First Years

Jessica Blumenthal

Campus: UNC Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand / Portsmouth, NH High School: Phillips Academy What drew you to the Robertson Program? What drew me most to the Robertson Program were all of the opportunities that the program provides beyond school. The Robertson Program has a great support network for summer opportunities, academic conferences, networking with professors. The…

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Johnathan Brown

Campus: UNC Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina What drew you to the Robertson Program?  From the moment I found out about the Robertson, I knew that it was a program I had to experience. With the sheer scope of the resources and opportunities available to scholars, our potentials are limitless. The Robertson is truly committed to both individual…

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Julia Davis

Campus: Duke Hometown: Newton, Massachusetts What drew you to the Robertson Program? I am drawn to the Robertson Scholars Program because I am excited about collaborating with other scholars who value innovation and leadership. My goal is not only to be challenged to lead and think in distinctive ways, but also to meaningfully contribute to my peers’…

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Karen Gonzalez-Palomo

Campus: UNC Hometown: Durham, NC What drew you to the Robertson Program?  As a first-generation student, I was drawn to the Robertson program because I wanted to make the most out of my time in college. The program would not only allow me to take advantage of resources at two universities, it would also guide me through…

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Kenza Slaoui

Campus: UNC Hometown: Fez, Morocco High School: African Leadership Academy What drew you to the Robertson Program? I am a person who is always looking for new challenges to embrace and who believes that discomfort is a great source of learning. I am also fascinated by identities and how complex and multifaceted they are. I…

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Lydia Rowen

Campus: UNC Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado What drew you to the Robertson Program?  The Robertson Program radiates intellectual, creative, and compassionate energy and I so wanted to be a part of that environment. To be surrounded by peers and mentors who inspire me in a supportive environment is just dreamy.

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Mackenzie Warren

Campus: Duke Hometown: Houston, Texas What drew you to the Robertson Program? The reason I was drawn to the Robertson Scholars Program was because I wanted the opportunity to enhance my leadership skills by way of interacting and collaborating with other young leaders who are channeling their passions to make a meaningful difference in the world. I…

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Mark Kabai

Campus: Duke Hometown: Brooklyn, New York What drew you to the Robertson Program?  What really drew me to the Robertson was the community. I’ve always been a big believer in working on things in teams, and having the opportunity where I could engage with some of the world’s most pertinent issues with peers was the biggest draw…

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Sam Rappaport

Campus: UNC Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina What do you hope to gain from your Robertson experience? I hope to use my experiences through the Robertson to create a more diverse, inclusive community. With so many opportunities for cultural learning and growth, I feel these lessons can be applied to transform not only myself, but my community…

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Simone McFarlane

Campus: UNC Hometown: Concord, North Carolina What drew you to the Robertson Program?  The emphasis on community, collaboration, and introspection drew me to this program. I knew that by joining the Robertson’s expansive network, I would be surrounded by a diverse group of people who would challenge and motivate me to be a better citizen.


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Marcus Deans

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Windsor, Canada
High School: Académie Sainte Cécile International School

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Amelia Paulsen

Campus: UNC
Hometown: McLean, VA
High School: Sidwell Friends School

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Sanjana Jha

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Frederick, MD
High School: Governor Thomas Johnson High School

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Simone Nabors

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Wake Forest, NC
High School: Wake Forest High School

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Nicolas Pardo

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
High School: Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences

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Max Golovsky

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Norfolk, VA
High School: Norfolk Collegiate School

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Garrett Geidel

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Camden, DE
High School: Caesar Rodney High School

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Adejuwon Ojebuoboh

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Jacksonville, NC
High School: Jacksonville High School

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Mikhal Ben-Joseph

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Cooper City, FL
High School: American Heritage School

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Sarah Zimmerman

Campus: Duke
Hometown: St. Charles, MO
High School: Francis Howell North High School


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Weston Lindner

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Liberty Township, OH
High School: Lakota East High School

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Ben Rees

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Liberty Township, OH
High School: Lakota East High School

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Olivia Olsher

Campus: Duke
Hometown: London, England
High School: St Paul’s Girls’ School

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Sam Zahn

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Allentown, PA
High School: Parkland High School

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Montana Lee

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Washington, DC
High School: School Without Walls

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Joel Kim

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
High School: North Hollywood High School

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Jemma Frost

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
High School: Ravenswood School for Girls

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Anshu Mohan

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Aurora, CO
High School: Smoky Hill High School

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Brady Hanshaw

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Charleston, WV
High School: Sissonville High School

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Lilly Clark

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
High School: University High School


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Liza Becker

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Elkins Park, PA
High School: Cheltenham High School

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Zoe King

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
High School: Roseville College

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Michelle Nandi

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
High School: African Leadership Academy

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Warner Lamar

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Nashville, TN
High School: Montgomery Bell Academy

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Michael Muller

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Portland, OR
High School: Westview High School

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Patrick Clinch

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Dunwoody, GA
High School: Dunwoody High School

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Mary Ashley Murrah

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Memphis, TN
High School: St. Mary’s Episcopal School

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Adam Enggasser

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Greenville, NC
High School: Greenville High School 

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Rahi Patel

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Waxhaw, NC
High School: Marvin Ridge High School

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Antonia Young

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
High School: St. Cuthbert’s College