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Name: Susan K.

Hometown: Elkridge, MD

Anticipated Major(s): Biomedical Engineering

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply? Ever since I was little, I was always informed and constantly reminded of Hopkins and its unrivaled education because many of my close family friends went there. Learning more about Hopkins growing up through close alumni’s experiences and personal research, I became fascinated with Hopkins’s commitment to collaboration over competition and dedication towards innovating by context. I wanted to be part of the irreplaceable nest, and so, I boldly did the deed and applied.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) As someone who LOVES stationery, I have to dedicate a class to it 😛 I’d name it “A Pencil a Day Keeps the Sad Away”—a thorough examination of why pens and pencils with extravagant visuals are essential to a Blue Jay’s quality of life. 

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Quality over quantity. Quality over quantity. Quality over quantity. I think there’s a misconception that doing more is always better. Joining more clubs or starting one just for the sake of it looking “good” in your resume/application won’t work. Instead of overloading yourself with things you aren’t that interested in, be genuine and work hard on the few you truly love and are passionate about the most. Think about why you love what you do, and how it helped you grow throughout the months or years.

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? A sweet ice cream date with Dayul, my 7-year old baby cousin who is on the other side of the world, would be extremely nice—mint for me and strawberry for her! 😀