Last April, once I had all my ducks in a row, it was time to choose the “correct” medical school. I first tried to make the decision mathematically, assigning scores of 1-10 to various factors (curriculum structure, proximity to home, cost, housing, and so on) and weighting them according to personal significance (10% curriculum, 20% cost, etc). I got my answer, and (surprise!) was not totally satisfied with it. So how did I finally choose? I closed my eyes, and thought back to how I felt at each of the schools I had visited. And WashU was the one that made me smile.
Why WashU? Because at WashU, the staff and administration care deeply about the well-being of their students. Because at WashU, my classmates are some of the most accomplished and intelligent people I have ever met, and they are also some of the most warm and openhearted. Because at WashU, the learning environment is encouraging, supportive, and empowering. Because at WashU, I will be able to get where I want to go with my career while thoroughly enjoying the journey every step of the way.
At WashU, I am the happiest and healthiest I have been in my entire adult life. I love what I am learning, and I am constantly overwhelmed by all the outstanding opportunities for extracurricular growth. St. Louis is welcoming and comfortable, and I have already formed close, meaningful friendships both within and outside of school.
I would make the same decision in a heartbeat. WashU is my new home.