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Name: Thanh D.

Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Anticipated Major(s): Molecular & Cellular Biology and Public Health

Anticipated Minor(s): Bioethics

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? (I was accepted as Class of 2024 and am on a gap year.) Having always been interested in the intersection between human rights and healthcare, as well as finding ways to address health issues within my home country, I sought for an education that supports my ambition. Hopkins answers my search with vigorous Public Health resources, an open curriculum, and so much more. Attending the summer program, I fell in love with the campus, the abundance of research opportunities, and Hopkins’ overall collaborative atmosphere. With every step, I became more sure that this is where I am meant to be. After 3 years and 1 application process, I am flying back home.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Crab cakes! Cookies! Museums! Examining “Hairspray” through historical lens! Have I mentioned food?

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Do your due diligence in researching for college, and never be afraid to reach for the stars! You will make it. I believe in you.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong is entrancing, moving, and grounded. The work tells a unique story but contains universal truths; a must-read for those growing up confused, confounded about and by their own identity.

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? Mint chocolate ice cream with Henrietta Lacks. In order to love Hopkins, I also need to acknowledge its flaws.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” All the mentors in my life—parents, teachers, friends—who both inspire, guide, accompany, and let me grow at my own pace in every step of the way, with ceaseless compassion and love.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) In a world where healthcare is more accessible, equitable, and non-discriminatory. Hopefully still advocating for the de-stigmatization of sexual health education. And also on a coffee farm in Dalat. With 2 dogs (fingers crossed) and friends.