What Are Our Students Like?

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Members of the class are inquisitive, accomplished and serious, yet fun-loving, friendly and unpretentious. They include musicians, singers, soccer players, bicycle riders, ultimate players, crew rowers, fly fishermen, Irish dancers and lots of runners. Many have been tutors, community and emergency room volunteers, while others have volunteered for widely known groups such as Teach for America, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Special Olympics. The class also includes several students who were on their own and had to work a lot to fund their undergraduate educations.

Several came with international experiences in places such as Malawi, the Marshall Islands, South America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

And all of them are serious about learning, discovery and using medicine to help others.

Meet our students

Our students have many different reasons and motivations for why they are here. Learn more about what made them want to become doctors and why they chose to come to medical school here at Washington University.

Match Day

Match Day is an annual, nationwide event. On this day, graduating medical students across the country find out which specialties, and which hospitals or care centers, they have matched to for their residency training. Watch where our students have matched.

Self-Reported Talents of Our 2017 First-Year Students

  • Playing piano, clarinet, flute & saxophone, singing, knitting, hiking
  • Playing sports, collecting Star Wars bobble heads, watching series, and dancing
  • Playing guitar, having fun outdoors, cooking, and running around with friends
  • Tennis, Ping Pong, watching movies, riding ATVs, Jetskis, you name it
  • Drums
  • Knitting, cooking, reading, watching tv, working out
  • Basketball, running, basic sign language
  • Water Polo, reading, working out, hiking/exploring the outdoors
  • Music composition, piano, cooking
  • Writing, jigsaw/crossword puzzles, reading, cooking/baking/eating
  • Working out, playing/watching sports, playing piano
  • Tennis, weightlifting, Zumba, kickboxing, plant biology
  • Reading, writing, singing, playing badminton, learning different languages
  • Trying new restaurants with my friends, singing along to all of Taylor Swift’s songs
  • Piano, basketball, hiking, writing
  • Cooking, baking, eating
  • Hiking / Rock climbing
  • Writing, opera singing, learning about cheese, collecting pocket squares and cat paraphernalia
  • Hoop Dancing, Drawing and Watercolor Painting
  • Carpentry, fire-eating, piranha juggling
  • Hiking, camping, backpacking, soccer
  • Reading, baking, playing saxophone, painting, juggling, writing and learning about American Civil War History
  • Road Cycling, reading (history, non-fiction), cooking, photography
  • Baking, yoga, bullet journaling, karaoke, and playing the piano
  • Playing violin, Salsa and Bachata dancing, elaborate baking
  • Tennis, Video Games, Logic Puzzles
  • Running
  • Encyclopedic knowledge of useless facts, oddly specific areas of handiness, (mostly) productive overthinking
  • Triathlons/Marathons, Outdoor Adventuring, Reading a Book I Can’t Put Down
  • Acting
  • Cooking, Crocheting, & Volunteering in the Arts
  • I speak Spanish and English fluently, some French. I enjoy playing Heads Up and karaoke/trivia nights at bars. And I love being outdoors.
  • Nutrition, cooking and eating. I love music and play guitar and viola. I also spend too much time playing fantasy baseball and football.
  • Playing music, mostly piano and guitar, and I’m always down for a jam session. Playing pickup sports, like ultimate Frisbee and spike ball. I like beat boxing, especially when stuck in an elevator at Del Co.
  • Skiing, backpacking, carpentry, and hunting
  • Triathlon (swim/bike/run), playing cards
  • Listening to music/podcasts, exploring the city, watching Key & Peele/used to know all of “U Can’t Touch This”.
  • Weightlifting, traveling, yelling at the TV during college basketball season
  • Music, climbing, cooking/baking
  • I enjoy running, camping, and spontaneous dance parties
  • Basketball, golf, running, Game of Thrones
  • Running, Skateboarding, Hiking, Backcountry, Folk Music
  • Playing the piano, Games (anything that requires thinking, lying, or strategy), cooking and eating new foods!
  • Hanging out, sightseeing, skateboarding around, and talking about cars.
  • Listening to live music, hiking, camping, traveling, yoga, soccer
  • Weightlifting, virtually any sport except swimming, cooking, dancing, playing guitar
  • Violin, amateur (very!) guitar, photography, cooking
  • Gymnastics, Netflix
  • Succulents, video games, arts and crafts, trying new things
  • I’m an avid Boston Hockey nut (both a fan and player) and when it comes to picking up random sports/ games I’m a master of none, willing participant in all.
  • Playing music, sports, cooking, climbing, snowboarding
  • Yoga, running, cycling, playing classical music on the piano, traveling, watching horror movies
  • Singing and playing violin/piano/guitar for fun.
  • Traveling, languages, piano, basketball, baseball
  • My hobbies are playing tennis, painting and reading. I am not sure if this is a special talent, but I can slalom ski.
  • Eating, running, going to the gym, music
  • Making amazing pasta and napping!
  • Piano/Guitar/Singing. Tennis.
  • I am a huge Le Tour de France fan almost exclusively in the month of July.
  • Watching sports, playing basketball, computer programming, trying unsuccessfully to get back into running
  • Running and cooking
  • Pole vaulting, camping, traveling
  • Playing volleyball and softball, watching sports, playing board games, and doing puzzles
  • C130J Pilot, Trail Running, Triathlon, Camping, Board Games, Any kid games (I have 2 little boys–2 and 4 years old)
  • Playing trumpet, running, biking, reading and writing fantasy.
  • Singing, dancing, and teaching
  • Swing dancing!
  • Painting, cooking, movie watching, hanging with friends
  • Making healthy recipes, learning/knowing random (mostly useless) trivia, discussing TV shows/movies
  • Violinist, Baker (especially cake balls), Spending time with family and friends, getting active sometimes and watching Netflix other times, Amazon Prime
  • Sleeping
  • Singing, dancing, art, watching movies, chatting about unimportant things
  • Reading and running
  • I enjoy hiking and canoeing. Also, I can recite all of the lines from the first five seasons of The Office.
  • Going on nice jogs, hiking & backpacking
  • Running, cooking, eating donuts, and putting hot sauce on everything
  • Dancing, running, baking, and Netflix binge-watching
  • My favorite hobby is to cook and host dinners. I also love to travel, dance, and draw.
  • Basket weaving, knowing all of the prices on The Price Is Right, telling true crime stories
  • Baseball, saxophone, belligerent Canadianism
  • Travel, scuba diving, horseback riding
  • Staying active, drawing, reading, watching tv shows/movies and recently, cooking.
  • Photography, Hiking, Tennis
  • Hiking and getting my dog out and about; reading, especially poetry; cooking
  • I sing opera (or most anything), occasionally run marathons at a leisurely pace, play an immoderate amount of video games, and emotionally over invest in the SF Giants.
  • Skiing, running, biking
  • Swimming, soccer, and playing the viola
  • Sports– Soccer, running, swimming, you name it. Baking, traveling
  • Hiking, Cooking, Translation
  • Cooking, Watching Basketball and TV, Hiking
  • Photography, Baking, Hiking, Hobby Electronics/Programming
  • Swimming – competitive and open water, Triathlons, Massages, baking
  • Love playing FIFA
  • Music composition, recording, and production (I sing and play some instruments). I write a little in my spare time. While not a hobby or talent, I also really like Brazil nuts
  • Football, weight lifting, and quoting movies
  • Reading, cooking, hiking, playing violin and ukulele, singing in the car, befriending strangers on public transportation, sleeping in uncomfortable positions
  • Photography, listening to live music
  • Dance
  • Soft trumpet, cooking
  • Baking, hiking, knitting and playing the piano
  • Playing piano/music anything, kickboxing, yoga, hiking, eating, going on new adventures
  • Preparing KFC in Original, Crispy, or Kentucky Grilled if you’re into that.
  • I enjoy playing basketball, watching sports, eating good food around town, and doing fun outdoorsy stuff!
  • Swimming, volleyball, tennis
  • Basketball
  • Singing and an incredible ability to nap anywhere. I like to sing in choir, watch and rewatch The Office, and spend time with my family.
  • Reading fiction, playing pickup basketball, making squawking noises with a violin, and breathing deeply
  • Triathlon, Backpacking, Painting, Surfing, Traveling
  • Collecting hot sauces
  • Dog whisperer, quoting movies, guitar, sports, hiking and skiing
  • Ballet, crossword puzzles, taking photos of cows (yes, really)
  • A not-too-shabby sense of direction, a love of stories
  • Drawing, painting, running
  • Playing cards, running in the cold weather, napping
  • Swimming, stargazing
  • I am an avid hiker and runner (as long as its not 95 degrees out). I enjoy a variety of board games and trivia. I am also addicted to Netflix.
  • Making Chinese food, reading, watching movies, singing, doodling