Kyle Adams

Sophomore Montgomery, AL

Montgomery, AL

Political Science

Sophomore

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I chose UAB because
I chose UAB for its unique environment of a diverse student body within an urban environment. Everything about UAB seemed forward thinking when I toured campus. With a young and growing environment with several resources, I knew UAB was the campus for me.
Biggest college/adult related fear you have overcome at UAB?
Meeting new people! Being on campus has pushed me to welcome a range of new people and stories into my life. UAB is the perfect environment for this to occur in.
Something I am looking forward to at UAB is
I am looking forward to the several activities that happen on campus every year. The one thing I am most interested in is watching productions from our very own UAB theatre company...in-person!!!

I’m interested in
Undergraduate Student Government Association, Hall Council
I’m passionate about
experiencing Birmingham to the fullest and seeing the community that surrounds our wonderful campus.

Bailey Anderson

Junior Dothan, AL

Dothan, AL

Biomedical Engineering
Biology and Chemistry

Junior

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I chose UAB because
I decided to attend UAB because of its nationally praised biomedical engineering program, as well as a variety of other reasons. As a prospective student, I really appreciated UAB’s significant focus on undergraduate research across a variety of different fields, as I plan to participate in research in the near future. Additionally, as a student from a rural part of Alabama, I loved the “big city feel” that UAB projects. In fact, it truly feels like the city of Birmingham is the classroom. I also love the diversity of the student body, which encompasses students from different backgrounds, cultures, and countries across the world. Lastly, as a pre-medical student, I love the university’s proximity to some of the nation’s best medical facilities. This has allowed me to volunteer and gain extra-curricular experiences that fit into my future occupation.
Favorite UAB tradition
Gurney Derby
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham?
My favorite thing to do in Birmingham is trying all of the amazing restaurant options that the city has to offer. It feels like there are endless restaurant options across the city, and I love trying new food. Another thing that I enjoy doing in Birmingham is exploring places around the city such as Railroad Park, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and the Vulcan.

I’m interested in
UAB Ambassadors, SMART Leaders
I’m passionate about
Student involvement and leadership, spending time outdoors, Chick-fil-A

Kenya Barnes

Sophomore Pensacola, FL

Pensacola, FL

Neuroscience
Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry

Sophomore

Connect

I chose UAB because
I wanted to go to a university that made me feel seen and accepted. From the minute I stepped on campus and talked to staff, physicians, and students, every person I came in contact with treated me as if I was family. UAB made me feel like it mattered what they could bring to me to help me succeed rather than asking what I could bring to them to help them succeed and having that dynamic was so important to me. It really is a university that makes you feel like family. I was also in search of a university that actually valued diversity and inclusion. I knew I needed to go to a school that would not make me feel like an imposter and UAB's expansive demographic did not disappoint. I've come to learn about so many other cultures since coming here in addition to further nurturing my own. The people here are all so accepting and I couldn't have asked for a better group of like-minded students and staff.
Best thing you've ate in Birmingham?
Brunch at Trattoria Zaza downtown (specifically the French Toast!), Coffee at Santos or Domestique/Saturn, and dinner at New York Pizza in Homewood (the olive oil and garlic they put on the Margherita pizza is chef's kiss)
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham?
I love to go hiking at all of the various trails surrounding the city. There's literally mountains just steps off of campus and I love having that change of scenery right at my hands. It's a really nice de-stresser to have the opportunity to participate in on the weekends. I've also really enjoyed trying all of the numerous eateries around town. From late night ice cream trips, to early morning breakfast, Birmingham is really a foodie's dream.

I’m interested in
UABMAPS (Minority Association of Pre-Health Students), Honors College, Alpha Epsilon Delta, undergraduate research
I’m passionate about
Community service, equality and inclusion of medicine for those in underrepresented socioeconomic backgrounds, and all genres of music

Andrew Bartholomew

Senior Leavenworth, KS

Leavenworth, KS

Economics
Mathematics and Military Science

Senior

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Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Run around and explore the city including the Vulcan Trail, Rotary Trail, and Railroad Park
Best class I've taken at UAB
Honors Public Speaking, taught by Dr. Steve McCornack
Something new I discovered at UAB
I went to my first Hanukkah celebration. It was such a cool and inviting experience, and I left feeling closer to my peers and with an appreciation for how I get to meet so many cool people with different backgrounds.

I’m passionate about
Exercise and nutrition&civic engagement&community building
I’m interested in
Student Government&Social Justice Advocacy Council&TrailBlazers&Dodgeball Teams&Mock Trial

Vianna Benjamin

Senior Gulfport, MS

Gulfport, MS

Biology
STEM Education

Senior

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I chose UAB because
I was looking for a school that focused on research, diversity, and inclusivity in a great city. UAB was well known for all of that. When I stepped on campus, I instantly knew that this would be the school I would call home for the next few years as I pursue my dream of becoming a physician.
Most surprising thing I’ve learned or experienced at UAB
I learned how to do a real push-up in my freshman honors seminar.
Favorite UAB memory
Playing Uno all night with students I met on the Campus Green when I first moved in.

I’m interested in
Housing and Residence Life, Honors College
I’m passionate about
Expressing myself through music, enjoy life, helping others

Sumedha Bobba

Sophomore Madison, AL

Madison, AL

Neuroscience
Philosophy

Sophomore

Connect

I chose UAB because
I've found it's the perfect mix between a large and small university! It's large enough to where you can meet and make connections with people from all walks of life but small enough to where those connections are meaningful and won't be forgotten.
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham?
Thrift shopping and exploring the local food scene
Best thing you've ate in Birmingham?
Chicken shawarma pita from Falafel Cafe

I’m interested in
Honors College, Greek Life, Neurobiology Research, Early Medical School Acceptance Program
I’m passionate about
Equal Access to Education, Student Advocacy, Student Involvement

Sukhmani Boparai

Junior Jackson, TN

Jackson, TN

Neuroscience
Chemistry and Spanish

Junior

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I chose UAB because
Initially I was interested in UAB because of the academic programs offered. However, as soon as I met the community at UAB, it became my top-choice college. I remember walking up the steps of Volker Hall for an interview. I was very nervous and uncomfortable in professional clothes, but as I ran up the stairs, someone yelled “good luck” to me from the street. At that moment I knew that UAB was the place for me because some random student took the time to say those words and to bring a smile to my face.
Best thing I’ve eaten in Birmingham
The best thing I have gotten to eat, or actually drink, is boba tea. I had never had boba before attending UAB, but during my first break back home, I seriously was missing boba. I love that UAB is located in Birmingham because it’s such a diverse city, which means there is a ton of food. I did not think about the different food that I would get to experience when choosing UAB, but I am so thankful for it now.
Biggest college/adult-related fear I’ve overcome at UAB
Accountability. Before coming to college, I had friends and family calling to give me advice. Most of the advice was about how to handle college, but one piece of advice that stood out to me was that I am now in control of my life. I don’t think I truly understood the responsibility that comes with this control. I remember being afraid the first couple of months of my freshman year—and, honestly, well before college actually started—because I was making my own decisions. More importantly, the consequences of these decisions were my responsibility. Thus, I had to learn to be accountable. I did realize early on that I was accountable for the mistakes I made, but I think what I am learning to overcome—and have overcome, to an extent—is forgiving myself for making these mistakes. Instead of feeling guilty for staying up late one night to talk to friends instead of studying, I am learning to not only recognize that I am the only one to blame for this mistake but also that I can learn from this mistake. Rather than making myself feel worse, I believe I am learning how to hold myself accountable and to grow from an experience.

I’m passionate about
Diversity in different forms. I really appreciate that UAB has a diverse community because I am able to learn so much from different people and recognize the many similarities present despite differences. I also am passionate about being able to pursue diverse interests. I believe this allows me to foster my interests as well as step outside of my comfort zone.
I’m interested in
Dance (Birmingham's Blazin’ Bhangra)&equal education rights (She's the First)&making a direct impact in the Birmingham community (KDSAP)

Kasey Cameron

Junior Alabaster, AL

Alabaster, AL

Biomedical Sciences

Junior

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I chose UAB because
UAB offers a tight-knit family that is dedicated to excellence in a manner I have never seen before. Everybody here wants you to succeed and excel at the next level. The focus UAB puts on creating an environment that allows us as students to be so diverse yet feel like we are all united as a blazer family is why I chose UAB.
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Go to the Summit. Good food. Good shopping. Easy choice.
Something I’m looking forward to at UAB
Continuing to grow as a person and as a future health-care professional. I am excited to continue my education and continue to connect with my peers and develop relationships that last far beyond May 2023.

I’m passionate about
My family, faith, and anything pertaining to people. I love being around and connecting with people.
I’m interested in
TrailBlazers&Honors College&BMD program

Chandler Compton

Senior Moulton, AL

Moulton, AL

Kinesiology

Senior

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Favorite thing to do in Birmingham?
I love being in the city and exploring. Birmingham has so many things to offer and I love getting to experience all of it whether it be food, art, shopping, or music.
Best class you have taken at UAB?
I absolutely love my nutrition and consumer class.
Describe something new you tried or did at UAB and how it made you feel.
I played spike ball for the first time on the green on a sunny afternoon and the sun started to set. It was a beautiful day and I had so much fun playing spike ball. I really got into it and want to play all the time now.

I’m interested in
Traveling. On campus I am interested in the nutrition club, USGA, campus outreach, and coins for cancer.
I’m passionate about
God, art, food, and people.

Tyrek Cunningham

Sophomore Satsuma, AL

Satsuma, AL

Nursing

Sophomore

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I chose UAB because
It’s diversity that is like nothing I’ve experienced in my time as a student prior to college.
Favorite UAB tradition?
UAB’s homecoming game is always so much fun. Students are often busy in the fall getting back into class, and I have often can’t make it to every home football game, but homecoming seems to be the exception. Everyone from freshmen to decades old alumni come to watch our boys play which is always so much fun.
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham?
Scooting around downtown at night with friends.

I’m interested in
UAB Tennis Club.
I’m passionate about
Travel, tennis, and good eats.

Anjali Darji

Senior Huntsville, AL

Huntsville, AL

Psychology
Kinesiology

Senior

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Favorite thing to do in Birmingham?
Hang out in Railroad park
Best thing you've ate in Birmingham?
Anything on the menu at Bayleaf
Biggest college/adult related fear you have overcome at UAB?
College professors don’t bite — they want to help and get to know you!

I’m interested in
Delta Gamma
I’m passionate about
Helping others and making people happy

Ami Dave

Junior Suwanee, GA

Suwanee, GA

Public Health
Chemistry

Junior

Connect

I chose UAB because
Because of the opportunity, diversity, and challenges found here. There's always something on campus that pushes you to be a better version of yourself through the classes you take, people you meet, and opportunities present.
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Going to the WBRC sign at The Club and looking at the city.
Favorite UAB tradition
The Homecoming parade

I’m passionate about
Ensuring that individuals have equal access to resources like education and health care, no matter who they are or where they are from
I’m interested in
Student government&Global and Community Leadership Honors Program&Indian Cultural Association&Social and Justice Advocacy Council&Blazer Spirit Council

Teddy Dowd

Junior Dothan, AL

Dothan, AL

Biomedical Sciences
Spanish

Junior

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Biggest college/adult-related fear I’ve overcome at UAB
One of my biggest fears coming to UAB was meeting people because I was one of very few kids coming to this university from my high school. I quickly overcame this fear as I got more involved with other students and organizations on campus. The community here at UAB is so friendly and welcoming. On top of that, it is so easy to get involved. There are vast opportunities for students to find something that interests them. Through these opportunities, students can then meet so many other people with the same interests and goals. I now know that I can always turn to my friends here at UAB for encouragement or advice. The people that I have built relationships with on campus have become some the closest people in my entire life. Growing up, I was always told that I would meet my closest friends in college, and this statement holds true for me and my time at UAB.
Something new I discovered at UAB
All through high school, I played soccer for my school and club team. Coming to UAB, I knew I would miss being on a team, but I also knew that I wanted to stay active and get involved with sports here, whether it be club or intramural. After getting to campus, a resident assistant invited me to come play ultimate Frisbee with the club team one day. I instantly fell in love and joined the team. UAB Club Ultimate Frisbee is something I never would have guessed I would have tried or gotten involved in. Being part of the team during my freshman year was an awesome experience. I love being a part of the team and building close relationships with the other guys. Frisbee is also a great stress reliever from all my other academics and extracurriculars. I'm so happy I gave ultimate Frisbee a shot, and I look forward to my future time on the team.
What UAB means to me
UAB to me is opportunity. Whether that opportunity relates to academics, extracurriculars, or your social life, UAB has so much to offer. I'm interested in medicine, and UAB offers so many good chances for a pre-med student like myself to get prepared for the MCAT, medical school, and a career as a doctor. These pre-med opportunities show in many different ways. One opportunity is shadowing or volunteering at the various hospitals surrounding the undergraduate campus. UAB also makes it very easy for its students to get involved in good lab research that genuinely interests them. Finally, UAB has so many leadership organizations for students to get involved in. Other than academic and pre-med opportunities, UAB's community also allows students to build strong, long-lasting relationships with other people. UAB is full of opportunity, and these opportunities show in many different shapes and sizes and are easily available to students if they pursue them.

I’m passionate about
servant leadership
I’m interested in
USGA&Club Ultimate Frisbee&intramural sports

Bailee Drummond

Senior Cullman, AL

Cullman, AL

Psychology
Spanish

Senior

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What UAB Means to Me
UAB is my home away from home. When I was looking for a college, I was looking for somewhere I could find friends that felt like family, and that is exactly what I found here.
Favorite UAB tradition
Homecoming Week but more specifically the Gurney Derby
Best class I’ve taken at UAB
Bioethics with Josh May

I’m passionate about
helping others&mental health&student organizations I am involved in
I’m interested in
Greek life&Honors College

Taylor England

Senior Odenville, AL

Odenville, AL

Psychology

Senior

Connect

Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Try new food.
Best class I’ve taken at UAB
Introduction to Interpersonal Communications and Relations
Favorite UAB memory
Flying to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to attend the CIVSA conference with some of my fellow TrailBlazers! Getting to present at the conference and facing my fear of heights by riding the tram to the top of the Sandia Mountains are things I'll never forget.

I’m passionate about
fitness&reading
I’m interested in
Greek life&undergraduate research&the psychology honors program

Annie Ensor

Senior Sikeston, MO

Sikeston, MO

Neuroscience

Senior

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Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Going out and trying new restaurants with my friends.
I chose UAB because
The educational and social experiences and opportunities that are present at UAB and throughout the city of Birmingham.
What UAB means to me
UAB is my home away from home. It’s a place where I have found my independence and met some of my closest friends. This university is one of the best preparations for my future, educationally and through my own personal developments.

I’m passionate about
Being able to help those around me and always trying to make the best of any situation
I’m interested in
Honors College&undergraduate research&Greek life

Sharon Gallegos

Junior Fort Payne, AL

Fort Payne, AL

Biomedical Sciences

Junior

Connect

Favorite thing to do in Birmingham?
Watch the sunrise/sunset from any of the pretty views overlooking the city
Best class you have taken at UAB?
Introduction to Sociology with Dr. Scott
Best thing you've ate in Birmingham?
Yo’ Mama’s chicken and waffles

I’m interested in
Alpha Gamma Delta, Dance Marathon, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Blazer Kitchen Volunteer
I’m passionate about
Being a helpful hand and spreading kindness to those around me.

Ethan George

Junior Lawrenceville, GA

Lawrenceville, GA

Neuroscience
Psychology and Chemistry

Junior

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I chose UAB because
The opportunity the university provides along with the diversity on campus.
Favorite UAB memory
My favorite memory so far comes from the beginning of freshman year, when I got to meet a lot of new, welcoming, and passionate people.
Something new I discovered at UAB
I wanted to be more outgoing, so I joined organizations and applied to leadership positions. I'm so glad I decided to put myself out there, because I got to meet so many new people. This is how I became a TrailBlazer. I'm excited to keep trying new things throughout my time at UAB.

I’m passionate about
making people smile
I’m interested in
USGA

Mary Gilmore

Junior Helena, AL

Helena, AL

Public Health

Junior

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Best class I’ve taken at UAB
So far it has been a core English literature class. I wasn't too excited about having to take another English, but professor Joey Kennedy made the class interesting and fulfilling. Every class that I walked out of, I can confidently say I took something away from it—more than just literature, and that's the reality here at UAB. Your professors are here to support you while enriching your learning experience, and that's why at UAB, any class has the potential to be your favorite class.
Best thing I've eaten in Birmingham
Pho at a restaurant at the Pizitz Food Hall. Pho is the best.
Most surprising thing I’ve learned or experienced at UAB
A sense of community and belonging. The university is the perfect size to feel small enough that you can see the same people and create your own communities, but large enough that you can continuously meet new people and make new relationships. There is something for everyone here.

I’m passionate about
helping my community
I’m interested in
USGA&School of Public Health&Greek life&Honors College

Montana Henderson

Sophomore Priceville, AL

Priceville, AL

Mechanical Engineering

Sophomore

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I chose UAB because
It offers me a diverse, welcoming collegiate experience all while nestled into the beautiful metropolitan setting of Birmingham.
Best thing you've ate in Birmingham?
Lunch at Falafel Café. You have to try their chicken pitas. My dream is to learn how to cook food as savory as them.
What does UAB mean to you?
A home away from home.

I’m interested in
Greek life and University Student Body Government
I’m passionate about
Making people laugh

Ava Henson

Junior Spring, TX

Spring, TX

Genetics and Genomic Sciences
Spanish, Chemistry, Psychology, and STEM Education

Junior

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Favorite UAB tradition
Every year UAB football players dedicate the Homecoming game to patients at a local children's hospital by wearing special jerseys that have the names of patients on them.
Best thing I’ve eaten in Birmingham
Hattie B's hot chicken. Seriously, it's the best.
I chose UAB because
It is not only a school but a community of passionate and hardworking students and faculty whose work goes way beyond the university's boundaries. At UAB, you aren't just a number. You're a part of the Blazer family where everyone wants you to succeed just as much as you want to yourself. UAB is undoubtedly a place that cultivates success, providing opportunities for students of all backgrounds and pursuits to truly be the best they can be.

I’m passionate about
Reading&writing&learning new things
I’m interested in
University Honors Program&UABTeach&UAB Rangeela

Elliott Hernandez

Senior Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Biomedical Sciences
Chemistry and Human Rights

Senior

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Favorite UAB memory
The 50th anniversary Homecoming week concert. Weezer killed it.
Best thing I’ve eaten in Birmingham
The best thing has got to be the brunch mystery bowl at Black Market in Five Points. The mystery bowl is basically just a random assortment of breakfast foods that the chef chooses on the spot. It's always delicious and never the same.
Something I’m looking forward to at UAB
I'm looking forward to the very first Blazer football game I get to watch in the soon-to-open Protective Stadium.

I’m passionate about
board games&music&the great outdoors
I’m interested in
Greek life&UAB Habitat Club&UAB Ambassadors&Honors College

Michael Ho

Senior Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga, TN

French and Neuroscience
Chemistry

Senior

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Best class I’ve taken at UAB
French-Speaking Cinema. Really opened up my traditionally scientific perspective to the world that is larger than cellular processes. I was able to dive into French culture and critically analyze old films from the 1940s and 1950s and see their cultural significance in contemporary French film.
Most surprising thing I’ve learned or experienced at UAB
I have come to embrace my artistic side, which I never really knew I had. In studying French and attending various philosophy seminars, I’ve been able to truly broaden my horizons and find a new passion in exploring different cultures and artworks.
Biggest college/adult-related fear I’ve overcome at UAB
Prior to coming to UAB, I was nervous and anxious as to how exactly I'd manage my schedule, coming from a high school that had fairly rigid class structures. However, as I've grown in my own independence and adulthood, I've truly enjoyed getting to map out my own day-to-day schedule and keep myself responsible by adhering to that.

I’m passionate about
chasing waterfalls&thrift shopping&rural health care
I’m interested in
USGA&Ambassadors&AED (pre-health organization)&UAB Honors College

Reilyn Intemann

Senior Fort Mill, SC

Fort Mill, SC

Nursing

Senior

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I chose UAB because
It was the perfect fit. I could never put it into words because it is so different from what I said I wanted when I was touring schools, but when I stepped on campus, it felt like home, and everyone immediately became my community and family. I continue to choose the opportunity and diversity that are on campus and in the city as well as the amazing medical facilities and staff that have quite literally been my lifesavers.
Best thing I've eaten in Birmingham
Yo’ Mama’s chicken and waffles (gluten free, of course)—good old Southern cooking by the sweetest ladies.
Biggest college/adult-related fear I’ve overcome at UAB
Doing things without my parents. Whether it is going to doctor’s appointments or traveling home, I wasn't used to doing these things alone, and it was really intimidating at first. Last spring I was going through a really rough patch with a heart condition, and it was the first time I had to really advocate for myself.

I’m passionate about
Sharing my love for the place I have now made home with prospective students and helping them find their #uabwhy.
I’m interested in
Honors College&volunteering with children&Dance Marathon

Pranav Kakulamarri

Senior McKinney, TX

McKinney, TX

Neuroscience and Anthropology
Chemistry

Senior

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Favorite UAB tradition
Creed Week.
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Coffee and Railroad Park.
Best class I’ve taken at UAB
Race and Dialogue.

I’m passionate about
bridging hearing&telling stories
I’m interested in
Social justice advocacy

Abhi Kamath

Junior Hoover, AL

Hoover, AL

Neuroscience
Philosophy

Junior

Connect

I chose UAB because
This is the college where I would learn and grow into the best individual I can be. Birmingham is the city I grew up in. My parents have always worked in Birmingham, and as a child, I would always go to downtown or UAB for summer camps. In high school, I spent every summer at UAB doing research or volunteering, and I witnessed all the accomplishments, the change, and advancements UAB made. I knew that UAB was the college where I would have the brightest future and have the resources and help to accomplish my goals as a person and as a student. The culmination of growth, diversity and inclusion, genuine mentorship, and truly unique opportunities presented by UAB makes this campus truly unparalleled in student possibilities compared to any other school I visited.
Favorite UAB tradition
Homecoming week. The week started off with the Blazer Showdown, where I got to watch all my friends dance in a competition. The next day they brought out one of my favorite comedians, Trevor Wallace, to do a stand-up show, and I got to meet him! The Gurney Derby is a UAB classic that I think everyone has to see or take part in to really understand how intense it is. Then I got the chance to march in the parade and see everyone at UAB, from staff to researchers to graduate students. And to end the week, of course we had the tailgate and football game. It is by far the most fun week of the year.
Biggest college/adult-related fear I’ve overcome at UAB
One of my biggest fears was how I was going to get involved in organizations in college. At first, I felt this rush to join everything as soon as possible, but my advisors helped put everything into perspective for me. They laid out what my four years at UAB would look like and showed me just how much time I would have to discover my true interests before joining different organizations. They also showed me how a lot of the bigger organizations on campus open up applications in the spring semester rather than in the fall. Because of their help, I spent most of the first semester really enjoying college, making friends and having fun, and discovering my true passions and the best organizations to fulfill those passions (which I eventually joined in the spring). With the help of my advisors, I feel like I made the most out of my freshman year without missing out on campus involvement.

I’m passionate about
Tennis&Basketball&Medicine&Research
I’m interested in
Early Medical School Acceptance Program&Science and Technology Honors Program&Senator for the Undergraduate Student Government Association&Neurobiology Research

Kian Kolahdouzan

Sophomore Madison, MS

Madison, MS

Neuroscience
Chemistry

Sophomore

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Best class you have taken at UAB?
Bioethics taught by Laura Seger
Best thing you've ate in Birmingham?
Lunch at Falafel Café. You have to try their chicken pitas. My dream is to learn how to cook food as savory as them.
Favorite UAB memory
The snow day of 2021. Everyone came out and had a big snowball fight. There were snowmen everywhere, and it was also nice not to have classes that day.

I’m interested in
Student Government, Personalized Honors College
I’m passionate about
Research, Fitness and Nutrition, Learning, Soccer

Ania Krutul

Senior Fairhope, AL

Fairhope, AL

Economics
Mathematics

Senior

Connect

Favorite UAB tradition
Touching the paw of the Blaze statue outside of Collat for good luck before big days and exams.
Best class I've taken at UAB
An honors cinema class where I was able to watch movies that are staples within our culture and learn about the importance of storytelling within film.
What UAB means to me
UAB means so much more than a university. UAB means being outspoken, confident, and unapologetically unique. It means being respected and accepted while being challenged and questioned. It means innovation, progress, and, most importantly, family.

I’m passionate about
Sustainability&human rights&good food
I’m interested in
Students for Human Rights&USGA&Honors College

Jeetesh Kunche

Senior Mobile, AL

Mobile, AL

Biomedical Engineering
Computer Science

Senior

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Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
My favorite thing to do is eat. The city has such a wide variety of quality food locations. It's honestly overwhelming at times, but I'd rather have that than too few options.
Favorite UAB memory
My favorite memory would definitely be when I participated in the 2019 Diwali show as MC. The thought of doing comedy skits in front of nearly 2,000 people scared me at first, but the experience ultimately helped me grow out of my shell.
Best thing I've eaten in Birmingham
There are so many amazing places to eat in Birmingham, but I would say the best food I have had is from the taco truck on Green Springs next to the Chevron gas station. Their authentic tacos are unlike any others, and I find myself always making space for them.

I’m passionate about
playing guitar and piano
I’m interested in
Indian Cultural Association&Honors College SMART Leader&Science and Technology Honors Program

John Ellis Kuykendall

Sophomore Tuscaloosa, AL

Tuscaloosa, AL

Biology
Chemistry and Business Administration

Sophomore

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Favorite UAB tradition
The Homecoming parade. I love seeing everyone so excited and just having a good time.
Favorite UAB memory
The very first time I climbed to the top of the bridge in front of Collat. That was when I knew UAB was where I wanted to be.
Biggest college/adult-related fear I’ve overcome at UAB
I was super nervous about not knowing what to major in. I knew I was on the pre-medicine track, but I had no idea what to study. I ended up realizing I had time to figure it out, and it would be OK.

I’m passionate about
Helping people become the best version of themselves they can be. My biggest goal is to always be helpful and to become the president of the United States one day.
I’m interested in
Lots of things on campus. One organization I love to work with is the Honors College, where I serve as an ambassador.

Darby Lyndall

Sophomore Ocean Springs, MS

Ocean Springs, MS

Nursing

Sophomore

Connect

I chose UAB because
UAB felt like home. Immediately when I come here, I feel at peace, and that was something I wanted to hold on to.
Favorite UAB tradition?
Blazer Thunder at football and basketball games
Biggest college/adult related fear you have overcome at UAB?
I have learned that in order to find myself, I have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, and it’s been the best lesson I’ve ever learned! Because of this, I have become more independent and comfortable with being alone.

I’m interested in
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)
I’m passionate about
Using my experiences to help other people through theirs.

Danna Mahdi

Junior Huntsville, AL

Huntsville, AL

Health Care Management
Chemistry

Junior

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I chose UAB because
UAB was always my goal throughout my time in high school. I always visited UAB when my eldest sister went here and I fell in love with it every time I came. As I got older I started looking at UAB in a more serious sense and I had a huge appreciation for the diversity on campus. I tend to stand out because of my hijab but visiting UAB made me feel like I fit in somewhere, regardless of how different I am. I ultimately chose UAB because I truly felt I’d be happy here.
Best thing you've ate in Birmingham?
The brown sugar milk tea boba at Kokee Tea. I’m absolutely obsessed with it.
Most surprising thing you have learned or experienced at UAB?
I genuinely had no idea how many academic and campus life resources we have at our disposal. It’s honestly amazing. Anything I could need, UAB has something to help me. If I need help with writing I can go to the writing center. If I need a tutor I can go to the VMASC. If I need to get across campus and I don’t want to walk I can take the Blazer Express. There’s so much more and we have access to all of this just by being students at UAB.

I’m interested in
TrailBlazers, Pre-Dental Honors Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society
I’m passionate about
Reading (I spend a lot of time on BookTok), Social Justice, Mental Health

Jaden Mosley

Sophomore Marietta, GA

Marietta, GA

Biomedical Sciences

Sophomore

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I chose UAB because
Aside from the beautiful campus and the opportunities that come with being surrounded by hospitals, UAB was the first place that instantly felt like home to me. I could actually picture myself walking through the green to class or getting lunch with my friends at the hill. I just knew it was where I was meant to be.
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham?
My friends and I always go out for ice cream at night, sometimes it’s DQ but recently it’s been a place called Big Spoon which has cinnamon toast ice cream (so delicious), and then we go to a place called the “Overlook”. It’s at the top of a hill in this huge subdivision and it’s one of the best views of the city. The funny part is that it doesn’t have an actual address and I don’t even know how to get there, so it’s like a cool hidden spot. I feel like I’m on top of the world whenever I’m there.
Best class you have taken at UAB?
My first semester I took a dialogue based honors seminar on race/racism. The first half of the semester we did a lot of reading and learning about not only racism in America, but also how to effectively dialogue about such a tough subject. For the rest of the semester, we dug into the nuances and subtleties of racism and I can say that everyone in that class came away with a better understanding of race in America. This class was super important to me because it helped me become more comfortable in my own identity and taught me how to talk to people about issues that matter. Both of my professors for that class were amazing and I recommend everyone to take that seminar.

I’m interested in
MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-Health Students)
I’m passionate about
The number one thing I’m passionate about is helping people in any capacity that I can. I went to a middle school where the majority of students came from low income families, so in high school I was heavily focused on the cause of housing for low income families, specifically through Habitat for Humanity. Everyone deserves to have a place to call home and that’s something that I hope to continue to work towards at UAB.

Katherine Njau

Junior Birmingham, AL

Birmingham, AL

Economics and Political Science

Junior

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Favorite UAB tradition?
Homecoming
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham?
Hiking at Ruffner Mountain
Best class you have taken at UAB?
Human trafficking because it exposed me to different aspects of society that are considered trafficking situation

I’m interested in
Greek Life, Pre-Law track
I’m passionate about
Writing, traveling, exploring restaurants in Birmingham

Cassidy Nolan

Junior Hueytown, AL

Hueytown, AL

Elementary Education

Junior

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Favorite UAB tradition
The Homecoming parade because students come together and celebrate all aspects of our university. Many organizations are highlighted, and school spirit is evident, and it makes me proud to be a Blazer.
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Visit the coffee shops and study with friends. Sometimes you need to change the scenery when studying, and Birmingham has plenty of spots to do that.
What UAB means to me
It means tradition, family, achievement, and so much more. I have had the opportunity for so many outstanding experiences, and I have seen UAB's values represented so passionately. Each student truly understands UAB's values, and this campus is a family. UAB is my home away from home, and I'm proud of to call myself a Blazer.

I’m passionate about
Student involvement because it has made my experiences at UAB 10 times more memorable

Matt Quarnstrom

Senior Pelham, AL

Pelham, AL

Civil Engineering

Senior

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Favorite UAB tradition
I love the Gurney Derby that takes place every Homecoming. It’s so fun to run up and down 13th Street with hospital gurneys, and it is probably the most unique tradition at our school.
Best class I've taken at UAB
I love my construction management class. My professor was Dr. Zech, who has worked in the construction industry for many years, and he helped me secure multiple interviews at construction firms throughout the Birmingham area. I now have a co-op with my dream company.
Best thing I’ve eaten in Birmingham
I love the mac-and-cheese grilled cheese from Melt. Especially when you add bacon to it.

I’m passionate about
construction&helping make others feel good
I’m interested in
TrailBlazers&Chi Epsilon Delta

Karthik Reddy

Senior Madison, AL

Madison, AL

Neuroscience and Philosophy
Chemistry and Business Administration

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Favorite UAB tradition
Gurney Derby. During Homecoming week, every student organization races each other on gurneys to try to win during this huge rally.
Best class I’ve taken at UAB
Tough decision because all my classes have been great, but honors public speaking with Dr. McCornack really forced me to come out of my shell and made me realize all the faults I had when I gave presentations.
Best thing I’ve eaten in Birmingham
Açaí bowls. Farm Bowl has the best in town, and don't let anyone else convince you otherwise.

I’m passionate about
research&advocacy&the BBQ nachos from Full Moon
I’m interested in
student government&Best Buddies&Pi Kappa Phi&the Science and Technology Honors Program

Sreevani Reddy

Sophomore Madison, AL

Madison, AL

Kinesiology

Sophomore

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Favorite UAB tradition?
Blazer Splash!
Best thing you've ate in Birmingham?
Not necessarily eating, but coffee from Santos!
Something I am looking forward to at UAB is...
Getting to participate in more traditions and events!

I’m interested in
Honors College, Greek Life, UAB Dance Marathon, Pre-PT Society, Green Team
I’m passionate about
Learning, Life, Being Good to Others, Chicken

Kafui Sakyi-Addo

Junior Madison, AL

Madison, AL

Psychology
Film and Creative Writing

Junior

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I chose UAB because
It was the only place that I could see myself and where I felt the most at home. Shout-out to whoever was watching The Office on one of the TVs in the Hill Student Center on the day that I came to visit, because they definitely played a part in my decision.
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Going to concerts. It's so nice to live in a city with so much live music, and I've already gotten to see some of my favorite bands in concert.
Something new I discovered at UAB
This is probably super nerdy, and I've made my peace with that, but at UAB I've gotten to play Dungeons and Dragons with some really close friends, and as someone who grew up doing theater but isn't doing it anymore, it's honestly one of the highlights of my week. It’s definitely filling up the theater-sized hole in my heart.

I’m passionate about
my faith&The Great British Baking Show
I’m interested in
University Honors Program&USGA&student media

Devin Sherman

Sophomore Hoover, Alabama

Hoover, Alabama

Public Health
Spanish and Medical Sociology

Sophomore

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Best class you have taken at UAB?
Spanish 102 with the best, Professor Sanchez-Lopez
Describe something new you tried or did at UAB and how it made you feel.
Something new I tried at UAB was applying for this position! I applied just trying to put myself out there and I found a group I already love. I love talking and meeting new people and this has made me feel so wholesome and worthy. TrailBlazers made me feel super involved and proud!
Something I am looking forward to at UAB is...
I am looking forward to the growth I am going to have over the next 3 years! UAB is so diverse and developing and I am really looking forward to see the progress of my friends and all the new organizations. Here, I feel like there are endless opportunities

I’m interested in
Pre-Medicine, Birmingham Blazin Bhangra (BBB), Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), Club Volleyball
I’m passionate about
Different cultures and foreign languages! also love reading and British literature

Lulu Smith

Junior Auburn, AL

Auburn, AL

Biomedical Engineering
Neuroengineering

Junior

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I chose UAB because
UAB is so close to the Birmingham community in a way that students can see their impact in real time. The way we uplift and support the Bham community is amazing and a lot of students who intern or work at the hospitals are directly benefiting Birmingham citizens. It's something I couldn't find anywhere else, the way UAB loves its city.
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham?
Going to Railroad park to picnic as the sun sets! Its a gorgeous time of day and you get to see the Alabama Theater light up as the sun goes down and reflects off of the sky scrapers.
Favorite UAB memory?
The water balloon fight on The Green! We had a massive water balloon battle for all UAB students my freshman year in our first few weeks of school, and even our professors joined in and let us out of class to participate. It was a great way for me to meet new people as well!

I’m interested in
Greek life (Panhellenic), Birmingham Robotics Initiative, Women in Stem, Metal on Metal THA Research Lab, and The Biomedical Engineering Society!
I’m passionate about
Affordable medical devices for underserved communities. Also about increasing STEM opportunities at a local high school level for underrepresented communities in STEM fields.

Remy Stuckey

Senior Huntsville, AL

Huntsville, AL

Genetics and Genomic Sciences

Senior

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Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Explore. I have been visiting Birmingham my whole life and lived here for two years, and I am always being introduced to something new. Birmingham is a big food city, so I love trying out new and popular restaurants of all kinds. I am also a huge coffee person, and this city has no shortage of amazing coffee shops. I've made it my mission to try as many as possible. Finally, I love the outdoors. Although Birmingham is urban, there are parks and hiking trails everywhere. Each time I go somewhere new, I get to see a whole different view of the city.
Best class I've taken at UAB
The best was a molecular genetics class that I took my freshman year. It was a research-based course that was centered around hands-on laboratory work. My classmates and I were able to work with the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute to learn more about rare genetic diseases in humans. Then we spent the semester using different tools to modify the genes of zebrafish to reflect these diseases. It was really amazing to be able to do that research as a freshman and see results. We were even able to present our work at the UAB Expo for undergraduate research. Opportunities like these are one of the reasons I chose UAB.
Biggest college/adult-related fear I’ve overcome at UAB
Asking for help. As an "adult" entering college, I felt like I was supposed to have it all together and be completely independent. I ultimately realized that this was not the case. There was a lot I didn’t know, especially when it came to furthering my education and experiences outside of the classroom. It took me until my sophomore year to finally reach out to faculty and advisors for guidance, and I wish I had done it sooner. These people helped guide me toward research opportunities and even a master’s program. If you’re ever feeling lost or unsure, don’t hesitate to ask for help, even if it’s not academic, and there will be someone more than willing to help you along the way.

I’m passionate about
Good coffee. One of my favorite things about Birmingham is its abundance of unique—and amazing—coffee shops. My goal is to visit as many as possible and find the best coffee shop in town.&On a more serious note, I am also passionate about empowering others to feel supported in their goals and in the pursuit of such. Choosing a potential career and pursuing a path in college can be difficult and confusing, but with the support and encouragement of others, I think it can be a lot of fun. I'm thankful that UAB and everyone involved have created that supportive community for students.
I’m interested in
Science and Technology Honors Program&Language Without Barriers&undergraduate research

Brandon Tice

Junior Mobile, AL

Mobile, AL

Elementary Education
Psychology

Junior

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Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Exploring downtown Birmingham with my friends. We usually try to find murals where we can take pictures.
Favorite UAB memory
Homecoming week. I got to participate in countless fun activities on campus like the parade, the football game, and much more. At the end of the week, I got to see one of my favorite bands, Weezer, right on the Green. That’s my favorite memory because I knew I chose the right place for my second home.
What UAB means to me
UAB means a second home to me. I have no problem calling it my second home because of how comfortable and free I feel on campus. I have amazing friends and classmates that always encourage me to be my best self in and out of the classroom.

I’m passionate about
A proper and unique education for neurodiverse students
I’m interested in
UAB Spikeball Club&School of Education Ambassadors

Caroline Weisenfeld

Junior Montgomery, AL

Montgomery, AL

Biomedical Sciences

Junior

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I chose UAB because
UAB was the only school I felt that would grow with me from undergraduate, to professional school, and life after. UAB grows with me and allows me to stay in Birmingham.
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham?
Check out all of the cool hiking and walking trails like the ones at Vulcan and Red Mountain!
Favorite UAB memory
My favorite UAB memory is the Weezer concert from my freshman year, it ended with fireworks going off behind Vulcan over the mountain.

I’m interested in
University Honors Program, Greek Life (Alpha Gam)
I’m passionate about
Cooking and hanging out with friends

Katie Young

Senior Memphis, TN

Memphis, TN

Political Science
Human Rights

Senior

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Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Going to concerts or going out for ice cream.
Best class I’ve taken at UAB
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication with Dr. McCornack and Dr. Morrison.
Biggest college/adult-related fear I’ve overcome at UAB
I didn't know anyone when I moved to Birmingham, and I was so scared that I wouldn't make friends. I am 3.5 hours from my family, but I have learned how to live on my own and have made a completely new circle of friends here at UAB.

I’m passionate about
making people feel welcome at UAB&letting people know how fun Birmingham is (the Jonas Brothers and Mountain Brook Creamery)&The Bachelor
I’m interested in
Kappa Delta sorority&GCL Honors Program&Church of the Highlands college ministry
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