Name: Vara Qi G.  

Hometown: Selangor, Malaysia  

Anticipated Major(s) and minor(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology 

How did you discover Hopkins? I was first introduced to Hopkins by my mum, who frequently reads news about the COVID-19 pandemic and is constantly citing research from Hopkins. I decided to apply because I wanted a school with excellent research opportunities and a vibrant sense of community. 

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Every first draft is perfect because all the first draft has to do is exist” – Jane Smiley. This quote reminds me that it is okay to not be immediately amazing at something, as long as I have the courage to try. 

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Eat Chipotle (We don’t have it in Malaysia) 

What are you most excited for about coming to Hopkins? Being exposed to a new culture far away from home and meeting people from diverse backgrounds.