Yolanda Amezaga

Yolanda Amezaga

Senior Spanish Fort, AL

Spanish Fort, AL

Biomedical Sciences
Chemistry

Senior

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Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Trying new restaurants. In the three years that I have been in Birmingham, I have yet to run out of a new restaurant to try. I have also tried many new dishes from different cultures. Not only is there a long list of restaurants to go to in Birmingham, but there also is great diversity in the dishes you can eat. Currently, my favorite restaurant is Ikko, a Japanese restaurant you can walk to from campus.
Best class I’ve taken at UAB
It would have to be my first honors seminar as a freshman. It was titled “One Hundred Things About the Brain.” I have never been interested in neurology before this class, but I was not opposed to learning more on the subject. The course introduced me to how complex medicine really is. It was taught by a UAB medical school professor. Thankfully, he taught the material in an undergraduate format. Each class period was memorable, and I am forever grateful I was introduced to the study of medicine in such a fascinating way.
Favorite UAB memory
One of my favorite UAB memories would be going to the bridge that connects to the Collat School of Business after my 5:00 p.m. class. At this hour the sun would be setting. I never missed a beautiful sunset among the UAB skyline. It was a great spot to collect my thoughts after my day of classes. I definitely recommend stopping by the bridge and getting a picture of UAB's campus. It’s the best spot on campus to do so.

I’m passionate about
providing health services for the underserved in the near future&hiking&swimming&going to the beach&doing anything outside
I’m interested in
Honors College&nutrition and neurology research&volunteering at the Equal Access Birmingham free health-care clinic

Ohtra Awad

Senior Hoover, AL

Hoover, AL

International Studies

Senior

Connect

Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Running in downtown Birmingham.
Best class I've taken at UAB
MENA Politics with Dr. Reuter.
Favorite UAB tradition
Gurney Derby.

I’m passionate about
Palestinian culture & current issues in the Middle East
I’m interested in
TrailBlazers

Neha Balachandran

Senior Suwanee, GA

Suwanee, GA

Neuroscience
Chemistry and Spanish

Senior

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Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Take a walk around Railroad Park or try a new local restaurant or coffee spot.
Best thing I’ve eaten in Birmingham
Brunch at Trattoria Zaza.
Something I’m looking forward to at UAB
Senior year and figuring out the next step in my journey.

I’m passionate about
all things community service and helping underserved populations through health care
I’m interested in
Global and Community Leadership Honors Program&Epilepsy Center&Birmingham Crisis Center&Community of Hope health clinic

Andrew Bartholomew

Junior Leavenworth, KS

Leavenworth, KS

Economics
Mathematics and Military Science

Junior

Connect

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

Junior Gulfport, MS

Gulfport, MS

Biology
STEM Education

Junior

Connect

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

Sukhmani Boparai

Sophomore Jackson, TN

Jackson, TN

Neuroscience
Chemistry and Spanish

Sophomore

Connect

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)

Angie Bradley

Senior Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville, FL

Biology
Chemistry and Spanish

Senior

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Favorite UAB tradition
The gurney derby
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Go to Railroad Park and have a coffee at Red Cat.
Favorite UAB memory
Snow day of 2017 because students came together to have fun after a stressful time.

I’m passionate about
Environment&tea blends&getting my nails done
I’m interested in
Greek life&Honors College&working during college

Kasey Cameron

Sophomore Alabaster, AL

Alabaster, AL

Biomedical Sciences

Sophomore

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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

Abigail Cheek

Senior Albertville, AL

Albertville, AL

Social Work
Human Rights

Senior

Connect

I chose UAB because
It was unlike any other college campus I had visited. The atmosphere on campus was enough to sell me on my choice. Not only are there so many different opportunities for growth in your field of learning, but also in your personal self. All of the experiences that are possible at UAB have really helped me become a person to be proud of.
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Going out and experiencing the city. Being an urban campus is a huge thing that sets UAB apart. The city truly is magical and offers countless opportunities for fun, whether you are seeking beautiful art, amazing food, or pretty much anything else you can think of.
Favorite UAB memory
My time here at UAB has allowed me to create some of the fondest memories of my life. One commonality of all the memories is the people that I experienced them with. UAB has introduced me to some of the best people on the planet and I am so lucky to be able to call them my friends. Everything that we do together is a fond memory to me, whether it’s something small like eating lunch together in the Hill or something big like taking a trip to Tennessee for an away game.

I’m passionate about
Sustainability&Human rights&Equal rights&Art&Fashion&Botany
I’m interested in
USGA&Panhellenic&Greek life&Transfer Student Organization&Phi Alpha

Alex Clark

Senior Madison, AL

Madison, AL

Accounting
Marketing

Senior

Connect

Best class I've taken at UAB
Social media marketing
Best thing I’ve eaten in Birmingham
The Showalter burger at Jack Brown's. A burger with applewood smoked bacon, cheese, a fried egg, and glazed doughnut buns.
Favorite UAB memory
The snowstorm during freshman year that covered our Campus Green and brought everyone outside

I’m passionate about
Knowledge&Guitar&Volleyball
I’m interested in
Beta Alpha Psi&Campus Ministries&UAB Men's Club Volleyball

Ami Dave

Sophomore Suwanee, GA

Suwanee, GA

Public Health
Chemistry

Sophomore

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

Sophomore Dothan, AL

Dothan, AL

Biomedical Sciences
Spanish

Sophomore

Connect

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

Junior Cullman, AL

Cullman, AL

Psychology
Spanish

Junior

Connect

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

Junior Odenville, AL

Odenville, AL

Psychology

Junior

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

Junior Sikeston, MO

Sikeston, MO

Neuroscience

Junior

Connect

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

Kristine Farag

Senior Carmel, IN

Carmel, IN

Immunology
Biology, Chemistry, and Philosophy

Senior

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Favorite UAB tradition
The huge fire pit after the Fight Song during Homecoming week.
Best class I've taken at UAB
Family and Philosophy with Dr. Welch. It will make you rethink everything you thought you understood.
Biggest college/adult-related fear I’ve overcome at UAB
Public speaking—thank you, TrailBlazers!

I’m passionate about
music&learning&reality TV
I’m interested in
UAB Dance Marathon&Alpha Xi Delta&Science and Technology Honors Program

Ethan George

Sophomore Lawrenceville, GA

Lawrenceville, GA

Neuroscience
Psychology and Chemistry

Sophomore

Connect

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

Sophomore Helena, AL

Helena, AL

Public Health

Sophomore

Connect

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

Ava Henson

Sophomore Spring, TX

Spring, TX

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

Sophomore

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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

Junior Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Biomedical Sciences
Chemistry and Human Rights

Junior

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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

Junior Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga, TN

French and Neuroscience
Chemistry

Junior

Connect

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

Tyler Huang

Senior Birmingham, AL

Birmingham, AL

Neuroscience (ABM in Biomedical Sciences)
Chemistry

Senior

Connect

Best class I’ve taken at UAB
During my freshman year, I took a course called Ethnographic Filmmaking, taught by Michele Forman, the chair of the Media Studies Program. This class focused on documentary filmmaking as a platform for studying human narratives and backgrounds. Through this course, I was able to learn how to produce my own short film, and I went on to present it at a national conference in Boston, MA.
Best thing I’ve eaten in Birmingham
Big fan of Jack Brown's burgers and fries. You have to check out their special sauce. I could eat there every day.
Something I’m looking forward to at UAB
I look forward to cheering on the Blazers in our brand new Protective Stadium, where our football team can continue to win major titles.

I’m passionate about
food&filmmaking&student advocacy&sustainability&community&public health medicine
I’m interested in
USGA&Undergraduate Research Ambassadors

Reilyn Intemann

Junior Fort Mill, SC

Fort Mill, SC

Nursing

Junior

Connect

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

Junior McKinney, TX

McKinney, TX

Neuroscience and Anthropology
Chemistry

Junior

Connect

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

Sophomore Hoover, AL

Hoover, AL

Neuroscience
Philosophy

Sophomore

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

Ania Krutul

Junior Fairhope, AL

Fairhope, AL

Economics
Mathematics

Junior

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

Sophomore Mobile, AL

Mobile, AL

Biomedical Engineering
Computer Science

Sophomore

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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

Connect

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.

Brett McGee

Senior Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville, FL

Industrial Distribution

Senior

Connect

I chose UAB because
The amazing amount of culture and opportunity available to all students.
Favorite UAB tradition
Gurney Derby/Showdown
Best thing I’ve eaten in Birmingham
The hamburgers at Jack Brown's.

I’m passionate about
Making meaningful connections with those around me and constantly pushing myself and those around me to reach our highest potential
I’m interested in
Theta Chi fraternity&TrailBlazers

Emily McMahon

Senior Trussville, AL

Trussville, AL

Biology
Chemistry and Spanish

Senior

Connect

Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
In the summer, I love spending a Saturday morning at Pepper Place market!
Best class I’ve taken at UAB
Dr. Levine's honors seminar on communication.
Best thing I've eaten in Birmingham
Big Spoon Creamery in Avondale is my favorite.

I’m passionate about
Making connections with others and being encouraging and supportive to those around me. I love being in a community with people who are uplifting and challenge each other to be their best.
I’m interested in
Greek life (Kappa Delta and Panhellenic Pi Chi)&Honors College

Khushee Modi

Senior Helena, AL

Helena, AL

Industrial Distribution

Senior

Connect

I chose UAB because
My major allowed me to add a pre-health track and the Honors College while graduating on time. This customizable experience is what I was looking for in a college.
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
All the unique events that keep popping up. For example, the Greek Festival, cool concerts, and cooking classes by local restaurants.
Best thing I’ve eaten in Birmingham
Bowls—açaí bowls, poke bowls, taco bowls, etc.

I’m passionate about
I put a high priority on my health, so I'm really passionate about mindfulness. I listen to my favorite podcast, Coffee Talks with Karen, and keep a daily routine.&Outside of that, you can find me making TikToks and watching all the Bachelor/Bachelorette seasons. (P.S. Hannah B. is my fave!)
I’m interested in
Honors College&Greek life

Thomas Mullins

Junior Tuscaloosa, AL

Tuscaloosa, AL

Finance and Foreign Languages

Junior

Connect

Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
I love to play disc golf around Birmingham.
Best thing I’ve eaten in Birmingham
Saigon Noodle House’s Phở Gà. I’ve never had anything better in my life.
Something I’m looking forward to at UAB
Our first football season at the new Protective Stadium.

I’m passionate about
making people laugh!
I’m interested in
USGA&Orientation Leaders&TrailBlazers&I'm most interested in the buffalo chicken tenders at Full Moon Bar-B-Que in the Hill Student Center

Cassidy Nolan

Sophomore Hueytown, AL

Hueytown, AL

Elementary Education

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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

Anna Parker

Senior Birmingham, AL

Birmingham, AL

Elementary Education
Spanish

Senior

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Best thing I've eaten in Birmingham
Mac-and-cheese grilled cheese at Melt.
I chose UAB because
Because of the real-world, authentic, hands-on learning opportunities it provides. UAB has given me the opportunity to learn directly from students in the field at local elementary schools. I was able to go into the classrooms as early as the first semester of my freshman year.
Something I’m looking forward to at UAB
Student teaching.

I’m passionate about
UAB&helping others&teaching elementary school-aged children
I’m interested in
Greek life (Delta Gamma)&Honors College Personalized Pathway&Kappa Delta Epsilon honor society&Order of Omega honor society&founding member of Delta Alpha Pi honor society

Viral Patel

Senior Madison, AL

Madison, AL

Finance and Industrial Distribution
Health Care Management

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Favorite UAB tradition
Mr. and Ms. UAB. This tradition and experience truly changed who I am as a person. I was able to partake in a dreamlike college experience (walking on the football field, being in the Homecoming parade, interviewing with accomplished people, etc.). The week full of Homecoming festivities brought me closer to the other nine members of the finalist group and made me appreciate UAB's traditions much more and at a deeper level. I highly recommend participating in this tradition or any of the other ones to show your spirit and love for the green and gold.
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
I am a big food person, and I am always in the loop about new places coming to Birmingham. I have tried 90 percent of the coffee shops within the Birmingham, Hoover, Mountain Brook, and Vestavia areas. These coffee shops are so unique because they all have different owners, different aesthetics, and different menus. Some places have only gourmet coffee, and some places have doughnut waffles. Who knows what you will find in this city?
Best thing I’ve eaten in Birmingham
I have been able to test out the French toast at Trattoria Zaza. This, by far, has been the best French toast I have ever tasted in my life. I recommend this place to 95 percent of the people I meet because when it comes to food, I do not play. It has the perfect amount of syrup drizzled on, and if you get lucky, they might put either caramelized apples or blueberries on top. This toast absolutely slaps and melts in your mouth upon contact.

I’m interested in
Birmingham's Blazin’ Bhangra
I’m passionate about
Photography and design work. I dedicate a lot of my free time toward designing logos and stickers, editing pictures, or capturing moments to relieve stress.

Matt Quarnstrom

Senior Pelham, AL

Pelham, AL

Civil Engineering

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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

Junior Madison, AL

Madison, AL

Neuroscience and Philosophy
Chemistry and Business Administration

Junior

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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

Alan Roper

Senior Trussville, AL

Trussville, AL

Accounting and Industrial Distribution

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What UAB Means to Me
UAB has given me an education and friends that will last a lifetime. What more could I ask for?
Most surprising thing I’ve learned or experienced at UAB
I've found that this quote has become more true: “Hard work beats talent when talent refuses to work hard.”
Favorite UAB memory
Making the TrailBlazer team

I’m passionate about
Life&Making people happy
I’m interested in
Reformed University Fellowship&National Alumni Representatives

Kafui Sakyi-Addo

Sophomore Madison, AL

Madison, AL

Psychology
Film and Creative Writing

Sophomore

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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

Seeta Shah

Senior Memphis, TN

Memphis, TN

Neuroscience
Art Studio, Biology, and Chemistry

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I chose UAB because
Because of the diversity and all of the opportunities it had to offer me. These were two major aspects I was looking for in a university, and UAB has plenty of both. Since I've been here for the past two years, I've been able to meet so many people from all types of backgrounds, and I have been able to grow so much as a person due to the organizations I've been deeply involved with.
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Discover new places to eat. My roommates and I have an ongoing list of new local restaurants that we want to try, and we are trying to complete the list by the time we graduate.
Best thing I’ve eaten in Birmingham
The best thing is a quesadilla at the taco truck at the Chevron gas station on Green Springs. Make sure to get the spicy green and red sauce.

I’m passionate about
Promoting diversity on campus. We are such a diverse and unique student body, and I am passionate about sharing and educating others about my culture.

Dhruv Singh

Senior Hoover, AL

Hoover, AL

Mechanical Engineering

Senior

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Favorite UAB tradition
Definitely the Homecoming parade.
Favorite thing to do in Birmingham
Biking around downtown with a friend on a sunny day.
Best class I’ve taken at UAB
Fluid Mechanics. It was hard but super interesting.

I’m passionate about
sustainability&building things&The Office
I’m interested in
Undergraduate Student Government Association&TrailBlazers&Tau Beta Phi (engineering honor society)

Remy Stuckey

Junior Huntsville, AL

Huntsville, AL

Genetics and Genomic Sciences

Junior

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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

Sophomore Mobile, AL

Mobile, AL

Elementary Education
Psychology

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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

Callie Walls

Senior Cookeville, TN

Cookeville, TN

Neuroscience
Chemistry

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Favorite UAB tradition
The Gurney Derby. During homecoming, teams from all the clubs on campus and even some doctors and faculty form teams and race decorated gurneys. It is such a classic UAB tradition.
Favorite UAB memory
My favorite memory is from the end of the fall semester during my freshman year. On the very last day of the semester, it snowed, and the whole campus was covered in a blanket of white. Everyone was out on the Green having snowball fights and building snowmen. It was such a fun day because we all got to be together and celebrate a great semester. I also got a bunch of super cute snow pictures.
What UAB means to me
UAB means community to me. I have grown so much during my time at UAB, and I have found a community of people that I love and that challenge me to grow and pursue my dreams. The people at UAB are special, and you can feel the community atmosphere as soon as you step on campus. We all want each other to succeed, and we support each other during every step of the journey.

I’m passionate about
Becoming a doctor&learning&friends and family&my doggies
I’m interested in
University Honors Program&AED&undergraduate research&Antioch community church

Olivia Walker

Senior Trussville, AL

Trussville, AL

Industrial Distribution
Communication Management

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Best class I’ve taken at UAB
My economics class completely changed the way I looked at and analyzed the world. My professor, Dr. Robinson, is one of the best professors on campus. (Seriously—he literally won awards for his teaching.) He is brilliant at explaining how economics can apply to any and every life situation. (One of his test questions was about a rock band. I'll never forget that.) He made a class that I was dreading one of the most memorable classes I've ever taken and took a topic I knew nothing about and turned it into something I use almost every day.
Biggest college/adult-related fear I’ve overcome at UAB
Surprisingly, I was so scared of people when I first got to college. I was worried I'd be that one person who would be completely friendless because I was too scared to meet new people, but that turned out to be so not true. UAB has so many organizations to choose from, and you can make friends easily through that. My best friends during freshman year were seniors in the Ballroom Dance Society and the people I met in the campus ministry I joined. (Two of the girls I met during freshman year were my roommates during my junior year.)
Something new I discovered at UAB
Scuba diving. (Who knew you could learn to dive in the middle of a city?) I've always been interested in diving, but I have a fear of being trapped underwater. I tried it anyway through UAB's scuba diving class, and it's easily the coolest thing I've ever done. Once you're in the water, everything else melts away, and all you can think about is the weightlessness. It’s honestly a magical experience every time.

I’m passionate about
People. I want to go to seminary and then on to vocational ministry once I graduate, so grabbing a bite to eat or a hot coffee and chatting about life with friends new and old is one of my favorite things to do.
I’m interested in
Ballroom dancing&campus ministry&scuba diving

Zee Wright

Sophomore Hattiesburg, MS

Hattiesburg, MS

Cancer Biology
Psychology

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Favorite UAB tradition
The Gurney Derby race.
Best class I’ve taken at UAB
My best class so far would have to be Bioethics taught by Dr. Morgan.
Something I’m looking forward to at UAB
Making lots of memories with my friends and sharing with future students why I love UAB so much.

I’m passionate about
being of service to others
I’m interested in
Green Team&Honors College&M.A.P.S

Katie Young

Junior Memphis, TN

Memphis, TN

Political Science
Human Rights

Junior

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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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