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Name: Katya G.

Hometown: Moscow, Russia

Anticipated Major(s): Biomedical Engineering, Economics

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? I was searching for my best-fit college, which offers Biomedical and Chemical Engineering programs, and when I attended one of Johns Hopkins webinars, I ended up crying with elation. I was so happy to find out that all of my interests and ambitions can be realized in one place, that I became convinced that JHU is my dream school. I could see myself talking to an adviser in the Office of Study Abroad, reading an article in the Gilman Atrium, or working on my research in the Applied Physics Laboratory so clearly, that I decided to send in my application as soon as possible and therefore was happy to make an ED commitment.

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My mother. She always respects me and treats me as equal. She supports me when I discover a new passion or start a new project and is always by my side when I am in doubt or lose my motivation.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) “Modern Odyssey.” For the purpose of this course, the political map can be divided into several regions, such as Western Europe, Latin America, or Central Asia, that will be covered one by one during the course. Firstly, I would give an introduction, some general facts, and announce all the countries of the first region to coordinate further project-based learning. As the Liberal Arts system unites students with various majors in one class, each area of social life can be assigned to the corresponding major. On the appointed date each speaker gives a presentation that should be focused on the catchiest facts unique to these countries in order to help students memorize maximum of the course. As a result, the group will get complete information about the countries’ history, cultural heritage, current economic and social issues, political system, and scientific environment. To add a personal touch, I would include reading books by Thor Heyerdahl (The Ra Expeditions, Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft) and “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert into the course as the finest examples of the travel spirit.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Дерзайте ныне ободренны Раченьем вашим показать, Что может собственных Платонов И быстрых разумом Невтонов Российская земля рождать” (“Now, being inspired, dare to prove with your diligence that Russian land can give birth to its own Platos and Newtons”)—”Ode for accession of Russian queen Elizabeth, year 1747″ by Mikhail Lomonosov, a scientific researcher in many areas (math, physics, chemistry), a poet, and founder of Moscow State University. It is extremely meaningful to me, as I strongly associate myself with my country and want to show its beauty and potential to the world in all possible ways.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Reading books while riding a shuttle through Baltimore and taking long walks near water, visiting Inner Harbor.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I want to be involved in research, join German club, and try something new.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? I grew up knowing that nothing gets done easily, without an effort. I had an example of a success story in front of me: My mother. So, it was natural to me to spend hours doing homework, exercising every day, or learning English and German for many years without supervision or reminders.
In addition to academic achievements, I enjoyed gradual personal growth being involved in conversations with my mother, grandmother, and adult family friends. Such interactions taught me to ask questions, learn from others’ experiences, and look up to people who outperform me in something.

What crazy invention would you love to design? A micro-device, that would independently monitor the hormones’ concentration in the blood flow and regulate it.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Album “Gorgorod” by a Russian rapper Oxxxymiron.

What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? Simba from “The Lion King.” I know that I have inner power and potential, I can sacrifice myself for someone I love without a second thought. Just like Simba I suffer from doubts of doing the wrong thing, the wrong choice, causing harm, and we both need to “remember who we are.”

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I am excited to pursue my passions and find new ones, developing alongside incredible people.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) Besides my admission to JHU, being a good sister to my little brother, Viktor.

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? Miron Fedorov aka Oxxxymiron, we would enjoy a banana split 🙂

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” My mother, my best friend Katya, and my teachers.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) A leading developer in Bayer.