Senior Spotlight: Will St. Amant
A graduating senior, HOPES Student Leader Will St. Amant has taken the time to reflect on his Stanford experience and the impact HOPES has had on his last four years. Majoring in Human Biology and completing an honors thesis to examine the implications of a specific protein in neurodegenerative disease, Will hopes to attend medical school after working for a management consulting firm in San Francisco. His ultimate goal is to combine his passion for medicine with his experience in the business world to effect change in the current U.S. healthcare system.
Will’s time with HOPES has complemented his academic interests within biology and healthcare and he is grateful for the opportunity this project has afforded him in terms of leadership and teamwork. Will started working for HOPES solely due to his scientific curiosity and enjoyment synthesizing groundbreaking HD research for articles on the website. By shifting into a leadership role charged with organizing large events and outreach functions, Will quickly discovered his affinity for working in groups and exploring scientific concepts at a more strategic level.
Will cites time spent at the HD World Congress in Rio de Janeiro in September 2013 as his most memorable HOPES experience. It inspired him to attract more visitors to the website through increased social media outreach and an expanded global HD section. “HOPES undoubtedly helped me understand my strengths and passions while at school here. I feel very close to the HD community from my several years at HOPES and hope to stay involved beyond Stanford.”