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Name: Meera B.

Hometown: San Jose, CA but currently living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Anticipated Major(s): Biomedical Engineering

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? Starting from middle school, I began to search for colleges where I could explore this avenue of research and receive the best tools to succeed in medicine. That is when I first found Johns Hopkins University. Continually revered as the leading institution in medicine and medical research, Johns Hopkins has been heavily established as the forefront of groundbreaking research. As I started to grow older, I discovered the amazing capabilities and opportunities that Johns Hopkins has to offer. As quoted from JHU themselves, “At Hopkins, you will have the flexibility and resources to turn your biggest questions into answers and the network of the leading research university to support you along each step of your journey.” It is this environment of intellectual freedom and curiosity that I am incredibly excited to be a part of as a member of the Class of 2025!

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? Just keep swimming! This light-hearted motto by one of my favorite characters of all time, Dory from Finding Nemo, has always been my go-to thought when I’m going through difficult times. I always think of the happy, optimistic nature of Dory and how this small quote led those two fish to beat the impossible and swim across the ocean to find Nemo. This pure perseverance has been one of my favorite ideas, and only through this motto have I been able to continue embodying that bravery and determination.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I’m so excited to run around in the snow! All my life, I have solely lived in the temperate, warm weather of California and Dubai, so Baltimore will be the first opportunity for me to experience the wintery magic of snow.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? As a proud Kashmiri Hindu, I have grown up learning about every aspect of my beloved culture; from our renowned apple orchards and snow-capped mountains to our lively spoken language, my Kashmiri identity is incredibly meaningful to me. Yet, while growing up, my insistent questions on why we could not return home led to my discovery about the brutal history of terror that we faced. For over seven centuries, my people have been persecuted for our peaceful faith as we faced widespread genocides, mass exoduses, and forced conversions, leaving a large portion of us as refugees.

Driven to make a difference, I began raising awareness about my community through conversations with my peers where I supplemented Kashmiri literature and historical accounts with my own lived experiences to further their understanding. One of my largest platforms for formal advocacy has been Speech & Debate, where I have given speeches advocating for my community’s struggles with overcoming religious persecution. As a Kashmiri Hindu, I look forward to lending my voice to the voiceless and amplifying the call for greater equity as I embody the strength and resilience that my ancestors have had for centuries.

What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? More than any other fictional character, I have always possessed a special affinity for the green, one-eyed Mike Wazowski from Monsters University. Portrayed as intelligent, self-confident, loyal, and determined to a fault, Mike always struck me as another version of myself. Here was someone who knew throughout their entire life, just like I do, what they wanted to accomplish. Despite facing numerous setbacks, he persevered to reach his ambitions. Like him, I am determined to live my life boldly—committed and undeterred despite the obstacles in my path.

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? If I were to have ice cream with one person, it would definitely be Buddha as I delve into the countless questions I have for him; all while enjoying Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream!

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for my parents. They have been my biggest source of support and motivation, and it has only been through their help that I’ve discovered the amazing opportunities at Hopkins and pursued my deep interest and passions in medicine and biomedical research!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) I see myself post-medical school doing an amazing medical residency in the future! Leading up to that time, I hope to have worked with notable professors and contributed to the incredibly advancing research in the field of biomedical engineering in areas such as tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.