On Administration: Some Applicants Put Their Eggs In One Carton Leslie Rice ------------------------------------ Homewood News and Information It may look like an egg carton gone haywire, but Bill Hapiuk, assistant director of Undergraduate Admissions, is actually holding a freshman admissions essay. This year, the Hopkins admissions crew came up with some rather creative essay questions for Hopkins hopefuls, and they were met with some equally creative responses. Among the essays was one presumably geared for the more engineering-minded: "Take a piece of wire, a Hopkins car window sticker, an egg carton and an inexpensive hardware store item and write an essay about how your invention would solve a problem. But fiction writers, don't worry, we won't require proof it works." While most applicants responded with stories about their invention--one wrote he retrieved his keys from beneath his car by attaching the wire and the carton and scraping it underneath the car with the sticky part of the window sticker--one high school senior from Southern California created an actual gizmo and mailed it to the Admissions Office. Straight out of an episode of the old television show McGyver, the student used some wire, the sticker, the egg carton and a small bell to create a pool alarm. The bell goes off if there is splashing in the pool and alerts parents that a child may be in the pool. The number of applicants may break a Hopkins record this year, says admissions director Paul White. By last Friday, the Admissions Office had received 8,466 applications. That's up from 7,875 this time last year, leading administrators to believe applications will hit an all-time record in 1996. High school students will learn about their fate in the middle of March. No word yet on whether the pool alarm inventor has been accepted.
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