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Name: Manas J.

Hometown: Holtsville, NY

Major(s): Public Health Studies and Writing Seminars

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? In my search for a school where I would further my dual, divergent penchants for public health and creative writing, Hopkins emerged time and time again as an undisputed leader in both such fields. Realizing nowhere else is it easier to do a double major than at Hopkins, ED was the clear choice for me.

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My guru and spiritual head of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Sanstha, Mahant Swami Maharaj. A man of few words, It is often in nods and gestures that we speak. Though silence mediates our conversations, it is his gentle glance, his sprightly eyes that serve as my life’s guide. An ambassador of humility and a fountain of ever-flowing compassion, he is an exemplar of true saintliness. It is his ideals of magnanimous service, sincere spirituality, and candor that have left their deepest mark in my life.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? The force behind is always greater than the task ahead. Find your why.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Build a life, not a resumé.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee | A biography of cancer written with a cellular biologist’s precision and a historian’s perspective. Where human ingenuity and resilience come at odds with failure, misconceptions, and death. A battle wages, and the end is nowhere in sight.