Vaibhavi Shah

Favorite Course 20 subject and why?
20.110-Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems was my first real exposure to BE, and absolutely I loved it! It was interesting to see how deceivingly simple concepts and equations can be applied to complex biological systems—I was particularly a huge fan of the statistical mechanics portions of the class. Also, Professor Birnbaum and Professor Voigt are amazing mentors and really work their hardest to make sure you have a great introduction to Course 20. I even stuck around to TA the following year, and I had a blast with the best teaching staff and students I could ask for!

What will you miss most about being an undergraduate at MIT?
Having to leave campus in 2020 and not getting a full senior year experience helped me realize how much I value all the people: my friends, my professors, and everyone in the MIT community. From pset-ing on Stud5 to bouncing between office hours, the people really made the hard work a fun time. I’ll miss everyone so much, but I’m very excited to see what everyone ends up accomplishing!

Where will you be next year?
I will be pursuing a MD at Stanford Medicine in the Physician-Scientist Training Program!

Who deserves a shout-out?
Way too many people, but here’s a few: My parents and sister for being my inspiration and motivation—love you! My mentors for always providing much needed advice through many tough decisions (sorry for making you write all those letters of recommendation!). My friends for getting me through my first all-nighter and countless pset nights.