Are you doing any research?
Working on metallic glasses with Professor Kathy Flores.
Why did you pick WashU?
They offered me the most money, and the financial aid office was very easy to work with.
What was your favorite course and why?
Materials Science is definitely my favorite course. I like it mostly because it just made sense to me, and Prof. Flores is a great professor. Additionally, it was the first class in which I felt like I was learning something I would be using in a job as an engineer or researcher.
Who is your favorite instructor and why?
Martha Hasting. She's very organized and a good lecturer in the classroom, but also very warm and more than willing to help outside of it. She makes an effort to learn everyone's name over the course of the semester, which I think is just one of the many ways she makes it known that she truly cares for her students and wants them to succeed.
What advice would you give to a new student?
Do what you want — your life is in your hands now, more so than ever before in your life. It can be really easy to slip into doing too much in certain aspects of college, and too little in others. I would just say be mindful and try to strike a good life balance. Since a "good life balance" is something that varies from person to person, I won't go into too much detail. What worked for me was trying a bunch of new things, seeing what stuck, and doing a review every so often to see if something is still worth my attention and if there's something else I could try instead. With that said, don't be afraid to try new things, but also don't feel obliged to keep going with something that no longer holds your interest.
What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?
The City Museum. Also, the fact that it's a huge chess city, but mostly the City Museum.
Do you have any work history?
I've worked three different work-study jobs at WashU, and I might be adding a fourth. I've worked in the Performing Arts Department as a scene shop crew member since the fall of freshman year. The scene shop is responsible for building the sets for shows put on by the department each semester, as well as some general maintenance and miscellaneous other tasks. In the fall of my sophomore year, I worked as a computer science teaching assistant for the introductory course, and in the spring, I started working as a 3-D printing technician at Student Technology Services.
What campus activities or groups would you recommend to a new student?
WUBS (Washington University Beatboxing Society). It's a club a few friends of mine started with me. We're still only three semesters old, but we've got a few performances under our belts and are always happy to welcome new members!
What are your plans for the future?
I don't really know yet, but I think I'll probably go to grad school. Whether that's here or somewhere else, I don't know at the moment. I would say my only real plans are to learn as much as I can now, so the future me can make an informed decision about what he wants to do. Since I'm not the future version of me, I have absolutely no idea what he wants to do. All I can do is work hard give him skills, knowledge and experience to use when he decides what plans to make for himself.