Name: Kritika G.
Hometown: Martinez, GA
Anticipated Major(s): Neuroscience
How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? I discovered Hopkins through looking up good schools and looking up medical schools. I had just begun my college search journey, and I was thinking about becoming a neurosurgeon, and I saw that Johns Hopkins had one of the best medical schools in the nation. I started to ask around people that I knew were doctors, or were studying to become one, and they all told me that Johns Hopkins had some of the best resources and opportunities that a scientist or doctor could receive. After a little more research about the school and seeing how unique the campus and the education were, I decided that Johns Hopkins would be my first pick.
What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? One of the most exciting things about Baltimore is the snow that I will see when I get there. I know that people can see snow in almost any northern state, but I have lived in Martinez, Georgia, for a long time. The chances of seeing snow were nearly nonexistent in this town, so I became excited when I saw that Baltimore received a lot of snow during the winter seasons.
What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I hope to get involved in Indian cultural activities and find an orchestra to play with my flute. My culture and religion have been a massive part of my lifestyle, so I do not want to give that up when I go to Johns Hopkins. Also, the flute is something that I have been playing since middle school, and I do not want to give up something that helps me destress from everyday life. I also hope to get involved in Taekwondo while I am there since martial arts has also been a significant outlet for me, and it was one of my most favorite activities while I was in high school.
What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Find a school that legitimately fits your best interests. Do not just go to a school with good academics. Look at the community, the atmosphere, and the general living situation of the college. That place can become your home for the next four years, and picking a college that you see has only good academics could quickly become problematic if the rest of the campus does not reach those same standards. Enjoying the education that a school can give you is just as important as the standard of living that a school can give you.
What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? I think that I am most like Chidi Anagonye from The Good Place. He thought a lot about every decision he made and would stress over small decisions. I feel like I have the same problem, and like Chidi, I try my best to help my friends or others in any way that I can. Although I do not get stomachaches like Chidi, I tend to get bad headaches whenever something terrible happens.
What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I am most excited about the fantastic academic and medical opportunities that I can receive at Hopkins. Going to one of the best research universities in the world will open up a bright future, and I know that the people going there will be just as impressive.
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 would either get raspberry cheesecake or butter pecan ice cream since those are my favorite flavors, and I would go to Bruster’s since I have many good family memories there. I would want to sit down and have it with Robin Williams. He is one of my most significant role models, and I know that his impact on me and others was huge. To simply relax and see his perspective about life while eating ice cream would be one of the best, most relaxing evenings that I can imagine.
Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” My parents because have always pushed me to do my best. I know that they care a lot about my career and education, and they know that I have a lot of potential, even if I do not see it at times. They were one of the main reasons I applied since they knew that Hopkins would be one of the best schools that I could go to that would help me achieve the most that I can do.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) I see myself doing my residency for my neurosurgeon career in 10 years. Neurosurgery is the goal that I have in mind right now, and I know that I want to help those that cannot help themselves with this career. Hopefully, I will be doing my residency in either India, Baltimore, or back in Augusta with my family.