Connor

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How I’ve made the most of my Duke experience

At Duke so far, I've gotten involved in research as a data collection assistant in a senior's project in Duke's Interdisciplinary Behavioral Research Center. Additionally, I work in a lab within the Department of Psychiatry, where we investigate how mobile technology can be used to help improve mental health outcomes in veterans and service members. During my first year, I participated in the Genetics and Genomics FOCUS cluster, taking courses discussing both genetic research and ethical guidelines associated with this research. Participating in FOCUS has allowed me to network with meaningful faculty within a variety of departments at Duke.

 

What I value

I value honestly, open communication, and ambition. To be successful in any career field, you must exemplify these traits. No matter what background you come from or what you hope to achieve, you have the opportunity to work on finding your passion and ambition at Duke and to develop these key skills.

Where I see myself after Duke

I hope to be starting medical school after Duke, as the next step to reaching my aspiration of becoming a psychiatrist.

How I like to spend my free time

Outside of my academic interests, I really enjoy listening to music and watching film. I find artistic expression extremely fascinating, as there is certainly psychological meaning to a piece of art. I also really enjoy doing Yoga and practicing other self-care rituals, like making some tea or doing a facemask. At home, I work as a barista, which makes coffee a vital part of my life.

My favorite classes at Duke

  • GSF 202S: LGBTQ Studies
  • MGM 120FS: Ethics of Genome Research
  • MGM 222FS: Gentics and Epigenetics

Resources I love to use at Duke

  • TWP Writing Center
  • Student Wellness Center
  • Duke Libraries
  • ARC Peer Tutoring

Co-curricular/engagement experiences

  • Duke HAND
  • Hearts for Homeless Durham
  • Peer advocacy for Sexual Health
  • FOCUS Program mentor
  • Crisis Text Line Counselor