John Ewing-Men’s Cross Country
Men’s Cross Country
Major: Chemical Engineering
Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt?
Vanderbilt provides a great well-rounded college experience for students who have varied
interests like science, medicine, politics, music, and sports. I appreciate that Vanderbilt focuses on undergraduate education and has a relatively small class size, but that Vanderbilt also excels in research and has a leading academic hospital. As a high school student, these traits really appealed to me, and I have come to appreciate them even more since being here!
What are your career goals?
After my undergraduate education, I plan to attend medical school. Helping others directly through patient care appeals to me, and I also want to be a part of improving healthcare in the United States through laboratory or clinical research.
What does it take to be academically successful at Vanderbilt?
I’ve always found that having an interest in the subject matter of a class is the key to doing well in the course. If I don’t like a class, I find something about it that is interesting.
How do you manage your demanding schedule?
Developing a weekly routine has always been the most helpful thing for my time management, especially with the daily commitment of cross country practice. It’s certainly a challenge,
but I try to schedule my time proactively rather than reactively.
What is your ritual before taking a test?
I do not really have very specific ritual before taking a test. I usually try to get up early enough to have a big breakfast, to make sure that I have all necessary materials, and to arrive at the class in plenty of time.
What is your favorite quote?
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”