On Being an Athlete

Zach J., M1

I love to exercise. I raced triathlons for UCLA the last couple of years and probably trained too much, but being on the team with some of my best friends was a highlight of my college experience. When I moved to St. Louis, I was worried that I would not be able to continue exercising, let alone the volume that I was used to. However, this turned out not to be the case. Given the abundance and efficiency of study materials here at WashU, I have had plenty of time to run, bike, and swim, while also probably studying more than I need to. Forest Park is a great place to run and go on short bike rides, the undergrad campus has a nice pool, and just outside the city are tons of trails, country roads, and small lakes. I’ve also had enough time to play intramural soccer. There’s a strong spirit of athletics here and it’s always good to take a study break to get your blood moving again. Plus, through the tri team I’ve met some cool people from the other WashU-affiliated schools! It’s really the people you hang out/work out with that define your experience here, and so far I’ve loved WashU.