The Devil Wears Hopkins

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Name: Lauren Padilla Year: Class of 2019 Hometown: Longmeadow, MA Intended Path of Study: International Studies The Devil Wears Hopkins Yesterday, my mom and I got into a fight. The catalyst, as usual, was my excessive packing habits. Staring at the heaps of boxes destined for Hopkins, my mom informed me not so subtly that I needed…

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Tyrannosaurus Wrecks

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Name: Jonathan Mo Year: Class of 2019 Hometown: San Jose, CA Intended Path of Study: Neuroscience and Saxophone Performance Tyrannosaurus Wrecks “So why’d you bring your calculus textbook to Haiti?!” As I’m helplessly sifting through long forgotten methods and rules of limits and optimization, I can’t help but laugh at the absurdity of the question.…

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The Art of Moving On

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Name: Indu Radhakrishnan Year: Class of 2019 Hometown: Ashburn, VA Intended Path of Study: Public Health The Art of Moving On “Here,” my mother says, tearing the plastic wrap off a pack of flattened cardboard boxes. She hands me one before unceremoniously shoving a bundle of heavy-duty trash bags under my other arm,…

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The Bluejay That Almost Wasn’t


Name: Catherine Orlando Year: Class of 2018 Hometown: Harrison, NY Intended Path of Study: Neuroscience The Bluejay That Almost Wasn’t “I’m really starting to worry that you won’t fit.” This one-liner has been playing on repeat on my house since the first college item was purchased. First, the implication is not that all…

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The Secret Waitlist


Name: Joanna Schneider Year: Class of 2018 Hometown: Little Neck, NY Intended Path of Study: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Vocal Performance The Secret Waitlist On May 16, 2014, at exactly 11:00AM, my phone buzzed once, but I didn’t hear it or feel it. So maybe it didn’t actually happen. I’ve always told people that…

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Superstition, Biomedical Engineering, and America’s National Pastime

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Name: Tony Wang Year: Class of 2018 Hometown: Toronto, Canada Intended Path of Study: Biomedical Engineering Superstition, Biomedical Engineering, and America’s National Pastime On December 13th, I got admitted to Johns Hopkins University for biomedical engineering, my top choice program, and it was probably the happiest moment in my life so far. While most…

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