Welcome to Human Biology! The HumBio Core classes were some of my favorites at Stanford, and I’m so excited to be able to guide you through them this year. HumBio is unique because of the freedom it gives you to create your own version of the major. The Core’s job is to expose you to many HumBio topics that might interest you, so that you know what to do with all that freedom. During my time in the Core, I found the lectures on child development and the brain to be the most thought provoking, and was inspired to create an area of concentration in those fields. What drew me back to the Core this year was the chance to revisit the classes that motivated me and my friends to find our focuses in the major. I am looking forward to leading all of you through the Core and to hopefully help you find what you’re passionate about within HumBio! While at Stanford, I’ve also been lucky enough to have a variety of research experiences related to HumBio, including epigenetics, neurology, and pain medicine. Outside of academics, I’ve enjoyed activities like playing violin in the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, studying abroad in Paris, staffing in a row house, and working as a Student Advisor for HumBio. As you go through the Core this year, keep an open mind and make an effort to maintain your outside interests -- you never know what activity might bring new meaning to a class, or vice versa. I can’t wait to meet you all and help you start your HumBio journey!