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Name: Matt D.

Hometown: Sonoma, CA

Major(s): Mechanical Engineering and Economics

Minor(s): Entrepreneurship & Management

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? Great school, great campus, great people.

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My father. He has always been there and set an example for me.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) Designing and building cars.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? Work hard, play hard. Not the beat origin, but work hard in the class room and play hard on the field.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Campus life and a great city.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? Football and the Baja project.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? Both of my parents are extremely hard working and driven. I believe this attitude on life has rubbed off on me for sure.

What crazy invention would you love to design? A brand new kind of car. I can’t tell you what the design is though, because it’s not patented and you will steal it! Haha

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Iron Man. Tony Stark and what he did for a living before joining the avengers.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? Meeting new people and taking new classes.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) I honestly don’t know. A big thing that I am proud of is the strong relationship I have with my sister, one of my beat friends.

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 eat any kind of ice cream because the ice cream doesn’t really matter with Elon Musk. That guy is one interesting dude.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” My family.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) Owning my own business.