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Name: Lillian H.

Hometown: Norwell, MA

Major(s): Public Health Studies and Molecular & Cellular Biology

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? Ever since middle school, I have been passionate about global health and especially tropical virology. Obviously, Hopkins is a biology powerhouse, so it was always on my radar. During high school, I visited many times, including a week long stay for the soccer camp, and I really loved the campus and the people I met. Everyone seemed so excited about their majors, and I was impressed by how they pursued high-level research outside of class while playing soccer, hiking with the Outdoors Club, and more. I realized that Hopkins was the ideal fit for me, in terms of public health, extracurriculars, and in the general mindset of students, which is why I applied ED.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett. It’s all about outbreaks and how the world isn’t ready for the next deadly virus (cue 2020). I was in awe of the “disease cowboys” of the CDC and wanted to do what they did. This book has shaped what I want to do with my life.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? A lot of people probably say this, but I am honestly just so excited to meet new people from so many different backgrounds. I want to learn from and about them, and hopefully learn more about myself and my identity in the process.

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? Taylor Swift and black raspberry! People might roll their eyes at that, but she really is a remarkable person. Obviously, I love her music, but even outside of that she is very intelligent, and I would love to have a conversation with her. And of course, I would try to find the truth behind all of the Swiftie conspiracies!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) Probably in a cave or jungle collecting bat samples. In all seriousness, I hope I am able to travel as a field epidemiologist, tracking outbreaks and learning from people of unique cultures.