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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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Akinola A.

Graduation Year:
2019

Area of Study:
Polymer science and engineering, with a biomedical engineering minor

Hometown:
Lagos, Nigeria

  • My favorite class so far:

    Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry—it took me out of the STEM way of thinking.

  • An activity on campus I love:

    Representing other students on the Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative, which supports organizations that advocate for diversity and inclusion on campus in areas such as ability, age, sexuality and race.

  • What I like to do outside of school:

    I love eating and exploring all of the restaurants around Cleveland—though there are no Nigerian restaurants around!

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Amanda R.

Graduation Year:
2018

Area of Study:
Nursing

Hometown:
Pittsburgh, PA

  • An activity I love:

    I’m involved in the CWRU Footlighters, a student-run musical theater group. We just recently did Legally Blonde, and that was really fun!

  • My top study spot:

    Rising Star Coffee in Little Italy.

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Anel M.

Graduation Year:
2020

Area of Study:
International Business & Marketing

Hometown:
Copley, OH

  • An activity on campus I love:

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

  • Post-graduation plans:

    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.

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Asha R.

Graduation Year:
2020

Area of Study:
Chemical Biology & World Literature; on the pre-med track

Hometown:
Aurora, OH

  • An activity on campus I love:

    I volunteer at Health Leads, a nonprofit that works at University Hospitals and connects patients with resources in the community. We provide “prescriptions” for accessing places like the food bank or furniture bank. That’s been really rewarding.

  • Something that surprised me about CWRU:

    Contrary to the stereotype, we’re not just an academic school. Everyone here is super social. I love the mix of strong academics and very friendly spirit.

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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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Cameron C.

Graduation Year:
2018

Area of Study:
Religion, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies, with minors in English, History and African-American Studies

Hometown:
Rockport, TX

  • An activity on campus I love:

    Can I name three? The Residence Hall Association is where I found my community and my family, but I also enjoy the University Diversity Collaborative, where I can tackle issues and work on policy. The third is working in the LGBT Center. You always feel like you’re helping someone just by being there to talk.

  • What I love most about Cleveland:

    I like how alive it is as a city and the fierce amount of pride people have in being from here. I also love exploring all of the neighborhoods and visiting different coffee shops.

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Claire X.

Graduation Year:
2020

Area of Study:
Nutrition & Dance with a minor in Sports Nutrition

Hometown:
Solon, OH

  • An activity on campus I love:

    I’m in Delta Gamma. I went to an all-girls’ high school, so when I came here, I knew I wanted to join a sorority so I would have sisters who I could always turn to.

  • My favorite place to dine near campus:

    Mia Bella in Little Italy—my favorite dish is the lobster ravioli!

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Drew H.

Graduation Year:
2018

Area of Study:
Accounting and Spanish; on the pre-law track

Hometown:
Cincinnati, OH

  • Why I chose Case Western Reserve:

    I’m a swimmer, and I wanted a school where there was a good balance between academics and athletics. Here, coaches don’t just realize you’re going to have other commitments beyond athletics—they encourage it.

  • My favorite place to grab some food near campus:

    Mia Bella in Little Italy

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Elsa V.

Graduation Year:
2018

Area of Study:
Nursing

Hometown:
Littleton, CO

  • Something that surprised me about CWRU:

    When I came for a college visit, I was shocked by how nice everyone was! I was very quiet and shy, but everyone’s attitude made me feel so comfortable.

  • An activity I love:

    I’m on the ultimate Frisbee team and part of La Alianza. Both have allowed me to find connections with people who are so different from me, but we’re all united by the fact that we have that great work ethic and want to balance that with other activities we love.

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Heather E.

Graduation Year:
2019

Area of Study:
Chemical Engineering with a minor in Environmental Studies

Hometown:
Lincoln University, PA

  • My favorite place to hang out near campus:

    Algebra Tea House

  • My top study spot:

    The stacks on the third floor of Kelvin Smith Library

  • An activity on campus I love:

    Being a programmer and program director for the campus radio station, WRUW-FM 91.1.

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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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Jordan G.

Graduation Year:
2019

Area of Study:
Cognitive Science & Marketing

Hometown:
Cortland, OH

  • Post-graduation Plans:

    I’d like to go into advertising or sales, and I feel like my experience here is preparing me for that.

  • My top study spot:

    The Peter B. Lewis Building—I love the private study rooms upstairs.

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JP O.

Graduation Year:
2018

Area of Study:
Mechanical Engineering with minors in Spanish & Chemistry

Hometown:
McHenry, IL

  • An activity I love:

    Being head of the University Media Board, which oversees nine student-run media outlets. I also loved writing for The Observer, our student-run newspaper, and The Athenian, our humor publication.

  • My favorite place to dine near campus:

    Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern. You have to get the tots!

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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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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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Prince G.

Graduation Year:
2019

Area of Study:
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Hometown:
Monmouth Junction, NJ

  • Why I chose Case Western Reserve:

    I wanted to go to a smaller school where I could develop a more intimate connection with professors and friends. I also knew I wanted to get involved in research of some kind, and CWRU allowed me to get a head start on that, starting in my first year.

  • An activity I love:

    I got a grant through Sears think[box] to start a research project of my own, where we’re looking at how to reduce drag on bluntly shaped vehicles. I’m also VP of academic affairs for the Undergraduate Student Government, a brother of Sigma Nu, and I ran North Coast Hyperloop, a student team competing in Elon Musk’s SpaceX hyperloop competition.

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Sophia Y.

Graduation Year:
2018

Area of Study:
Nutritional Biochemistry w/ a Minor in Economics

Hometown:
Greenville, SC

  • Something that surprised me about CWRU:

    How much I liked—no, loved—the city it’s in. There’s so much to do around Cleveland—go to the Cavs game downtown, go catch a movie, go shopping in Coventry…

  • My favorite place to dine near campus:

    The Inn on Coventry—they have the best breakfast. Or the Indian Flame buffet—it’s such a good deal!

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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.