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. Every year, incoming students document these passions as they don their first white coats. 

Learn more about our students’ backgrounds and academics »


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.


Self-Reported Special Talents and Hobbies of 2021 First-Year Students

  • Bouldering
  • Cooking and baking; proficient in speaking Italian.  Reading murder mysteries and pick-up games of soccer, badminton, volleyball.
  • Reading; watching Anime; watching sports and listening to music.
  • Touching the tip of nose with tongue; playing the keyboard and ukulele; leisure reading and exercise.
  • Love to read and learn new languages–knows four and hopes to add to the list.
  • Playing the alto saxophone.  Biking, cross-country skiing, rollerblading.
  • Crocheting, weightlifting, and live music!
  • Photography/videography; astronomy; ballet
  • Music; skiing and anything outside (i.e., running, mountain biking, hiking, pickup basketball).
  • Water polo and swimming; pub trivia
  • Singing, photography and videography
  • Playing golf and tennis.  Love being near the water–either sailing, scuba diving, or swimming.  Love traveling and have been to every continent except Antarctica.  Eating!  Enjoy exploring cool new restaurants and trying different foods and drinks.
  • Basketball and racquetball.  Always up for a good action or sci-fi movie. Solving Rubik’s cubes, playing chess and other board games.  Invented an original board game, similar to a 4-person chess game.  Enjoy attempting new recipes.
  • Answering obscure trivia questions and making pesto.  
  • Triathlons, rock climbing, Rubik’s Cube, soccer, and ultimate frisbee.
  • Tennis, hiking, visiting national parks, rock climbing, snowboarding, crocheting, embroidery, baking (currently working on macaroons!), playing music (piano; ukulele; guitar), gaming with friends.  Speak four languages.
  • Enjoy folding origami and playing video games with friends.  Fashion and clothing are interests.  “I really like donuts and visiting a donut spot is a must on a trip”.
  • Running and playing soccer; crossword puzzles; learning languages.
  • Soccer, volleyball, and gold; video games.
  • Love music!  Grew up in and out of music lessons and orchestras.  Lived in a music community for several years in college.  Enjoy linguistics and languages; first language is Spanish, but speaks English and French and has taken lessons in Russian and American Sign Language.  Avid American Ninja Warrior fan.  Obstacle course training regimen.
  • Hiking; cooking; plant collecting; cider-making; podcasts; foraging.
  • Love baking and reading.  Was a cheerleader at both the high school and collegiate levels.
  • Enjoy the occasional art project (earned a minor in art).  Current side job is posting videos on TikTok.  
  • Performing pop songs on the piano.  Yoga; mindfulness journaling; reading (Steinbeck is favorite author).  Working on improving in Spanish, cooking and baking skills.
  • Gardening; biking; sci-fi movies/books.
  • Ballroom dancing; nature photography and landscape painting; watching horror films; tasting new food and traveling.
  • Puzzles (very competitive); gardening; watching true crime documentaries.  Singing.
  • Acting; writing; guitar; singing; hiking and running.
  • Skiing; piano; painting.
  • Eating and cooking (big emphasis on food-related activities); going to concerts and comedy shows; hiking; exercising and playing sports.  Enjoy podcasts and listening to country music.  Volunteering!
  • Traveling; reading; kayaking and scuba diving; hiking.  Minimizing my carbon footprint.
  • Musical theater; gardening; playing music on my teeth.  Trying to get back into running and rock climbing.
  • Playing soccer and watching all sports; cooking.
  • Singing and dancing; cooking/baking.  Blogging.  Running.
  • Love being active and outdoors.  Basketball; football; volleyball; snowboarding.  Cherish time with friends playing board and video games and talking.
  • The video game “Crossy Road”
  • Playing piano; binge-watching shows; playing video games very poorly
  • Fitness including pickleball; cooking; exploring new coffee shops.  Tap dancing.
  • Investigative journalism; Latin dancing; hiking/rowing/roller skating.  Baking.  CrossFit and pottery wheel throwing.
  • Absolutely love to run–did cross country and track competitively in college.  Play the flute and love to cook (vegetarian dinner are specialty).  
  • Track and rock climbing.
  • Swimming; hiking; biking; pickup basketball.
  • Trilingual; hobbies include reading, visiting museums and playing tennis.  Passionate about art history and art theory.
  • Hiking and cycling.  Passion for 19th century literature and hanging out with cats.  Enjoy exploring new cities and camping with family.
  • Play soccer, basketball, and football and a videogames (mainly FiFA).  Love hammocking and being outside.  Like discovering new restaurants and trying new food!
  • Triathlon training; baking; trying new food/restaurants.
  • Golf! (playing since the age of three).  Have knack for forcing “The Office” references into any normal conversation.
  • Love yoga and completed yoga teacher training during gap year.  Love painting and art projects.  Like to read; go on walks; play pickleball; try new restaurants; watch reality TV.  Love going to concerts.
  • Trying new desserts and restaurants.
  • Biking; yoga; singing a cappella (bass); cooking vegan food.
  • Chess–look forward to the chess environment in St. Louis’ Central West End.
  • Road and gravel biking; brewing beer; cooking.
  • Can crack an egg with one hand.  Love playing sports and board games.  Enjoy going to board games “though I’m often just moral support”.  
  • Study languages and their writing systems–enjoy finding connections between them.  Enjoy calligraphy and archery.
  • Cycling and running; paint by numbers; puzzles; tea brewing; baking and snacking on baked goods.
  • Yoga; running; chamber music.  Enjoy scouting out cafes and bakeries in a foreign city.  Right-handed but throw a frisbee like a lefty.
  • Avid cook!  Like to dabble in different cuisines–Indian, Thai, French and Italian.  
  • Skiing; hiking; baking pies.  Can whistle through my tongue.
  • Dancing (since age 3)–ballet, hip hop, Bharatanatyam, tap, salsa.  Singing.  Reading novels and learning languages.  
  • Playing soccer and doing anything active and/or outdoors.  Play cello (since age 5).  Fan of board and card games.  Love to sing.  Black belt.
  • Playing the piano and running
  • Know the words to every song from Hamilton.  Enjoy the theater, dancing and reading.
  • Play the piano and want to pick up the guitar someday.  Love hiking and biking–trying to begin running and cycling.  Learning to cook (reluctantly).
  • Cycling; hiking; backpacking; running; admiring dogs.  Enjoy singing and possess general classical music appreciation.
  • Enjoy swimming and writing short stories.  Wood carving and painting (paint wall murals for neighbors and friends).
  • Playing video games (MOBAs mainly); reading (Haruki Murakami is favorite author); candle-making.
  • Reading and hiking, working on puzzles.  Runner (albeit slowly) and swimming.
  • Enjoy learning new languages, weightlifting, running and reading.  Cannot ride a bike.
  • I like to listen.
  • Disc golf; cycling; fantasy football; indie and folk music; hiking.
  • Identifying mushrooms and foraging; backpacking and camping; long-distance cycling; knitting and reading fiction.
  • Have perfect pitch and love to sing a cappella and make music!  Play the piano and clarinet; hope to pursue musical endeavors in medical school.  Love saltwater reef aquariums.
  • Playing bass and piano
  • Photography; singing; yoga and meditation.  Enjoy traveling to tropical beaches.  Instagram blogging about the path toward physician-scientist.  Love scenic drives at sunset.
  • Skiing; golf; trivia; traveling and pick-up sports.
  • Play the saxophone.  In addition to music, hobbies including drinking coffee and following the aviation industry.  Running (slowly!)
  • Running and rock climbing; cooking/baking.  Play the piano.  Drawing.
  • Cooking; playing the guitar and making music.  Exercising–running, hiking, and basketball.  Enjoy party games.
  • Recently began pickling lemons.  Enjoy cooking and singing!
  • Doing and making crosswords; speed walking everywhere.  Enjoy sports (hiking, top-roping, and cycling) and music and crafting cheese boards.  Have tasted dark chocolate ice cream at ice cream shops all over the world, reviewing them on a personal blog.
  • Play the violin.  Paddle boarding; hiking and cooking.
  • Enjoy fly fishing, archery, and bowhunting.  Piano; pick-up sports.
  • Outdoor activities; photography; cooking and traveling.
  • Drumming; improv comedy; video games; kettlebells; hiking (Half Dome veteran) and running.
  • Hobbies include chess, reading, and trivia.  Good at identifying songs very quickly.
  • Latin dancing (Bachata, Salsa, Merengue); board games; theater; running; baking.
  • Water polo and swimming; cooking.  
  • Enjoy experimenting with different baking recipes–currently trying to bake cream puffs.
  • Outdoor activities including playing golf.  Watching movies.
  • Play the flute (since second grade) and piccolo.  Enjoy hiking, reading fiction novels, trying new baking recipes and exploring the neighborhood in search of new food and the perfect cup of coffee.
  • Music; reading; writing; running and hiking.  Can sneeze on command.
  • Enjoy birdwatching and knitting; baker and chef.
  • Reading; puzzles; paint-by-numbers; musical theater.
  • Reading sci-fi/fantasy novels and “watching bad TV”.
  • Running!  Marathon and half marathons.  Love drawing and calligraphy (wanted to be a courtroom artist as a child).  Have perfect pitch but terrible at singing.
  • Serve as (uncertified) therapist to friends and family; organization (e.g., school notes, rooms, etc.); yoga (different forms) and jigsaw puzzles.
  • Eating copious baked goods; reading (or listening via Audible); watching NFL football; enjoy discussing moral ethics.  Play six instruments “passably”.  Play flag football “poorly”.  Play gold “VERY poorly”.  Enjoy making dad jokes.
  • Love the beach and water-related activities.  Avid scuba diver; learning to surf.  Enjoy reading, especially adult high fantasy.  
  • Love finding new places to eat; aspires to become good at cooking.  Likes karaoke.
  • Cooking vegetarian; knitting and baking sourdough.  Enjoy staying active via ultimate frisbee, rock climbing and running.  Enjoy podcasts.  Hope to get involved in science and health education at WashU.  Have trained Labrador and Golden Retriever puppies to prepare them for work as guide dogs.  
  • Running and hiking; playing and watching soccer; watching anything narrated by David Attenborough; drinking tea.
  • Basketball, tennis, golf, piano and cooking!
  • Brewing kombucha, cooking, gardening; running and hiking.  
  • Creative writing; arts and crafts; traveling.  Love horror movies and haunted houses.
  • Enjoy playing the saxophone and guitar and listening to indie music.  Playing board games; watching bad reality movies; trying different ramen shops/taquerias; going to baseball games with friends.  Read sci-fi books and enjoy unwinding after a long day with a good scented candle.
  • Love playing tennis, reading and watching movies.  Enjoy playing chess and other games.  Can solve the Rubik’s Cube.
  • Traveling and exploring new cities.  Like to watch movies and rate them on IMDb.  Learning the secrets to magic tricks.  Playing Mario Kart; collecting poems.
  • Alpine skiing; mountain biking; cycling; running; backpacking; hiking and fishing.  White water rafting; working on cars.  A recent additional hobby is cooking!
  • “Outdoorsy” things; dabbling in drawing and painting.  “Getting into double chin photo-taking contests”.
  • Can sleep 18 hours straight.  Hobbies include going to concerts, visiting art museums, dancing poorly and running.
  • Cooking; reading; playing the clarinet and piano; coffee-shop hopping and cat-whispering.
  • Love sitting down at the piano and trying to figure out how to play random songs by ear!  “During the pandemic, started the NY Times crossword (have yet to make it past the Wednesday puzzle)”.  Cycling.
  • Huge basketball fan–would love to have a M1 team.  Speak Chinese and hopes to be certified to translate during WashU years.  Other hobbies include bird watching, video games, and loving on dogs.
  • Singing; piano; gymnastics; martial arts; calisthenics; filmmaking (makes short films); reading and writing.  
  • Vocal performance; photography and videography; cooking and eating good food.  Enjoy game nights with friends.  Huge Star Wars nerd.
  • Love (“and usually hate”) cheering on Philly sports (e.g. Eagles and Sixers) and the South Carolina Gamecocks.  Enjoy playing guitar, pick-up sports, and anything outside.
  • Hiking; biking; cooking; piano; swimming; movies.
  • Cooking; propagating plants; badminton; scuba diving and beginner-level freediving.  Special talents include being a smooth driver and solo travel.  
  • Reading–especially fiction and fantasy.  Knitting and playing the piano.
  • Climbing and kayaking.  Enjoy graphic design.  Competitive GeoGuessr.  Enjoy playing musical instruments.  Big coffee person; enjoy recreating different café drinks at home.
  • “In typical quarantine fashion, developed love for baking (to feed carb addiction)”.  Enjoy crocheting and sketching/painting.  Talent for managing to lose things in plain sight.
  • Dance, tennis, playing music, hiking and cooking.