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Name: Valerie T.

Hometown: Irvine, CA

Anticipated Major(s): Biomedical Engineering

Anticipated Minor(s): International Studies

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? I first discovered Hopkins for its emphasis on medicine and health, and when I decided that I would like to contribute to these fields through studying BME, I knew Hopkins was my top choice. Every Hopkins student I spoke to described Hopkins as a collaborative environment where everyone helps one another, and I was very excited about the abundant research opportunities. Choosing to apply ED was not a difficult decision as I knew I will be encouraged to perform my best and pursue all my interdisciplinary interests here. 

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? Most definitely my parents. While my dad inspires me by learning anything he puts his mind to, my mom encourages me to become a more understanding person. In school, my history teacher Mrs. Batley has always supported me through my high school academic and extracurricular endeavors.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? “The future is already here—it’s just not evenly distributed.”–William Gibson. This quote reminds me of the inequality in the world and I look forward to contributing to the effort in bringing more people “the future.”

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I miss living in a city and I am excited to visit all the special corners of Baltimore and learn about its cultures. Most importantly, I am pumped to study in the George Peabody Library.  

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I hope to get involved with research to gain practical experience in the lab. I would also like to get involved in student government or clubs that plan events for the student body.   

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Everyone has their own path in high school and please do not covet what your peers have. Reach for the stars! Apply to your dream school! Enjoy the things you commit yourself to and give it your all. 

What crazy invention would you love to design? I would love to design a pair of tennis shoes with replaceable outsoles. Tennis players need to replace their shoes because of the sole’s abrasion due to friction with the court, and it would be great if the outsole could be replaced individually instead of replacing the entire shoe.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I have never lived somewhere cold in my life, so I look forward to putting on winter coats and a scarf while I walk into a warm coffee shop for some studying. About Hopkins I am very excited to explore the biology field with research. 

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) I cooked a better bowl of noodles than my mom, according to a 12-year-old all-time noodle lover. 

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 matcha flavored ice cream with RBG.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” My teachers who have supported me in and out of the classroom. Every time I doubt myself about applying to Hopkins, my counselor and English teacher would always reassure me and help me relieve my stress. They also make learning enjoyable because they genuinely care about what I learn as well as my wellbeing. 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) In 10 years I see myself working on my own start-up with several of my classmates from Hopkins, creating medical devices or a medical solution to a disease.