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Name: Sophie Y.

Hometown: Vancouver, Canada

Major(s): Molecular & Cellular Biology

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? Some family friends attended Hopkins and said it’s an awesome school! I love all the opportunities Hopkins has to offer when it comes to hands-on research and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” It inspires me to push myself to step out of my comfort zone, especially when it comes to trying new things.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I hope to be involved in some music groups on campus. I’ve been playing the piano since I was four and I like to sing. I love listening to and making music, and I’ve dreamed to join a cappella group in college since I was little.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? When I moved to Canada from China in grade 6, not knowing any English, I had a hard time fitting in and lost all my confidence. I have often felt like I’m outside looking in, not quite knowing my place and where I belong. However, through tennis, I met many new friends who made me feel included, and I became more confident in myself. This experience helped me gain empathy and a real sense of wanting to help others find their footing and feel included.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Do your research! It’s important to understand what each school has to offer, what their strengths are, and what their student body is like. If possible, an in-person campus tour can really help you decide whether the school is a good fit or not (if your vibes match the school).