Angela Li, M2, Class of 2023
Food has always been a part of my social life: going out to eat at restaurants or grabbing drinks at a cocktail bar were activities that I enjoyed with my friends and they were ways to connect with people and catch up with those that I haven’t seen for a while. When we first went into quarantine, all of a sudden, I lost a big portion of my social life, and it was truly quite isolating in the first couple months.
Alexandra Davidson, M1, 2024
From a young age, I have enjoyed making decor for everyday use or holidays. My mom got me hooked on making holiday wreaths over 10 years ago when she asked me to help her refurbish one; I lost count of how many I have made since. My granny taught me how to sew when I decided that I wanted to make my own Halloween costume in 6th grade.
By James Vargo, M.D., PGY6
I’ve never really considered myself to be an artist. I grew up enjoying pencil sketching and took some high school classes, but compared to the talent of the true creative and artistic minds around me, expression of my right brain felt forced. This hobby, like many, was pushed to the side by the ever expanding time commitment to medical school and residency.
By Lauren Zeller, M2, Class of 2022
[Featured below] are two “starter” embroidery pieces I found patterns for, and I decided to try my hand at embroidery as an outlet for some stress and anxiety during my second year. I learned to sew from both of my grandmothers and how to cross stitch from my mom at a very young age, and in college I did some free-hand embroidery on a jean jacket I wore all of the time. I got tons of compliments on the anatomical heart and eye that I did on my jacket, and found that embroidery was similar to basic sewing, but with so much more of an artistic flair. It is basically painting, but instead of using paint, you create the color and texture using embroidery floss (fancy thread). Embroidery can be very difficult, but the finished pieces are so beautiful and satisfying that it more than makes up for the time I spent on them and the number of times I stabbed myself with needles!
Hannah Billings, M1, Class of 2023
My name is Hannah Billings, I am a first-year medical student who runs a local cake pop business, Cake on a Stick LLC.
From hobby to business . . . Cake on a Stick began as a creative outlet, paired with a passion for baking. After trial and (many) errors, techniques were perfected, and delicious masterpieces were made. While the process of baking is enjoyable, the real fun was in sharing with family and friends. And thanks to the encouragement and supportiveness of the early taste-testers, Cake on a Stick was born and it’s poppin’!
Alexis Yakes, M1, Class of 2023
“Alexis Yakes is from Denver, Colorado. She was a concert pianist as a child, and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, as an undergraduate majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production. She then attended New York University in New York City, New York, in order to obtain prerequisites necessary for Medical School through the Post-Baccalaureate program. She has worked multiple career trajectories including personal training/fitness instructing, assistant producing/radio programming, and bartending. She is currently a Doctorate of Medicine candidate class of 2023 at the University of Kansas. When not studying, she can be found hanging out with her two dogs, Gibson and Bunny, the loves of her life.”
Angela Li, M1, Class of 2023
I have always loved drawing upon nature for inspiration for my artwork, especially for my pieces in metalsmithing. The tension between the organic, pleomorphic elements found in nature and the rigid, unyielding structure of metal is an idea I like to explore in my work. This piece, titled “Enter the Kraken” (derived from Bruce Lee’s iconic movie “Enter the Dragon”), is a sequel to a vase I had made a semester prior, but this was an extra challenge to myself: to make a smaller, more lifelike version of an octopus that is free standing.
David Brown, M1, Class of 2023
My name is David Brown and I am an M1 who runs a small photography business, DB Photo Co. I started photography in high school for fun with taking photos of my friends here and there. My freshman year at Kansas State, I got a job as a university student photographer which really allowed my skill to increase as I worked under two very phenomenal photographers. With some guidance, I was able to start DB Photo Co. and begin developing a portfolio as I took on senior photos, graduation photos, engagements/proposals, and weddings over the past four years. Some of my favorite memories have been from behind the camera, and I hope to keep doing photography alongside medicine in the future!