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Name: Mia H.

Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Anticipated Major(s): Undecided (but really considering Public Health!)

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? After I completed a research internship at the University of Arizona I knew that research was something I really enjoyed so I googled “research universities” and browsed the US News website. I decided to apply early because I knew if I applied regular decision and got in, I would chose Hopkins over any other school.

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? The most influential person in my life is definitely my brother. He was the first in my family to ever go to college and taught me to persevere.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) If would like to teach a class about natural, superstitious cures that Mexico has… because I have seen quite a few.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “The worst that can happen is I don’t get it.” Sometimes I tuck myself out of doing things because I feel I may not do well but I have to at least try. (yolo works too sometimes.)

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I am most excited to check out the aquarium! The vastness of the ocean is one of those things that I so hard to wrap my head around so learning more about it and seeing the different creates it has is awesome.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I hope to get involved in cultural clubs, like Olé, so that I can learn more about my Latino roots and about the diversity of Latin America. I also want to join a recreational soccer team!

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? My parents immigrated to the US from Mexico almost 30 years ago, so I’ve always been very aware of the racial and economic disparities of the US. It’s made me want to contribute to bring about equality in any way I can, which I hope to be in public health.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Don’t procrastinate! It’s so easy to but don’t do it!

What crazy invention would you love to design? A time travel machine! The fact that the people we read about in history class are real blow my mind so it would be incredible to see what they saw and how life really was.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Arthur was my favorite show when I was little and I still like to watch episodes everyone once and a while. That show thought me how important friends are and I even remember wanting a friend as cool as Buster.

What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? I think I’m sort of like Schmidt from New Girl. I, like Schmidt, am a bit obsessive and am indecisive at times.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I am so excited to meet new people (in a safe way if course)! It’s been an odd year so getting to interact with and make friends with new people sounds exciting.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) I am most proud of winning at the Southern Arizona science fair. And also surviving 2020!

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 like to get ice cream with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She is so awesome and I feel like she would be so fun to chat with.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” Toxic Detectives camp in 7th grade. That summer camp taught me that science is really applicable to every day life and showed me how critical it is to our health!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) In 10 years, I hope to be in a fellowship for whatever I find to be most passionate about in the next 4 years.