Name: Twisha S.
Hometown: Rockaway, NJ
Anticipated Major(s): Double major in Neuroscience and Cellular & Molecular Biology
How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? I first heard of Hopkins when I entered my freshmen year; one of my family friends was applying to college, and Hopkins was on top of her list. In an attempt to understand and possibly assist my frazzled companion, I began to research the school, and while it may have been utterly useless for her, I fell in love. I fell in love with Hopkin’s pursuit for discovery, its fostering of curiosity, its devotion to research: applying ED was a decision I’d already made before entering my junior year. As a child who would measure her baby sister’s heartbeat with paper cups to achieve medical greatness, or water white tulips with blue food coloring to create a flower of her favorite color, the spirit of inquiry has been a guiding force throughout all of my pursuits, and will continue to flourish at Hopkins.
Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My dad. Throughout the entirety of my life, he has been the one constant I have always relied on. From anywhere including academics to the art of dropping a well articulated f-bomb in tasteful company, he has been my biggest mentor. In January of this year, he had a cardiac arrest while driving to work, landing him in a persistent vegetative state. Life without him is not something I had ever expected to experience, but now that it is my reality, I aim to live my life honoring his memory and all he has taught me. He always has been, and always will be the person I love the most.
Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? In the words of Dean Winchester from “Supernatural”: “Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole.” As someone who has yet to even get her learners permit at the age of 17, I have not yet had the privilege of placing myself in the esteemed drivers seat. Unfortunately, it seems the quote holds true in real life. Instead of me being able to turn to my favorite classic rock station, I am forced to endure my mother’s favorite classical station, or my friends’ favorite rap stations, a punishment I would not wish upon my most hated of foes. Thus, the quote inspires me to finally do my six hours, get my permit, and then in six months the license; only then will I have succeeded in finally tuning into 104.3 and passing a car ride in utter bliss.
What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? Devi from the show “Never Have I Ever.” An intelligent, independent, slightly boy crazy, brown high school girl grieving her father, making through life with her two racially diverse best friends and her traditional, yet simultaneously modern family. While I may not have her confidence at times, her background and her inclination to embarrassing situations resonates with me deeply.