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Name: Olivia K.

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Major(s): Biology

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? Johns Hopkins has always been my dream school, and the welcoming, intellectual, diverse, and ambitious atmosphere of Hopkins community prompted me to apply for Early Decision.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I would like to teach a class about note-taking & time management skills because I have had ceaseless, creative passion in developing a personalized note-taking system and skills to manage my time efficiently. I have learned, through countless years of experience and trial and errors, how to do so. Now, I am confident to share my useful systems with others and share my testimony of how these effective systems altered my lifestyle and perspective in life.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) This is my “life-verse.” This was the first verse that memorized as a child. Ever since, this verse has encouraged me in my darkest days to stand back up again. Every time I read or remember this verse, I am encouraged to trust completely in the Lord who has guided my life and accept any challenges in life dauntlessly. Whenever life hits me hard or does not go the way that I have expected, I look to this verse and am reminded that the Lord is always with me and will give strength to achieve His will for my life.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) I am the first student from my school to receive the prestigious Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen scholarship for the East Texas area. In receiving this award, I was chosen as the lone finalist from among dozens of participants from all around our region. As a result, I have currently moved on to the state finalist competition where my essay will be considered with other top essays from around the state.

I have competed in the (3rd and) 4th annual East Texas Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition with Mozart’s Flute Sonata in D Major and won 1st place. I am chosen to be the guest soloist in a Concerto performance with the East Texas Youth Symphony Orchestra in May of 2021.

I count this encounter and relationship as one of the most influential accomplishment in my life: I have been serving the Korean War Veterans with flute for 6 years. With this relationship in my life, I learned that our freedom is not given for granted. These Korean War veterans taught me sacrifice, loyalty to the country, and service for the good of humanity. My perspective and priorities in life have drastically altered to do all things to serve others.

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 love to get ice cream with my grandfather who has suffered from a stroke. He is now at a hospital and has lost his speech. I would love to visit Jeju island (which is his favorite island to visit in Korea) and get a mint chocolate chip ice cream for me and a vanilla ice cream for my grandfather. If he could speak, I would love to talk with him about life, listen to his stories and testimonies, share Christ with him, and ask for life advice as I head to Hopkins. If he could not speak, I hope he can be refreshed by walking along the shores of Jeju.