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Name: Shreya A.

Hometown: Somerset, NJ

Major(s): Molecular & Cellular Biology and Classics

Minor(s): Computational Medicine

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? I discovered Hopkins when touring my sophomore year. It was pouring and so cold, but despite that, Hopkins seemed like the perfect fit for me—a beautiful place filled with determined, intelligent, lovely people. I decided to apply ED because I knew that attending Johns Hopkins would enable me to explore—whether that’s academically, as I pursue a double major in the humanities and STEM, or socially, as I meet peers and hear perspectives from across the world.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I’m really interested in the cross-section between STEM and the humanities, so I would love to teach a class on medical anthropology, discussing how the relationship society has with healing has changed over the years!

What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? I see myself as a combination of Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars – fiercely passionate, enthusiastic, and kind with just a touch of stubbornness.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? Research! Joining an Indian fusion dance team! Meeting new people from around the world! Exploring Baltimore! In essence, everything.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) The research I conducted in high school! I am super proud that I got my research on Landoltia Punctata published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information and could research mental health through my independent study on brine shrimp heart rates.

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 get sea salt caramel cones with Leonardo DaVinci.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” My parents for always encouraging me to dream big and to chase after the impossible.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) At NASA, conducting astrobiology research and exploring life beyond our universe? Becoming a doctor to end antibiotic resistance? Working at a biotech startup to make affordable cancer treatment a reality? The possibilities are endless.