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Name: Jackson M.

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Major(s): Biomedical Engineering and Political Science

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? During the summer before my junior year, my family decided to take a trip to D.C. and visit colleges nearby. One of those was Hopkins. At Hopkins, my student tour gave the tour guides in D.C. a run for their money. I loved the vibrancy, architecture, “beach,” and the symbiotic relationship shared between STEM and the humanities. Plus, Hopkins offered BME as an undergraduate major. With all things considered, ED was a no-brainer.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) Critical Analysis of Gaming— a humanities course that takes the discipline of critical analysis and applies it to the oft-ignored literary merit found within digital media (specifically video games). That way, I could discuss the intersection of philosophy and human nature with video games and be paid for it rather than told I’m “reading into it too much” for free.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Tour the local food places!

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Apply to at least 8 schools that are varied between reaches and safeties unless you know for sure you will get into your first choice, and find someone who is an incredible essay writer and imbibe their prose skills before you start on college essays. AND START EARLY!

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? The 1995 Nintendo game EarthBound; I picked up the game on the Wii U virtual console one day because it looked creative and nostalgic. While neither of those adjectives are wrong, it was an experience far grander than either encapsulate. I can’t say much without spoiling it, but it gave me an appreciation for the little things and a respect for storytelling that takes risks.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) Writing a 34 page paper (36 with citations!) and submitting within the deadline after five or so grueling nights as a part of a summer science program. Sending extra kudos to my 2 amazing co-authors. ❤️

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) Regardless of what I’m doing, there are two things that should be true: I want to be happy, and I want to be treating others with kindness and dignity.