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Name: Kate K.

Hometown: Cedarburg, WI

Anticipated Major(s): Chemistry or Biology on the Pre-Med track

Anticipated Minor(s): Acting

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? I visited Washington D.C. as a sophomore in high school, and my parents told me I should start looking at colleges. I’ve always known that I wanted to be a doctor, so I searched for the best schools that prepare you for medical school. At the top of every list was Hopkins. When I first stepped on campus, I could picture myself attending Hopkins, and the campus tour and information sessions only added to the feeling. Among the credit distribution system, state-of-the-art research, interdisciplinary beliefs and strong sense of community, I knew that Hopkins was the right school for me.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? Over the course of my life, I’ve had over 50 surgeries, which have instilled empathy and a love of medicine in me from a young age. I’ve also been involved with theater since the age of five. While medicine and acting are typically unrelated, they’ve helped me make my closest friends and helped me know what I want to do with my life.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Attend events presented by the colleges you’re interested in. I know COVID forced all events online, but you should interact and learn about the colleges as much as you can. By doing so, you will get a clearer image of what schools fit you, and your essays will be better attuned to the schools.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) I’m most proud of starting a student-run play festival at a theater in Milwaukee. It has required a great deal of work and collaboration, but it’s been an great learning experience to create something that will help students for years to come.

If you could get ice cream with one person (real or imaginary; dead or alive), who would it be and what kind of ice cream would you get? I’d love to have cookie dough ice cream with Douglas Adams. After reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (of five books 😉), I feel like he would be full of fun and interesting conversations.