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Name: Meghana K.

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Anticipated Major(s): Computer Science and International Studies

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply? I decided to apply to Johns Hopkins because of its amazing academic opportunities and its close proximity to Washington D.C.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? My best piece of advice is to step outside your comfort zone and take high school day by day. Take challenging classes, join interesting clubs, and volunteer in your community to determine what you’re most passionate about.

What crazy invention would you love to design? I would love to invent a replica of Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. The suit is durable, flexible, and made up of nanoparticles that help build and repair the armor. The suit also helped Tony Stark defeat Thanos (no biggie).

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? The TV show Psych made up most of my childhood. The show’s main character is Shawn Spencer, a psychic detective for the Santa Barbara Police Department. Shawn has solved an impressive number of cases, but before landing the job, he did a lot of soul searching by working at a candy store, creating an acupuncture clinic, and driving a wiener mobile (yep, really). Through his experiences, Shawn taught me that life is going to be crazy and unpredictable. He’s made me excited to pivot and find new paths just like he did.