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What’s the "average" CWRU student like?

That’s one question we can’t answer. Each Case Western Reserve University student brings their own background and interests to our campus, creating a culture that’s interesting, diverse and inclusive.

Let them tell you more about themselves.

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Brooke H.

Graduation Year:
2018

Area of Study:
Nursing with a minor in Psychology

Hometown:
Chicago, IL

  • Why I chose Case Western Reserve:

    Largely because of the nursing program and the opportunities it provides us: We get to work at such great hospitals—Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth and the VA Medical Center. Plus, I wanted somewhere where you start your clinicals your first year, so that was a major plus.

  • What I like to do outside of school:

    I work as a nursing assistant at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and I’m on the diving team here. Plus, I like to go see things in the city—I’ve got a bucket list going of things to see and do!

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Cathy C.

Graduation Year:
2021

Area of Study:
Medical anthropology

Hometown:
Knoxville, Tennessee

  • An activity I love:

    The Class Officer Collective—it’s been a really great experience as we get to help develop a unique class identity for each of our cohorts.

  • What’s the best thing about life at CWRU?

    When I first got to Case Western Reserve, everyone was so welcoming and friendly, which really had a positive impact. From classes to clubs, it’s so nice to see how much everyone cares about whatever they’re working on.

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Daniel A.

Graduation Year:
2019

Area of Study:
Chemical engineering, with a minor in business management

Hometown:
San Pedro Sula, Honduras

  • Something that surprised me about CWRU:

    Sears think[box]. I didn’t visit campus beforehand, but when I arrived and saw think[box], I thought ‘This is amazing!’ I’m not necessarily an inventor, but I do little stuff here and there—I’ve made coasters and an award for one of my clubs.

  • What’s the best thing about life at CWRU?
    How inclusive we are. People are open to new things, and even if they don’t agree with you, they’re respectful. Whenever we see a problem with a lack of that, we try to take fast and necessary steps to control that problem.
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Eric Z.

Graduation Year:
2019

Area of Study:
Nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, on the pre-med track, with minors in chemistry and biology

Hometown:
East Brunswick, New Jersey

  • Why I chose CWRU:

    The location next to Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. I wanted to attend a college where I would be able to easily interact with physicians and get involved in the local medical community, and CWRU offered countless opportunities.

  • Favorite place to hang out:

    The basketball courts in the Veale Center. There are always pick-up games going on, and there are always people willing to play an intense game with you.

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Fanny H.

Graduation Year:
2019

Area of Study:
Nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, on the pre-med track, with minors in chemistry and biology

Hometown:
Cleveland, Ohio

  • Why I chose CWRU:

    As a Cleveland native, I have always known about the prestige of the university—in fact, in middle school language arts class, I wrote an essay about how I wanted to attend Case Western Reserve to pursue a career in the STEM field. 

  • My top study spot:

    As I did a little exploring of campus, I found little "secret" spots that offer the quiet setting I want. One of my favorite—and most aesthetic—places to study is in the CWRU Law School Library third floor. It's usually empty so you will have the beautiful library all to yourself.

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Jesulayomi K.

Graduation Year:
2020

Area of Study:
Computer Science; on the pre-med track

Hometown:
Lekki, Nigeria

  • Why I chose Case Western Reserve:

    My guidance counselor suggested it as a really good research university that’s very international-student-friendly. The more I researched it, the more I liked it. Plus, I’m a fan of the Cavs, so being in Cleveland is perfect.

  • An activity I love:

    I play intramural soccer and go to the gym a lot. And next year, I’m an engineering school representative for Undergraduate Student Government. It will be fun to see how that goes!

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Meghana N.

Graduation Year:
2020

Area of Study:
Pre-Dental in the Pre-Professional Scholars Program

Hometown:
Dublin, Ohio

  • What I’m involved in:

    I am a sorority sister of Kappa Alpha Theta, and I’ve met a lot of really cool, inspiring people from that. I’m also part of Spartanthon dance marathon, which benefits Rainbow Babies & Children.

  • What’s the best thing about life at CWRU?
    I love the size—it’s small enough that you may walk across the quad and not see anyone you know, or you may pass 10 friends. It’s just the right mix.
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Mia H.

Graduation Year:
2020

Area of Study:
Biomedical Engineering with minors in Polymer Science and Theater

Hometown:
Shanghai, China

  • My favorite class so far:

    I actually really loved my swimming class. We learned diving and water polo, and it was really fun!

  • An activity I love:

    On the cheerleading squad, I am a “flier.” I’ve fallen down a few times, but all of my friends and teammates are there to protect me, which is a great feeling.

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Munyaradzi M.

Graduation Year:
2020

Area of Study:
Nursing with a minor in psychology

Hometown:
Baltimore, Maryland

  • Why I chose CWRU:

    La Alianza, which celebrates and raises awareness of Latino culture at the university.

  • What I love most about Cleveland:

    I went on a spring break trip with the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning to work with immigrants and refugees, so now I’m seriously considering the Peace Corps before hopefully working for a Fortune 500 company.

  • What’s the best thing about life at CWRU
    I really love the friends I’ve made here and the opportunities I have access to because of the university.
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Norbi G.

Graduation Year:
2018

Area of Study:
Mechanical Engineering

Hometown:
Chagrin Falls, OH

  • My favorite place to hang out near campus:

    I love nature, and I go on night hikes with friends. At Chapin Forest [in the Lake Metroparks], there’s a quarry with cliffs you can walk out on, and you can get a great nighttime view of the Cleveland skyline—even though it’s about 30 minutes from the city.

  • An activity I love:

    Doing research. I started my first year working in the robotics lab, where I worked on an origami robot with one of the graduate students. And now I’m working on an independent research project, where my partner and I can make decisions informatively but quickly.

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Vanitha R.

Graduation Year:
2018

Area of Study:
Biomedical Engineering w/ Minors in Polymers & Chemistry

Hometown:
Naperville, IL

  • My favorite place to hang out near campus:

    The Coffee House

  • Something that surprised me about CWRU:

    I didn’t anticipate the opportunities I’d get from being a student here. Being a CWRU student opens so many doors.