Q&A with neuroscience student Wilmer Castillo

Close up photo of Wilmer Castillo.

This summer, Wilmer Castillo became a certified EMT-B and developed essential skills he can use during emergency situations. It’s all part of Wilmer’s mission to aid his community, and it’s why he is at WSU on a pre-med track to be a neurologist.

Where are you from and where did you graduate high school?

I’m from southern California and graduated from Hawthorne High School in Hawthorne, California. I am currently pursuing a degree in neuroscience on a pre-med track. 

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

Some of my favorite hobbies include cooking dishes I find randomly online or those that remind me of home. This is mostly due to help with homesickness and cooking has always been comforting. Another hobby I do is collect stickers, pins, coffee bean bags, or shoes. I enjoy being able to collect things that are limited edition or just have fun collecting items that may lead me to various locations to get.

What’s your favorite thing about WSU?

My favorite place at WSU is the fourth floor of the CUB, due to how welcoming the environment is and being able to meet and talk to a diverse group of people from various backgrounds and locations. 

What’s your favorite course you’ve taken at WSU?

My favorite course at WSU would definitely be Neuro 301 with Dr. Ryan McLaughlin, due to how effective he is as an instructor and his personality. His ability to make difficult concepts more understandable and fun made the class very interesting and intriguing.

What’s a unique fun fact about you?

I ran the Los Angeles Marathon twice, the first during my junior year and the second during my senior year of high school. 

What are your career goals?

I aspire to be a physician back in California to help my community, specifically specializing in neurology due to the complexity that comes with determining what neurological condition is affecting a specific area of the brain causing a cascade effect in body functions.