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Name: Krystal Y.

Hometown: Mullica Hill, NJ

Major(s): Biology

Minor(s): Film & Media Studies

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? I’ve always known Hopkins as one of the leading schools in medicine and research my whole life, and I was especially amazed by Johns Hopkins’ leading efforts in COVID-19 research. While researching Hopkins’ website, I knew that I definitely wanted to apply ED because of the diverse academic community Johns Hopkins emphasizes. At this university, I knew that the people I would work with come from many different backgrounds and therefore would have so many different, creative approaches to the same problem. On top of that, even though I have lived in a very small town my whole life, I knew that the campus of Johns Hopkins and its surroundings would expose me to a lot of social and academic opportunities I would not have in a smaller setting.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Perfection is a fine ideal to strive for, but understand that the real measure is improvement. Are you in a better place today than you were yesterday? Then you’re succeeding.”—Mr. Lizzio. I always used to be too quick to deem something as a failure when it doesn’t turn out to be exactly what I had initially expected. However, this quote from my media teacher reminded me that success comes in all forms, not just perfection. I knew that if I learned something, I have improved, even if the project didn’t turn out to be completely “perfect.”

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? It is never too early to start your search, and when you research all the different colleges, really dive deep into the specific programs and opportunities they have to offer! It can be so easy to just group every college as this or that, but if you look closely, every single college is unique in its own way!

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Avatar: The Last Airbender! It’s “only a kids show,” but there hasn’t been any other show that has taught me more about the sacrifices one makes for love, the importance of family (blood relation or not), and the lengths one takes to find their true role in life.