Name: Joe Roh
College: Washington University in St. Louis
1. What first drew you to Washington University in St. Louis?
I always knew I wanted to be in or near a city, and I also knew that I was looking at studying cognitive science. WashU fit both of those bills, but it also offered so much more. The campus is beautiful, and it always seemed to me like the prototypical college campus with its standard Gothic architecture and Missouri red granite. The most intangible thing of all, however, was the most important. The people and atmosphere at WashU seemed unparalleled to me, and my 4 years there only confirmed that was right for me.
2. What other colleges were you considering?
I was also looking at Boston College, Duke, Stanford, and Harvard.
3. How was the adjustment from high school to college?
I found it quite easy. Undoubtedly I had to make adjustments in managing my time in the best way for the new type of environment that college is. Still, I felt prepared enough to take on that and any other challenges, knowing that it was all a part of my college experience.
4. What was your favorite class?
There were so many favorite classes that fell under my different areas of study that it’s hard to pick just one. As an example, I was in a seminar as part of a capstone for my Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology major that really well merged all 3 of those areas of study. We read the newest philosophy out there, debated in class, and related that to all that we had studied throughout our majors. It culminated in us having to develop and argue for a novel philosophy thesis. That experience definitely sticks out to me as one that was quite unique and really beneficial for me in all areas of my studies.
5. What clubs or groups were you involved in?
I was involved in the Sigma Chi Fraternity, ThurtenE Honorary, Order of Omega Honorary, Each One Teach One, the Leadership Through Service pre-orientation program, club water polo, and that might exhaust it. I always figured I would never regret being busy but that I would regret having too much free time.
6. Anything else you want to tell us?
WashU was great for me because it fit me as a whole. The academics were what I was looking for, but so were the people, the atmosphere, and the clubs and activities. Whatever college you pick is going to be your home, so make sure you’re comfortable everywhere in it.
7. In one sentence, what do you love about your school?
I love the pride WashU takes in all it does and the unique community that is formed by so many different yet complementary pieces.