Catherine

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How I’ve made the most of my Duke experience

Duke is a place bountiful in resources and opportunities. Coming here, I've made it a mission of mind to expand my concept of possibility, experimenting with different organizations and taking topical classes that pique my interest. I've certainly made the most of my experience thus far by being open and vulnerable with other people. That is, I seek guidance from those around me, faculty, peers, and staff alike. Developing relationships across the institution has by far been the most formative aspect of my undergrad experience.

 

What I value

I value a spirit of honest curiosity. At Duke, it's wonderful to be surrounded by people passionate about what they do. Even more inspiring is seeing thoughtful work and research  that expands into deeper questions about building and bettering our own communities. Knowledge in the service of society is paramount to the aims of higher education and especially at Duke. I also value creativity and innovation in unexpected spaces.

Where I see myself after Duke

After Duke I can see myself doing any number of things. One thing I know for sure is that my education doesn't stop with undergrad. Whether my career whisks me to law school, more immersive experiences, or a grad/PhD program, my ultimate goal is to be a lifelong learner. I love stories and analyzing our shared experiences as humans. I hope to continue embracing these daily lessons and narratives throughout my life, perhaps interspersed between an assortment of career trajectories.

How I like to spend my free time

True and honest-to-goodness free time for me means tapping into my creativity. I enjoy composing music, sketching, and writing. I also like appreciating the creations of others, such as watching fils (psychological thrillers and rom-coms alike!), reading a good book, or visiting an art gallery.

My favorite classes at Duke

  • Political Science 172FS: Racial Attitudes and Racial Politics in the US
  • History 190FS: Religious Freedom in America
  • Cultural Anthropolgy 261: Race, Genomics and Society

Resources I love to use at Duke

  • Academic Resource Center
  • Faculty office hours
  • Uppeclassmen
  • FLUNCH
  • Faculty in Residence (FIRs)
  • Wellness Center
  • My advising network

Co-curricular/engagement experiences

  • Duke Student Government
  • The Chroicle
  • Swing Dance
  • Student Director for Muser
  • Bass Connections
  • Piano studio
  • FOCUS Program Mentor (American Experience)
  • DukeEngage Boston