Hometown: Lebanon

Anticipated majors and minors: Biochemistry (pre-med)

How did you discover Hopkins? Why did you decide to apply Early Decision? As the pandemic was accelerating, the words “John Hopkins” took over the news and my human instinct of curiosity grew stronger than ever: what is this institution? How is it capable of finding answers really quickly? Taking matters into my own hand, I delved deep and the first thing I found is that the institution is called JohnS Hopkins (please, never forget the “s”) and not John Hopkins. Second, I was fascinated by the colossal numbers related to Hopkins: 2.1$ dollars spent on research in a year, 5,233 international students… I also noticed that the Hopkins definition of research is trying to answer questions not only in labs, but also amongst the greater community. Do you like chocolate or broccoli? My decision to ED to Hopkins was as easy as choosing between chocolate and broccoli (chocolate, of course). It was as though I was meant to apply there! Hopkins is a true place where my ambitions can be fueled to find answers to the toughest questions.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I would love to teach a class called “The Biology of Everything.” Trying to prove that biology is everything and everything is biology, I see myself teaching this course which will revolve around relating nearly every aspect of your life to biology. To me, biology is not a subject; it is a set of interrelated aspects that require a multifaceted approach.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? My first goal, other than meeting the class of 2026, is to get involved in pancreatic research and try to find glucose derived glycogen regulators which will help treat diabetes. I also cannot wait to have my first meal at the FFC. In terms of student organizations, I want to get involved in “Advocates for Baltimore Community Health” to help spread awareness especially in the midst of a pandemic and the “Alternative Protein Project at Johns Hopkins”. I would also love to embody and spread my Arab background by joining the “Arab Student Union.” Hopefully, I can collaborate with my fellow Arabs and open a little section at the FFC to give you a little taste of what Arabic food is all about (spoiler: it’s amazing).

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Yes, it is pressuring, but it is EXTREMELY rewarding. Use the application process to discover yourself. Look for universities that you want and that want you because feelings should be mutual.

What out of the box invention would you love to design? I would love to continue working on Elizabeth Holmes’ invention “Theranos” which is a machine that can run thousands of tests from a single drop of blood. I believe that this invention will have the ability to help in many ways including helping my fear of drawing blood samples.

What are you most excited for about coming to Hopkins? Other than never-ending opportunities, research and food, I’m really excited to solve the mystery of the flamingos on the Homewood campus! I also can’t wait to dissect several of the dissertations in the Peabody library!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) In 10 years, I see myself working on mars among aliens… Just kidding! I see myself collaborating with my peers and trying to find a cure for diabetes while continuing the work on “Theranos” (a machine that can perform several tests from a single drop of blood).