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Profile: Kirun Baweja


Name: Kirun Baweja

Year: 3

Degree: Medicine

Hometown: Toronto, Canada


Book: “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak, “Fugitive Pieces” by Anne Michaels, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini (couldn’t pick just one!) 

Movie: Aladdin

Song: “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz

Animal: Tiger

Place in St Andrews: St Mary’s Quad

Sports Team: Toronto Maple Leafs of course!

Midnight Snack: Fruit n Fibre cereal – I’m addicted

Quote: The two quotes that always motivate me are “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those doing it.” – George Bernard Shaw, and “God made the world just as much for me as for any one else.”  — Oscar Wilde



Campus Activities: President/Founder of Operation Smile St Andrews, President of Yoga Society, Secretary for Surgical Society, Peer Assisted Learning Scheme mentor

Plans for the Future: to become a reconstructive surgeon and work with Operation Smile, to write a book, and to become a yoga teacher

Study ‘Ritual’ : If I’m studying at home, my house has to be completely clean, otherwise I get distracted. I usually study at the library though – if I’m at home, I procrasticook (it’s a real thing) – so every morning I pack my day’s worth of snacks and meals in neat little containers to take with me. It sounds weird but without it I’d be running off buying food every 10 minutes!

Something on your St Andrews Bucket List: Walk the Fife Coastal Path


Relationship Status: Single

Deal Breaker: Arrogance, selfishness

Deal Maker: Ambition, kindness, sense of humour



Dream Job: Pediatric Reconstructive Surgeon

Dream Vacation: Greece

Celebrity Crush: Don’t really have one! If I absolutely had to pick, I’d say Theo James

Secret Talent: I’ll get back to you when I discover it?

Three Things You Can’t Live Without: my yoga mat, my journal/writing notebook, my planner 

Guilty Pleasure: Looking through recipe blogs/cookbooks – could do it for hours on end

Dream Dinner Guests (5, dead or alive): Vincent Van Gogh, Cleopatra, Dr William Magee, Malala Yousafzai, Leonardo da Vinci  



I am an American medical student at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. I have been an avid writer for several years, focusing mainly on creative writing. But I hope to be more involved in our university's culture, particularly by bringing interesting information to all of our students!
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