How I’ve made the most of my Duke experience
As cliched as it may sound, keeping an open mind has been essential for me. I came into Duke pretty sure of what I wanted to study, and I had a general idea of the kinds of things I wanted to get involved in. I quickly realized how subject to change this was when I dropped out of a math class first semester during drop/add and enrolled in Cultural Anthropology 101 on a whim. Even since, I've found myself parsing through various subjects in the course catalog every bookbagging season to find interesting classes, some of which end up being completely unrelated to my major. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking a more exploratory approach, especially during my first few semesters.
In addition, when navigating resources and opportunities on campus, I have made sure to stay true to myself and my interests. Being at Duke has made me realize how important it is to learn how to advocate for yourself and put yourself in uncomforable situations in order to get what you want. At the same time, I learned that sometimes it's okay to walk way from things that you no longer enjoy or that aren't fulfilling.
What I value
Time spend with family and friends, authenticity, compassion, and engagement in all aspects of my life, whether it bein my community, academic pursuits or personal relationships.
Where I see myself after Duke
I plan on pursing an MD to work as a practicing physician, while also conducting research in global health, and teaching.
How I like to spend my free time
When I'm not in Perkins, I enjoy spending time with friends, trying new foods on campus and new restaurants in Durham, reading anything from NY Times Opinion articles to short stories, and staying active in whatever way I can.
My favorite classes at Duke
- Cultural Anthropology 101
- Soc 361: US Health Disparities
- Chem 202: Organic Chemistry
- Bio 180: Global Diseases
Resources I love to use at Duke
- Office hours
- Writing Studio
- Prehealth advising
- College advisor
- Global Health Fieldwork Research in Guatemala (Student Research Training Program)
- Enabling Precision Medicine Bass Connections
- Global Health FOCUS cluster
- GANO (student run ESL program for Latinx community)
- Chemistry peer tutor
- Duke Science Review
- Duke in Oxford
- Duke Tour Guide