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Name: Jacob H.

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Anticipated Major(s): Mechanical Engineering, possibly Neuroscience

Anticipated Minor(s): Spanish

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? When I was exploring possible colleges, three things were important to me: a quality engineering program, a competitive soccer program, and an urban campus. After looking at Johns Hopkins, it became evident that it had all three, and when I looked more closely at the university, I was also drawn towards the collaborative environment students talked about and the accessibility of faculty and research. I chose to apply ED because of these factors and because I was offered a roster spot on the soccer team. I look forward to the next four years!

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) If I could teach one class at Hopkins, it would be a class on fractals. In my geometry class sophomore year, we were introduced to fractals, and it was an entirely new area of math that I had not learned before. By teaching a class on this material, it would not only require me to gain a deeper understanding of fractals, but it would also allow me to teach math in a way that is different than how it’s traditionally taught.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? The most important thing to think about when searching for colleges is what you value in a hypothetical “dream college.” You should let these aspects of a college guide your search for a college, and once you narrow down to a few that you think would be a good fit, try to get a sense of what the culture of that particular college is like by visiting the campus or taking virtual tours and attending events online. While you should accept the help of parents, teachers, and counselors, the final decision should ultimately come from you and what you value.

What crazy invention would you love to design? I would love to design some sort of GPS that you can use when shopping. Before you begin shopping, you would input the things you plan to buy from a shopping list, and the system would give you a route through the store that would allow you to find what you are looking for as quickly and efficiently as possible. There have been times when I have been shopping with one of my parents and we forgot to get something on our list and we had to go to the other side of the supermarket to get the item, or we didn’t know where an item was, so we had to go around searching for it. This type of software would help solve problems like these.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I am most excited for the opportunity to meet new people from around the world and learn from their unique perspectives. In addition, I am looking forward to the freedom that college will provide me in my class selections, daily schedule, and living space. Finally, I can’t wait to meet the soccer team and play alongside my teammates.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” The support of my parents.