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 Talents and Hobbies of 2020 First-Year Students

  • Playing piano; identifying dog breeds visually; saying the alphabet backwards quickly; collecting costume jewelry; hula-hooping; reading; creative writing and watching college football
  • Whole-food, plant-based cooking; cycling; creating pottery/ceramics
  • Singing; amateur salsa/bachata/merengue dancing
  • Reading; knitting; gardening; hiking; baking
  • Watching tennis; reading; cooking; traveling; trying new restaurants
  • Painting; reading anything and everything; spending time outside
  • Brewing; chocolate making; egg-free cooking; skiing; salt water aquaria; STL enthusiast; celebrating German heritage
  • Reading and writing; horseback riding; spending time with my dogs
  • Baking; writing; painting; binging Netflix
  • Sports/fitness (tennis; basketball; soccer; high-intensity interval training; yoga, etc.); hiking; biking; playing cards/games; ping pong; piano; painting
  • Playing piano; baking; reading
  • Mountain biking; backcountry skiing; climbing; running; reading
  • Art–drawing, painting with acrylics, sculpture.  Also hiking; playing the piano; raising plants.
  • “Writing secondary essays!”
  • Playing the violin; singing; kickboxing; indoor plant enthusiast
  • Golf; pickleball; kickboxing
  • Woodworking; sports; anything outdoors and active
  • Artistic expression (dancing); adventure (exploring new places via fishing, boating, skydiving, and backpacking); competition (board games); music and baking
  • Fishing; escargot gathering; surfing; quilting; baking chocolate chip cookies
  • Crossword puzzles; video games; skiing; bread baking
  • Working out; video games; reading; hanging out with friends
  • “Cupstacking” (lots and lots of cups); volleyball; pogo sticking; card games
  • Running; hiking; baking (and eating); Netflix
  • Sleeping; basketball; running; video games; “I can do The Worm” (dance motion)
  • Love to cook (“when I want to cook, not when I have to feed myself!”); gardening, particularly growing herbs and veggies; collecting art prints and cool figurines; making art on (Adobe) Photoshop
  • Foreign languages–speaking five of them
  • Fencing; cooking; working out; weather forecasting:  knowing when it is going to rain or snow
  • Dancing; reading; cooking; learning new languages
  • Piano; working out; traveling
  • Unusual sports, such as curling
  • Basketball and working out; exploring the outdoors and fishing
  • Running, especially exploring trails and new parts of the city.  Life goal is to run a half-marathon in all 50 states.
  • Swimming and writing
  • Cooking Korean food; singing; running/hiking/backpacking/being outside
  • Drawing and graphic design; golfing
  • Reading; traveling; Netflix; “eating lots of pizza”
  • Organizing closets using the Marie Kondo method; drawing sketches of Pusheen® (an animated cat)
  • College football trivia; riding Peloton® bike; exploring restaurants; podcasts (especially True Crime and Freakonomics); traveling to new cities
  • Basketball; reading; biking; spending time outdoors
  • Cooking for friends with my Instant Pot®; event planning; driving stick shift left-handed!
  • Cooking; hiking/anything “outdoorsy”; finding fun dessert places; dancing
  • Cooking; playing soccer; dancing; drawing
  • Cooking all kinds of cuisine–“most comfortable with Italian and getting a feel for Chinese”; rock climbing–mostly bouldering now…moving to sport climbing for the future
  • Hosting movie/game nights with friends; spending time with loved ones; being outdoors and getting to know new places.  Excited to explore new activities, food, landmarks.  Ice skating (Minnesota native).  Hiking; walking along beaches.  Exploring boxing.  “Willing to try a new hobby at least once before I decide if it is for me or not”.
  • Soccer; volleyball; basketball; running; water-skiing and wakeboarding; playing the piano.
  • Dancing; outdoor sports; reading; writing; spending time with friends
  • Alpine ski racing and ultimate frisbee
  • Reading; cooking; exercising; spending quality time with friends
  • Drawing; painting; eating out; dancing; walking outdoors; traveling; reading; going to museums; listening to music
  • Quiz bowl (competed all four years of undergraduate) and writing Quiz bowl/trivia questions; watching Jeopardy; listening to music; watching tennis; exploring new restaurants
  • Love to surf (“I will have to explore river surfing options in Missouri”); violin.  “I have written 100 Wikipedia pages for women in STEM”.
  • Cycling; climbing; visual arts
  • Arts and crafts; music; baking (breads; sweets).  The pandemic has allowed time to put  acrylic paints from high school to good use…added the ukulele and guitar to instrument collection that also features the violin and piano.
  • Cross-stitching; reading; playing piano; planning trips
  • “Losing money in stocks”; trying to cook; playing the violin and working out
  • Scuba diving; playing tennis; rock climbing; baking and doing crossword puzzles
  • Powerlifting; singing; cooking
  • Playing the piano; racquetball; rock climbing
  • Tennis; cooking and baking; fitness
  • Volleyball–loves to play and coach in free time.  Loves to bake for family and friends.
  • Painting and drawing; watching standup comedy; dancing
  • Reading; listening to scientific and political podcasts; skateboarding
  • “Whistling like a bird”; long, long walks; slow distance running; self-guided rafting; climbing (“very badly”); doodling
  • Running; gardening; watching “The Office” reruns; reading both fiction and nonfiction.  A more unconventional, but favorite, hobby is small boat sailing.
  • Piano; tennis; cooking; photography; coffee
  • Baking; cooking; reading; spending time outdoors and running
  • Creative writing; stand up paddle boarding; hiking/running with my Aussie.  Newest ventures include hand lettering, royal icing cookie decorating, and trying to keep plants alive.
  • Travel; hiking; growing vegetables in a community garden; collecting indoor plants; setting up freshwater aquariums, and cooking vegetarian food.
  • Basketball; football; fishing; weight lifting; video games.
  • Singing (choir; a cappella team in college)!  When not singing…hanging out with friends or watching stand-up specials on Netflix.
  • Running (a love/hate relationship); cheese connoisseur; podcast aficionado; nonfiction reading.
  • Currently raising a miniature Australian Shepherd puppy
  • Playing soccer; reading.  “Pretty good cook”.
  • Camping and guiding wilderness trips; watching sports and playing pick-up games; reading.
  • Rock scrambling/hiking; meditation; winter storm chasing.
  • Reading and writing; baking and eating!
  • Playing the cello; keeping up with the latest movies
  • Playing tennis; dancing; traveling/exploring new locations
  • Snorkeling/boating (from Florida roots); loves reading fiction and discovering new music.  During quarantine, have returned to art:  cross-stitching; ceramics; embroidery!
  • Dancing; baking; reading
  • Cheering for the Green Bay Packers.  Likes to rock climb and salsa dance.
  • Baking and cooking
  • Plays the cello and snowboard.  Very interested in baseball sabermetrics.
  • Running and hiking; tennis; board games
  • Painting and drawing; tennis; “reading a ridiculous amount of cheesy romance novels”
  • Baking and cooking; equestrian activities; hiking; reading
  • Loves to read, hike, paint, watch TV and movies.  “…am a pretty decent cook and an amateur knitter”.  Enjoy running slowly for a long time.
  • Speaking Russian and outdoorsmanship (e.g., hiking and field botany).  When indoors, enjoys reading science, cooking, and working out.
  • Traveling; backpacking; running and playing tennis; lettering; “bullet journaling”; reading
  • Gardening; reading; listening to music; singing classical songs from India
  • Playing the piano and flute
  • Snowboarding; playing the piano and violin; baking; crocheting
  • International activities (e.g. food, translation, volunteering); any kind of exercise!
  • Singing; cooking; backpacking
  • Playing the flute; loves traveling
  • Watching and playing basketball; snowboarding; playing video games; painting; cooking; discovering new music/movies/food
  • Storytelling; tennis; “pen tricks”; cycling to commute; comedy
  • Singing; creative writing; listening to podcasts; baking; and learning how to figure skate
  • Guitar and piano; reading economics and sociology books; cooking.  A beginning runner.
  • Rugby; basketball; boxing; knitting; tea brewing.
  • Loves to cook, take photos, and bike.  Enjoys landscape photography and has goals for mountain biking.
  • Social distancing has allowed (me) to learn the kalimba…and time to burn through mystery books.  Favorite board/card games include Monopoly Deal®, Nertz®, and Shengji®.