Studying Biomedical Engineering While Being a Student-Athlete

Sara Anderson

Sara Anderson
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Tell us about yourself.

My name is Sara Anderson, I am from Manchester, New Hampshire, but I was born in Prague, Czech Republic where my mom grew up. I am a 20-year old Biomedical Engineering student at Wentworth Institute of Technology with a minor in Biology. I am also captain coxswain of the Wentworth Men’s Rowing team. I love to explore, try new things, and meet new people!

Where did you attend school and what did you study?

I am a Junior at Wentworth Institute of Technology studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Biology.

What advice would you give to students interested in majoring in Biomedical Engineering?

The Biomedical Engineering major is fast-paced and information-loaded. A lot of courses are hybrid classes that can overwhelm you, but in the end, I think it’s a really rewarding major. I love the topics I learn, and all courses are directly correlated with a potential career path you might find yourself interested in. However, especially as a student-athlete, time management is fundamental to being successful at Wentworth. For rowing, we have 4:45 am practices on weekdays, so staying on top of your tasks is crucial!

What is your favorite thing about your Wentworth experience?

I have too many favorite things about Wentworth! I think the basis of all my wonderful experiences at Wentworth are because of the faculty and staff. They are always so supportive and they really helped me adjust to college life. There have been so many times where I have been grateful for how approachable everybody is, and their willingness to help is unmissable. Otherwise, I absolutely love that Wentworth is in the middle of the city. On weekends, I love to just walk around Boston for hours.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in at Wentworth?

I am captain coxswain of the Men’s rowing team (which is probably my most time-consuming activity), and I’m also a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Where do you see yourself in the next few years?

Once I graduate from Wentworth, I hope to go to grad school. After grad school, the two Biomedical Engineering areas I’m interested in working in would be either prosthetic design or tissue engineering. I’m hoping through the co-op process I get a chance to explore these different areas and find my passion!

Day in the Life

What time do you wake up in the morning?

If I have practice, 4:15 am. If I have an 8 am, I wake up at 7 am.

Any morning routines?

Make coffee, turn on my oil diffuser, get dressed and go!

Do you listen to podcasts or music in the morning, if so what do you listen to?

I like to listen to John Mayer, Vance Joy and Bazzi.

What is your favorite place in Boston?

My favorite places in Boston are Beacon Hill, the Esplanade, and the North End.

Favorite place to eat food in Boston?

Blackbird Doughnuts, no question about it.

Any shoutouts? 

Yes!! Thank you to my parents, my brother, my coaches, all of my friends, and everybody who has helped me along the way or given me any sort of advice, big or small!

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