Hometown: Union City

Anticipated majors and minors: Public Health Studies and Biology with a minor in Computational Medicine

How did you discover Hopkins? Why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I first discovered Hopkins while researching about cancer cells for an 8th grade project, and then came across an article written by a researcher at Hopkins (which perfectly answered every questions I had for my project) I applied Early Decision because I knew it was the right place for me and would be a school that would provide me with opportunities to be involved in my community, explore and research within my majors, but also study anything and everything outside my major simply to learn more and have fun.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) Since I volunteer at an animal shelter, I would teach a class called “Understanding our Pet’s Behaviors: Is petting always the right move?” Through working with hundreds of cats and dogs at the shelter, I’ve learned about the subtle but visible changes in body language that pets make to alert us if they are ready to be pet and cuddled, or if they need more time. Each animal is different and takes different amounts of time to warm up to new people, and all we should do is give them space to come to us, rather than cuddling them at first sight.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Don’t be scared to apply to your dream schools just based on a few statistics! Give it your best shot and who knows what will happen! Don’t sell yourself short

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reed since it features the two sides of celebrity life: the exciting and drama filled moments, but also the sacrifices and impossible choices made to maintain fame.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) I’m most proud of building a free 3D printed prosthetic arm with the e-NABLE club at school for an 8-year-old boy and watching him swing a baseball bat with our superman themed prosthetic.

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 R.L Stine, the author of my absolute favorite childhood book series “Goosebumps” which featured creative but scary (at least for my 10-year-old self) creatures living among society. To match the occasion, I’d order my usual order as a child: chocolate ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) I see myself completing surgical residency to work as a traveling surgeon, performing free surgeries in countries around the world.