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Name: Tracy N.

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Anticipated Major(s): Molecular Biology or Medicine, Science & the Humanities

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? I heard about Hopkins from my Matriculate mentor and admissions officer that came to virtually visit, and after learning about the numerous research opportunities, majors, supportive social environment and vibrant city life at Baltimore, I knew it was the school for me.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” This inspires me to try new things outside my comfort zone, like applying to out-of-state schools such as Hopkins.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Definitely explore yummy food places! I already have Insomnia Cookies, Crepe Studio, and Kippo Ramen on my list.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I’d like to join the FLI Network, VSA club, an advocacy group, and maybe dance!

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Start early! Allow yourself time to reach out to high school alumni, current college students, and/or admissions officers to hear about their experiences (and insider tips), explore college websites and take virtual tours to make sure you find colleges that are the right fit for you. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by so many cool colleges, but when you narrow down your fit factors, it’s much easier to find which colleges you really like. It may take a while, but it’s worth it come senior year when you have your prepared college list.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? “This Bridge Called My Back” by Cherrie Moraga & Gloria Anzaldua opened my eyes on feminism and racial inequality, highly recommend this anthology for everyone!

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I’m excited to make new friends, lay down on “The Beach” with a good book or blanket, and explore a bunch of interdisciplinary classes Hopkins has to offer!

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 grab a classic vanilla ice cream sandwich or a pistachio-flavored ice cream cone with my little brother on a hot summer day.