My name is Hannah Billings, I am a first-year medical student who runs a local cake pop business, Cake on a Stick LLC.
From hobby to business . . . Cake on a Stick began as a creative outlet, paired with a passion for baking. After trial and (many) errors, techniques were perfected, and delicious masterpieces were made. While the process of baking is enjoyable, the real fun was in sharing with family and friends. And thanks to the encouragement and supportiveness of the early taste-testers, Cake on a Stick was born and it’s poppin’!
“Alexis Yakes is from Denver, Colorado. She was a concert pianist as a child, and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, as an undergraduate majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production. She then attended New York University in New York City, New York, in order to obtain prerequisites necessary for Medical School through the Post-Baccalaureate program. She has worked multiple career trajectories including personal training/fitness instructing, assistant producing/radio programming, and bartending. She is currently a Doctorate of Medicine candidate class of 2023 at the University of Kansas. When not studying, she can be found hanging out with her two dogs, Gibson and Bunny, the loves of her life.”
“I have always enjoyed sketching and art, but it wasn’t until my fourth year of medical school that I felt like I had the inspiration and time to dedicate to it. I started drawing again to better understand the anatomy I encountered in surgical cases. Once my away rotations were over I decided to explore different mediums. I went from the comfort of pencil and paper to ink drawings and then digital drawings. I have started a collection of my anatomical sketches on instagram @scalpel.and.sketches “
I have always loved drawing upon nature for inspiration for my artwork, especially for my pieces in metalsmithing. The tension between the organic, pleomorphic elements found in nature and the rigid, unyielding structure of metal is an idea I like to explore in my work. This piece, titled “Enter the Kraken” (derived from Bruce Lee’s iconic movie “Enter the Dragon”), is a sequel to a vase I had made a semester prior, but this was an extra challenge to myself: to make a smaller, more lifelike version of an octopus that is free standing.
My name is David Brown and I am an M1 who runs a small photography business, DB Photo Co. I started photography in high school for fun with taking photos of my friends here and there. My freshman year at Kansas State, I got a job as a university student photographer which really allowed my skill to increase as I worked under two very phenomenal photographers. With some guidance, I was able to start DB Photo Co. and begin developing a portfolio as I took on senior photos, graduation photos, engagements/proposals, and weddings over the past four years. Some of my favorite memories have been from behind the camera, and I hope to keep doing photography alongside medicine in the future!
“My project is exclusively made of stained plywood, glued on top of one another and then cut down into, and finally sanded to created the smooth valleys and plateaus. This really cut into the costs.
When I first started medical school, I found myself disappointed at the lack of creative outlets it offered me. We were constantly expected to absorb, absorb, absorb, and then regurgitate knowledge. We exclusively took in information, never creating anything for ourselves. I decided to find my outlet elsewhere, via smaller wood sculptures and projects.
Sculpting doesn’t apply directly to my future life as a physician, but instead balances it. In the world of medicine, I’m constantly compared and evaluated against a “standard” or a “correct answer” or even my fellow peers’ performance. In the world of sculpture it’s just whatever I want to do, complete freedom.”
featuring Connor Stubblefield on cello, M2, Class of 2022
Connor Stubblefield is an M2 at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is also an accomplished cello player and a member of the band Temple Worship.
“Temple Worship is the praise team for the College and Young Adults Class at Midtown Baptist Temple. A band formed with a heart to respond and obey to the Spirit’s leading. Each of our members is different: some have full time jobs, others are full-time students, some are classically trained musicians while others are self-trained. We are white, black, Hispanic, blue-collar, white-collar…but we are the temple, and we offer our worship. The Lord deserves to be praised, and Temple Worship seeks to invite all who will listen to join.” –C&YA
“During my gap year before medical school, one of my goals was to discover a new hobby. I was looking for one which I could utilize to make small, unique gifts for my friends and family. I explored quite a few, but embroidery turned out to be the perfect hobby for me. It is neat and clean, requires only a few supplies and makes a fun gift as well.
The pattern I most enjoy designing are floral patterns in these adorable three-inch frames I found online. I made the First Bouquet in early spring of this year, and it hangs on the wall in my room. This was the project that inspired me to make more floral designs. I gifted The First Flower Basket to my wonderful aunt who lives in Pakistan. Happy Birthday, Tehrim is a piece I made for my best friend; who also happens to be my sister-in-law. I gave Pink and Maroon to a kind and fun friend from work. Honey for Pooh Bear is the first cartoon pattern I attempted, and I am pretty happy with the result. This one hangs on the wall in my room as well.
Looking back, I am happy with my decision to take a gap year for several reasons. One big reason is because it allowed me time to discover this new hobby. I look forward to designing more pieces throughout medical school and using my new creative outlet to take a break from studying – for just a little while, of course. “
After taking Step 1, I traveled to California to camp out in Big Sur where there is no phone service. We slept under the redwoods, woke before sunrise, and spent time hiking and taking in all the stunning views. This photo is of the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge, which is one of the most highly photographed places. It was so stunning, so I spent a while trying to capture it the best I could!