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Bobby Brass

Bobby Brass headshotMajor: Public Health

Minor: Biology

Favorite quote: "Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it." - Rafiki, The Lion King

Biggest mistake as a first-year student? What did you learn? My biggest mistake when I was a first-year student was not putting myself out there and taking risks. I was intimidated by the idea of "college" and constantly having good grades, that I basically become a hermit for a year. I eventually learned that I needed to find a balance between school and fun, and started to open myself up more to new experiences, clubs/organizations, and people. Some of my very best friends and best stories come from when I allowed myself to step out of my comfort zone.

How did you choose your major? I started at Baldwin Wallace as a biology and chemistry double major. Three or so weeks into the fall of '16 semester, I had a friend who introduced me to Public Health. I, then, talked to Dr. Joseph Yavornitzky, who really convinced me that it was the way to go with how much it would help me with medical school. I filled out the "Switch Major" form that same day.

What has been your best experience at BW? My best experience at BW was getting the chance to go on an Alternative Break Trip to Camp OneHeartland during the summer of '17. I was able to create new friendships that I still have to this day, as well as the opportunity to grow as an individual by giving back and making a small change in the lives of those who utilize the camp.

Favorite spot on campus? Easy. The Telfer lounge.

What is the one thing you want the incoming students to know as they get ready for their summer orientation experience? Have an open mind when you arrive on campus for orientation. It can be a more enjoyable experience for you if you allow yourself to be open to what orientation has to offer. Go ahead and get a little out of your comfort zone. Be a little weird. Be a little goofy. If my color partner and I can do it, you can do it, too.

What is one major piece of advice you would give new incoming students to help them succeed in their first year at BW? Be prepared to feel overwhelmed; there will times where there is a lot going on in your life, but the trick is to make some time for yourself and do things that help you relax, and gives your brain a break!