WEST CHICAGO – With one year into college, Yash Bhatia is still pursuing a career in science.
Bhatia is back in his family's West Chicago home after spending his freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis. Bhatia said the past year was an incredible experience with more freedom than he anticipated.
"There was a lot of independence – it was very different than high school," Bhatia, 18, said.
Bhatia came off an active senior year at St. Charles East High School where he was involved in everything from orchestra to tennis to the school newspaper. He also joined a few groups during his college freshman year, including City Faces. The City Faces program works with children living in public housing in inner St. Louis.
Bhatia also joined two executive boards, one for the International Pre-Health Society and another for TEDxWUSTL, Washington University's independent organized TED event. TED stands for technology, entertainment and design. Since this was the school's second such event in its history, Bhatia was busy with venue setup, creating programs and more.
Another aspect of college life that kept Bhatia occupied was his actual classes. His freshman course load of chemistry, biology, calculus and physics required more studying than he originally anticipated.
"In college, you have to put in a lot more work to do well," Bhatia said.
Bhatia next school year plans to take more science courses, including organic chemistry. This summer he is learning more about biomedical engineering, specifically immunoengineering, during summer research at Northwestern University in Evanston.
If that wasn't enough, Bhatia still hopes to find a medical doctor to shadow as well before returning to St. Louis for the fall semester.
As part of the Kane County Chronicle's graduation series, we are catching up with graduates the Chronicle has featured in previous years.