Michael

Michael

How I’ve made the most of my Duke experience

One of the key characteristics of Duke that captivated my interest as a prospective student was the immense amount of resources available to students. During my years as an undergraduate student, I’ve made sure to take advantage of the resources that drew me to this university. To name a few examples, I have met with a multitude of advisors ranging in expertise, participated in summer programs only available to Duke students, and connected with faculty members over lunch funded through the Office of Undergraduate Education. The academics at Duke have generated its elite reputation, but the resources available to students are what distinguishes Duke to be truly unique.

What I value

They say curiosity killed the cat, but I believe curiosity is the most important characteristic in order to succeed in life. Without curiosity, everything is stagnant. For progress to be made, questioning needs to occur either internally or externally. Curiosity has allowed me to learn more about myself which has resulted in the best version of myself: who I am today.

Where I see myself after Duke

After I graduate, I plan to take a gap year or two to continuing indulging in curiosity. I hope to experience a different culture or develop new life skills and attend medical school afterwards.

How I like to spend my free time

In my spare time, I love exploring what the local community has to offer. From family-owned restaurants to dilapidated strip malls, you can find me out and about whenever I get the chance!

My favorite classes at Duke

  • Biology 180FS: Global Diseases
  • Spanish 327S: Fictions of the Body

Resources I love to use at Duke

  • FLUNCH (take advantage of free lunch!)
  • Academic Advisor
  • Academic Resource Center
  • Innovation Co-Lab (really cool 3D printing and laser cutting)

Co-curricular/engagement experiences

  • David M. Rubinstein Scholar
  • Sustainable Duke Intern
  • FOCUS: Global Health — Problems and Paradigms
  • Biological Science Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • Study Abroad (Australia)