Daniel Rittle, Class of 2022

Each story is unique, intimate, and powerful. Readers, please come open-minded and ready to engage with the following stories. More importantly, be ready to interface with an intimate space and allow yourself to step inside someone else’s life. The following is the narrative of Daniel Rittle, an MD-PhD student, M2 at KUMC.


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Meg Detwiler, Class of 2022

Each story is unique, intimate, and powerful. Readers, please come open-minded and ready to engage with the following stories. More importantly, be ready to interface with an intimate space and allow yourself to step inside someone else’s life. The following is the narrative of Meg Detwiler, a second-year medical student at KUMC.


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Reach for the Moon, End up a Fleming

David Embers, M4, Class of 2020

I remember 4th grade like it was yesterday, likely because that is when I peaked. It could have been a fun year, but unfortunately for me, it wasn’t. You see, my podmates all had cooties. You read that right, ALL of my podmates. It was me and three girls: Brooke, Sasha, and Rebecca. All confirmed cooties. What a joke. In hindsight, Mrs. Stevenson did it on purpose because she knew me and my best friend Josh were tight as heck and could have basically taught the class if we wanted to. But whatever.

Anyway, at the front of the room above the chalkboard was a poster. “Reach for the moon, and even if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars.” It was catchy. No lie, the first few times I read that it gave me goosebumps. Thought I might just mess around and change the world. Made me want to be extra precise on the folds for my construction paper popper that would inevitably get taken away before recess. Made me want to be somebody.

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Big Sur

by Katelyn Schumacher, Class of 2022

After taking Step 1, I traveled to California to camp out in Big Sur where there is no phone service. We slept under the redwoods, woke before sunrise, and spent time hiking and taking in all the stunning views. This photo is of the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge, which is one of the most highly photographed places. It was so stunning, so I spent a while trying to capture it the best I could!

Sanctuary by Temple Worship

featuring Connor Stubblefield on cello, M2, Class of 2022
JACINDA GODFIRNON/VIOLIN – BRADEN BEST/PERCUSSION – ALEX ALLEN/DRUMS/VOX/GUITAR – LYDIA POWERS/VOX – LISA CHEADLE/VOX – SETH HARPER/ELECTRIC GUITAR – NATALIE SHUM/FLUTE – DAVID MUOLO/GUITAR – CONNOR STUBBLEFIELD /CELLO – LON AMICK/ACOUSTIC GUITAR – ALI STALLBAUMER/TRUMPET – MELISSA WHARTON/KEYS – URIAH GUENTHER/ACOUSTIC/VOX – HAVILAH GUENTHER/VOX – RIAN STALLBAUMER/PIANO –

Connor Stubblefield is an M2 at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is also an accomplished cello player and a member of the band Temple Worship.

“Temple Worship is the praise team for the College and Young Adults Class at Midtown Baptist Temple. A band formed with a heart to respond and obey to the Spirit’s leading. Each of our members is different: some have full time jobs, others are full-time students, some are classically trained musicians while others are self-trained. We are white, black, Hispanic, blue-collar, white-collar…but we are the temple, and we offer our worship. The Lord deserves to be praised, and Temple Worship seeks to invite all who will listen to join.” –C&YA

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