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 2013 First-Year Students

  • Drumming, mathematics, programming
  • Reaching high shelves, trivia about extinct civilizations.
  • Fostering animals (cats and dogs). I’ve been called an animal whisperer a few times.
  • Speed reading
  • Soccer and painting
  • Singing loudly, cooking, and quoting Arrested Development
  • Cooking and baking, violin
  • Ballet, contemporary dance, throwing frisbees, tennis, knitting scarves, and making decent grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Tennis and swimming.
  • I can drive a tractor.
  • Driving stick shift, holding on to a chapstick long enough to finish it, beautiful penmanship, relating everything and anything to Seinfeld
  • Pipetting and tennis
  • Table tennis, piano, golf, ultimate frisbee
  • Wouldn’t consider them talents, but I enjoy writing, rock climbing, and photography
  • Digital art/graphic design, tennis, sewing.
  • Eating, organizing, never getting lost
  • Cooking and consuming large quantities of pasta, writing short stories, a penchant for organization, and knowing how to laugh at myself.
  • Public speaking, frisbee, satirical journalism
  • Working with children, reading, Spanish, critical thinking, jigsaw puzzles, dancing, and having fun!
  • Crossword puzzles, dancing, reading literature, writing, and loving life!
  • Dancing anywhere, talking to strangers, playing three songs on the ukulele, performing at Chinese weddings, baking pizza
  • Playing drum set, drawing, speaking German.
  • Playing guitar, making people laugh, and listening to others
  • Watching TV, cooking, getting lost in foreign countries, eating cookie batter
  • Syncretism and Googling
  • Running, swimming, hiking, teaching, making Vietnamese food, baking, scrapbooking and DIY projects, and going on adventures! I’m always willing to try new things!
  • Bowling, cooking, table tennis, caring for my family
  • I wouldn’t say these are talents, but more like hobbies: photography, hiking, and cooking.
  • Salsa dancing, singing, and recently, cooking.
  • Badminton
  • Writing, singing, puns
  • Football, Olympic-style wrestling, billiards, and predicting the success of country music artists.
  • Sewing, knitting, baking, cooking
  • Cooking, crafting, playing volleyball, swimming
  • Cooking, soccer, running, and camping.
  • Giving 110%, thinking outside the box and using clichés.
  • Nail art, tying my hair in a knot, being exceptionally loud, and learning new languages
  • Piano, acting
  • Taking epic naps in the middle of the day; also, skipping rocks.
  • Cooking, organizing, playing Rock Band, and trivia knowledge
  • Does being able to get into med school count as a talent? I’m also very very good at watching TV.
  • Singing somewhat? .. I’m pretty good at managing my time and keeping up with everything I have to do. Also, I’m good at exercising and playing football if those count as talents.
  • Growing a decent fro when given enough time, playing lots of tennis (though not at an exceptional level), getting unhealthily passionate about my favorite sports teams, and finding joy in life no matter where I am or what I am doing!
  • Playing musical instruments, finding time for pick-up games in any sport, and grasping ridiculously complex strategy games
  • Sometimes I fall down the stairs holding my guitar and accidentally write Nickelback songs
  • Painting, metal sculpting, skiing, and baking.
  • Playing clarinet and tennis and speaking Chinese and Spanish.
  • Tennis
  • rock climbing, tackling, horse-back riding, eating large quantities, whittling, budgeting, gardening, experimenting
  • Acting, teaching
  • Teaching, bicycling, Pokemon battling
  • Tennis, taekwondo, dance
  • Table tennis, badminton, mandarin
  • Playing pop songs on the piano by ear. Pretending to speak Cantonese.
  • Drawing
  • Making it work
  • Singing, violin, cooking (and eating), running
  • Ultimate Frisbee and sleeping (anytime, anywhere).
  • Beatboxing, singing, losing at Mario Party
  • Classical guitar, gourmet cooking, long-distance cycling, yoga, shotgun sports
  • dancing, singing, and eating REALLY REALLY spicy food
  • Indian dancing including bhangra and raas. also playing racquetball.
  • Playing violin, running, playing water polo
  • Crossword puzzles and baking (especially oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!)
  • arcade-style pacman, dancing, making mac ‘n cheese, and playing with animals
  • Dance (mostly ballet), piano, Jenga, organizing things, pacing myself through addictive TV series, and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • Writing/reading, listening (to both people and music), learning songs on piano by ear (but not from sheet music), writing in that weird mirror-image way from The Da Vinci Code, sleeping 24+ hours straight
  • Dancing (blues, swing, etc), Persistence of Vision Raytracing
  • I love to dance; however, it’s been a few years, so I’m pretty rusty!
  • Tinkering and fixing things
  • Bananagrams, recognizing obscure vegetables, giving hugs
  • I receive complements on my handwriting, and I speak Tagalog and Japanese, even in my sleep.
  • Not picking Barcelona in FIFA, knowing all of the lyrics to Kanye’s “Graduation”
  • Baking, Wii Dance, Harry Potter trivia
  • I make truly amazing guacamole, was an All-American baseball player, dabbled in football and can catch blue crabs by the bucketload.
  • Learning new things, skiing, DIYs, design, eating
  • Piano, oboe, photography.
  • Piano, reading, and yoga
  • playing cello, doing handstands, reciting pi
  • cooking for others, running, music appreciation, “being entertaining”
  • Flute, piano, singing, and spotting/collecting raccoon artifacts.
  • Cooking, eating, music, basketball
  • singing, video games, sports (basketball, soccer, running).
  • Num-chuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills
  • Sightreading violin music — would love to pick up and play string quartet pieces if anyone is interested
  • Memorizing facts, reading people’s emotions, playing drums on Rock Band, playing badminton, and functioning well on little sleep.
  • Ballet and modern dance
  • Baking, running, speaking Spanish, standing on one foot for an extended period of time
  • Unintentionally looking dazed
  • Talking and sleeping
  • Cooking, baking, sewing, violin
  • Drawing minutely detailed things, singing in tune, sewing, turning my tongue upside down!
  • Speaking Hebrew, reciting the US Presidents backwards, and a crazy good sense of direction.
  • Singing
  • outdoor/water sports, tennis, board/card games, teaching
  • Rolling out (nearly) perfectly circular dumpling wrappers
  • Playing video games, playing ultimate frisbee, doing tricks with my butterfly knife, making really bad (good) jokes
  • baseball, tennis, working with children, Pokemon (Only Red and Blue versions count), fighting crime, a dancing the Hokey Pokey
  • playing piano, procrastination
  • Cooking, eating, fencing, non-sequiturs, thrift shopping, obsession with potatoes
  • Cooking and cleaning
  • Dancing, dancing, and dancing!
  • Dancing, impressions, graphic design, and drinking smoothies without brain freeze
  • Winning staring contests, memorizing random facts, being short, piano
  • being interested, trying new things, asking why!
  • Whistling, being decent at basketball and ultimate frisbee, editing papers (for grammar, not so much content)