Why did you pick WashU?
I came to campus and everything just felt like home. Everyone was friendly and wanted to help each other out. I also really liked how close the Medical School was as I knew that I was interested in pursuing research and this provided a large number of labs to look at.
What was your favorite course and why?
My favorite class I've taken is biosolid mechanics. It was taught by Dr. Lori Setton who is such a fun lecturer and it was also incredibly interesting. We were able to learn everything in a real-life context which made the difficult math seem less abstract. We were also able to choose our own final project to study which allowed us to explore our own areas of interest. I would highly recommend this class to any BMEs.
Are you performing any research in a lab?
Yes, Walter Lab - Hematopoietic Diseases, looking into Asxl1 mutation effects
Who is your favorite instructor and why?
Dr. Lori Setton has been my favorite professor. She always used real-world applications for problems which helped make the crazy math make sense. Additionally, she was very accessible for students, always keeping in contact as well as keeping appraised of the workload she was giving out. On top of all of this, she made the material fun and engaging and she is so passionate about the work.
What advice would you give to a new student?
Don't stress too much if you don't get something right away and don't be afraid to ask for help. If you ask for help, you will end up understanding the material more and you won't get the feeling that you're behind on future material either. Professors and TAs want to help you; it is their job, and they're just people too. They've been where you are and know that if you're coming for help that you care about understanding the material. I promise, they really aren't that scary!
What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?
Forest Park! Forest Park is my favorite thing about St. Louis by far. It has so many things to do, tons of green space, and is great for walking and biking. I highly recommend checking out the Art Museum in the park if you like art and if you like animals, the St. Louis zoo (also in Forest Park) is fantastic! I went for the first time for my junior year and I wish I had gone sooner!
What campus activities or groups would you recommend to a new student?
If you're an engineer, definitely EnCouncil or SWE (if you're a woman). Student Union is also a really cool thing to be engaged in since you are able to affect policies that actually apply to yourself and other students. Additionally, if you are looking for volunteer opportunities, definitely check out some of the tutoring groups or philanthropy groups. If you're sporty but don't want I huge time commitment, check out the club sports teams.
Do you have any work history? If yes, please describe.
I've had two internships during my time at WashU over the summer after my freshman and junior years. I worked freshman year in a prototype prosthetic lab at UW-Madison. It was a really great experience, especially for a freshman. Junior year summer I worked at Medtronic as a BME intern which was a real awesome experience and I felt like I made a difference at the company. I've also worked at more commonplace jobs as well. I worked at target freshman year, I also tutor on campus and have TA'd for classes.
Are there any not-for-profit agencies that you have volunteered or worked with?
The American Heart Association
What are your plans for the future?
I am currently applying to Ph.D. programs in Biomedical Sciences so that I can work on therapeutic tools and treatments for cancers and autoimmune diseases.