Name: Ty’Shera M.
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? I discovered Hopkins by completing research to find the perfect school for me. After stalking Johns Hopkins since my sophomore year of high school, I decided this was the only school I wanted to attend.
Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My most influential person in my life is my mother. Raising seven children alone can cause an abundance of sadness, stress and anxiety but I’m extremely proud of her for raising my siblings and I to the best of her ability. We’ve grown into respectful, wonderful, and optimistic children. She’s extremely supportive. When I expressed to her my self doubt about applying to Johns, She said to me, “Ty’Shera reach for the stars.” So I did just that; and I grasped one.
If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I would teach African American History with a twist. The twist would be beginning the course with the first African civilization that occurred in 3400 B.C. The point is to educate students about how slavery disrupted African history and that it isn’t where it began. The point is to also educate students about the accomplishments and royalties Africans were in their history instead of teaching false propaganda that Black people were only enslaved people.
What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I’m most excited to explore central Baltimore.
What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I hope to get involved with volleyball, since I’m standing at 5’0, and African American societies.
How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? My family background experiences has motivated me to connect with different characters and personalities since I have six siblings who are all very different. My communication skills are proficient because of so.
What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? My best piece of college search advice for high school students is search for schools that offer you great financial aid. My biggest fear about going to college was welcoming debt. So if you have the same fear, try your hardest and best to apply to a school that covers anything you need it to cover so you can enjoy your college experience without worrying about making monthly payments.
What crazy invention would you love to design? I would love to design a bracelet that could connect to people that feel sad and depressed, that could bring them memories of joy that make them feel better.
What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? I think all of Beyoncé’s albums has had a great influence on my life. Her music has made me a joyful person and made me love dancing.
What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? A fictional character I relate most with is Cristina Yang from Grey’s Anatomy. She’s resilient and determined to be the best doctor she can be. Whilst I am determined to be the best person I can be.
What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I’m most excited for my biology courses but also decorating my dorm room! It will be my first time having my own space since I’ve shared a room with my sister.
What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) I’m most proud of my Johns Hopkins acceptance. I believed I was less fortunate to acceptance due to my race but I realized anything could happen.
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 get ice cream with my grand father. I would get cookies and cream.
Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” My mother.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) I see myself investing in my community with homeless shelters and donating while managing my career as a Cardiovascular surgeon.