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August 9, 2018

The incredible Class of 2022

The Class of 2022’s John Nestler paddled solo for 27 days through the Grand Canyon.

The Class of 2022’s John Nestler paddled solo for 27 days through the Grand Canyon. Scroll below for more pictures from the incoming class.

A tropical disease researcher who can diagnose Chagas disease and remove parasites from cows. And her classmate who has first-hand experience with typhoid fever and malaria – but as a patient.

EMTs and emergency department scribes. A ballerina who bakes wedding cakes, and an R&D engineer who has patents pending on the next generation of razors.

Volunteers who have staffed an HIV food bank in Barbados, free clinics in Ghana, a traveling Peruvian medical mission and the Domestic Policy Council in the White House.

A student who’s the first in his family to graduate college, and a classmate who’s the third generation to come to our medical school.

Thrill seekers and wilderness explorers who’ve skydived from a plane and scuba dived to a shipwreck. A kayaker who paddled solo for 27 days through the Grand Canyon, and a marathoner who ran his race without training first.

A first-generation American who was born in Sweden. A wanderer who spent their childhood living in 25 different towns all over the U.S., and another who calls Virginia’s smallest town home.

A traveler who crossed the Saharan Dessert on camelback. Another who walked 465 miles with pilgrims from around the world to visit a shrine in Spain.

One rescues cats, another names his house plants.

Wakeboarding, horseback riding and the sport of fencing – they’ve competed in all three. A pair of avid sock collectors might turn it into a competition.

One student can say the alphabet backwards – really fast.

Another applied, not only to medical school, but also to the Food Network’s Chopped TV show. Instead of waiting for her casting call – she is here on the MCV Campus now!

Story by Erin Lucero

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