Midwesterners have a reputation for being almost too nice or patient. “Coasties” (as we call them in Wisconsin) can really seem to have an issue with the Midwest. Since a lot of medical students do come from the coasts, being a Midwesterner might seem daunting, but it’s really nothing to worry about. The first year of medical school teaches you to bridge all divides; you’ll have friends from all over within a month at Wash U. As a student, a Midwestern lifestyle may serve you well. Medical school is a marathon, not a sprint. Your appreciation for people and your patience are key features of being a doctor and a sane student. As far as the weather, there’s no lake effect here, folks. Hot days, cool nights, and lots of humidity make for a long summer and give you time to settle into St. Louis. Winter is shorter and milder if you’re coming from anywhere north of Chicago. St. Louis and Wash U have all of the charm of the Midwest, a touch of Southern warmth, and people from all over with whom to enjoy it.

— Bernie M., M1