Hi readers! My name is Ashutosh, and I am originally from the Bay Area in California. I am a rising sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, planning to major in biology (undecided on track) and maybe minor in healthcare management. I came into WashU having explored Neuroscience and Molecular Biology, but I remain undecided because I find both areas intriguing. I am also invested in studying health inequities, the detriments of healthcare systems, and determining solutions to these issues.
In my free time, I love playing the piano, especially pieces by classical composers. Something about listening to Chopin’s nocturnes while it’s cold and raining outside but comfy inside just does it for me. Throughout the school year, I found that it can be difficult to find time to start new pieces. However, WashU’s campus has pianos scattered in a couple of buildings, so I try to find time to at least practice the pieces I have the sheet music for. It’s always liberating to play the piano after I step out of my Chemistry Lab or I finish final exams for the semester.
I am currently involved in one organization on campus: WashU GlobeMed. I recently joined GlobeMed because of my interest in global health, inequities, and how students in positions of privilege can be part of the solution towards an equitable society. I am hoping to join more clubs on campus next semester; I would love to be more involved in serving my community.
Something that I am looking forward to as I continue studying at WashU is becoming closer to the friends I made in my first year. With the pandemic, it was harder to meet people and have the shared experience of walking to class. However, I was still able to meet many other first-year students and relate with them on coping with the pandemic. All I can say is that I am excited to see what comes next!