Tyan Fairbank, biologist and social media guru

Major: B.S. biology (Molecular, Cellular and Develeopmental Biology), pre-med track

What would you tell your freshman self?

I transferred to KU sophomore year and attended a community college before, but I would tell myself to get involved in campus organizations early!

What is the benefit of being in the College, studying alongside students studying sciences, arts and humanities?

I think the benefit of being alongside students of so many academic majors is that you really get a sense of everything there is to offer at KU. It adds multiple perspectives on questions, and you learn to see perspectives from every angle possible.

What has been your favorite class at KU? And why?

My favorite class thus far was my SOC 160 social problems & American values class. It really changed how I think and altered my perception of the world around me.

What’s your favorite part of campus?

I love the sidewalk area in between Budig and Wescoe - In the spring and fall the foliage makes it absolutely beautiful.

What do you want to do when you graduate?

I recently decided to take a gap year, but after that year is over the main goal is to attend med school.

What’s your best KU memory? My favorite memory is probably seeing students win $10,000 from Bill Self for two years in a row. Last year, the guy that was chosen for the contest was sitting in the row behind me.

How do you recharge your batteries? A face mask and a night of Netflix definitely does the trick. I also have a playlist for when I’m stressed out that I listen to!

What motivates you? My family. I just want to make them proud.

Cookies and coffee, biology and best bosses: Tyan Fairbank shares her day: