Arij Beshish

My day job is being a PhD student and research assistant in physiology. My area of study is the long-term effect on the right heart and pulmonary vasculature in adults who were born preterm. I’m also a physician and will be applying for my residency as an internist in the fall.

 My most memorable caffeine was my first cup of coffee, which I had with my grandfather. I was about 14 or 15 at the time. Although my grandfather was Libyan, he spent most of his teen years in France and was always very cosmopolitan, very “French.” We sat together and he made me an Arabian coffee, which is served in a small saucer and is very concentrated with a lot of sugar. My grandfather is gone now, but whenever I have an Arabian coffee, I think of him.

 My current caffeine of choice is hazelnut coffee.

My favorite place for caffeine is Panera (they have great hazelnut coffee!).

The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is my sister. She and I are very close—we’re similar in so many ways, yet different too. We both love Panera and love to come here for coffee and to split a bearclaw. She used to live in Madison, so we got to see each other a lot—she moved to Michigan recently and I really miss having coffee with her!

 World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: Learning how to be more kind and compassionate with one another. When is the last time you saw people fighting in a coffee shop? It just doesn’t happen. When you’re sharing coffee you’re communicating, you’re connecting and you’re living in the moment.