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Isaac Kinde turned down Stanford and lived to tell about it

Isaac Kinde turned down Stanford and lived to tell about it

Isaac KInde turned down Stanford for University of Maryland, Baltimore.How many high school seniors turn down the chance to attend college at Stanford University for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County?

At least one. Yes, Isaac Kinde turned down Stanford. He rejected a coveted admissions offer from one of the world’s great universities for a ticket to a mid-Atlantic state school.

And if you’re thinking Stanford’s nosebleed tuition was the reason, think again.

“Money was not the issue,” Kinde, a native of San Bernardino, California, tells 60second Recap. “Not at all.”

The decision that changed Isaac Kinde's life

Isaac will soon receive his M.D. and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, among the world's leading medical schools. He’s developed significant improvements in technologies used to detect different kinds of cancer. He's submitted patent applications for his work, which has been published in prestigious academic journals such as Science Translational Medicine, Nature and PLOS ONE. And he was named by Forbes as a "30 under 30" star in "Science and Health Care."

It's not surprising to see Forbes trumpet Kinde's affiliation with celebrated Johns Hopkins. Perhaps as unsurprising: Forbes makes no mention of that mid-Atlantic state school Kinde credits for his launch. (In fairness to the editors at Forbes, there's no reason to think they're purposefully ignoring UMBC: Forbes "30 over 30" made no mention of Parisa Tabriz's connection with the University of Illinois, or David Rusenko's link with Penn State, either.)

Isaac Kinde turned down Stanford for Maryland, and now he's at Johns Hopkins medical school.

Legendary: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

“It changed my life,” says Isaac of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, known by its initials, UMBC.

Isaac Kinde's path from high school senior to research superstar

As a high school senior, Kinde says he knew wanted to pursue a career in field of health care—specifically, he says he thought at the time, a career in the field of health care management. UMBC won him over with its Meyerhoff Scholars Program, an exceptionally supportive program for minority students with an interest in research science and engineering.

"When I went to college, I had no idea I'd do research," Kinde says. UMBC, he adds, "offered a close-knit community, amazing support, opportunities for collaboration." Upon his arrival at UMBC, Kinde had decided to go to medical school and then to become a doctor. But when UMBC faculty pulled him into research, he says he found his passion:

"Asking and answering the question nobody else knows," he says. "The idea of being out there was just very appealing."

Isaac Kinde turned down Stanford to become a Meyerhoff fellow at UMBC.

Sealed the deal: Meyerhoff Scholars Program

Kinde's research involves improving the accuracy of DNA sequencing, a pioneering technique that identifies specific genes hiding in the vast landscape of the human genome. The technology he's developed allows researchers to sort mutations in the bloodstream that are cancerous from other mutations that may not be so dangerous, and to do so earlier and with greater accuracy than ever.

This year, the soon-to-be Dr. Isaac Kinde will finish up his coursework for his M.D. He's long ago completed his PhD requirements.

Isaac Kinde turned down Stanford, and here's his advice to you.

"Look behind the name, understand what the institution itself has to offer, and decide whether it’s the right match…before you send in your deposit money," he says. In Kinde’s case, the deciding factor was the one-on-one mentoring offered by the Meyerhoff Program.

"But everyone's needs and interests will be different," he adds. “So really look into the different opportunities that different schools have: Someone is always doing something interesting. You just have to find out what it is.


 You might also be interested in: Forbes "30 under 30": Colleges they don't talk about. 


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