Aditya

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How I’ve made the most of my Duke experience

At Duke, you're an explorer charting your own path. For me that involved developing close relationships with upperclassmen mentors, not being afraid to put myself in challenging circumstances, and developing my own Duke story rather than pursuing the most successful path. Duke is not defined by just the classroom. Recognizing ideas that interest you and pursuing them to carve out your own path in your four years here is the most important part of the Duke experience. Make an attempt to form lifelong relationships with mentors who can range from professors to upperclassmen. Be brave and focus on learning versus class difficulty. Attend interesting lectures that give you ideas about how to address a need in society. And the best part about Duke is that you can get funding to transform those ideas into reality. While all the dots in your Duke narrative may not connect right now, focus on making connections that lead you from one experience to the next.

Where I see myself after Duke

I plan on attending medical school and pursuing a career dedicated to eliminating health disparities in low-income communities through policy initiatives and philanthropic work.

How I like to spend my free time

I like reading American classics, swimming, and descriptive writing. I also love spending time with friends, learning any new sport, and learning new languages.

My favorite classes at Duke

  • Global Health 188FS: Patient Provider Communication
  • Public Policy 165: Introduction to the US Healthcare System
  • Writing 101: Antiheros
  • Chemistry 201: Organic Chemistry

Resources I love to use at Duke

  • Upperclassmen
  • Directors of Academic Engagement
  • Asking professors for lunch (doesn't have to be FLUNCH)
  • Undergraduate Research Support Office
  • DukeList
  • Career Center
  • GlobalEd Office

Co-curricular/engagement experiences

  • Duke Huang Fellows Program
  • FOCUS: Global Health Problems and Paradigms
  • Research in Eroglu lab
  • Bass Connections: Vaccine misinformation
  • Duke QuestBridge Chapter Vice President
  • Co-Founder of Duke Low-Income First Generation Engagement (Duke LIFE)
  • Winter Forum 2018: Crisis Near Fiery Cross Reef
  • Spring Breakthrough 2018: The Inner Work of Leadership
  • Duke Student Government
  • 1vyG Conference Ambassador