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Name: Jeremy C.

Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH

Anticipated Major(s): Molecular & Cellular Biology and Computer Science

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? When I was hunting for selective schools with progressive education, I found JHU and immediately felt a connection. I completed some preliminary research and found that JHU was the perfect school for me. I was intrigued by the amazing educational opportunities this school provides as well as its numerous provisions for LGBTQ+ students. I felt that applying ED would increase my chances of acceptance, but I also chose to apply this way to prove to the Admissions Officers that I was (and still am!) dedicated to attending Hopkins!

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I have a passion for music, and have played the bassoon for four years as well as serving as one of our marching band’s field commanders this past year. I hope to get involved in both orchestral and pep bands during my time at Hopkins. I also am very involved in LGBTQ+ affairs, and founded my school’s Gay-Straight Alliance; I want to join as many LGBTQ+-related clubs and support groups as possible while I’m here so I can help and connect to others like myself.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? My favorite show of all time is Battle For Dream Island. The YouTube web series began in 2010, and while the series is not well known, it means everything to me. As an artist, the simple yet charming style drew me in, and the complex writing (primarily in later seasons) has inspired me to further my artistic journey and eventually create my own show in a similar style. The show has stuck with me for so long, and it’s become a major comfort for me. It sounds silly, but BFDI has cheered me up when I’ve been down, and my life would be drastically different without it.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) In 2018, I became the first freshman to win the We Solve Problems Essay Contest, a local essay contest in which over 1500 students submit essays in hopes to solve a problem impacting the world around them. My essay about LGBTQ+-inclusive education in schools won the grand prize, and I was even interviewed on a local news station! To this day, my English teachers still poke fun at me for bragging about 14-year-old Jeremy’s success!!