Hometown: Greenville, NC
High School: Greenville High School
What drew you to the Robertson Program?
The combination of two excellent schools, funded summer opportunities, and leadership development programming made the Robertson Program very appealing to me. Coming into college, I knew that the backing the Program provided would give me a solid foundation to launch off of during my time in undergrad, setting me up well for life post-grad. It’s very hard to beat the resources available at two schools – almost no other program has this! Combining the course offerings, research labs, and faculty at two top-tier schools greatly helps provide Robertsons with the help and support they need.
How has your experience with the Robertson shaped your goals and career path?
The Robertson Program has given me the opportunity to explore my interests in global and local medicine, especially over the summers. I have had an opportunity to work in unpaid public health positions around the world because of the Program, giving me a unique perspective that has fostered my desire to go into healthcare. Armed with this background, I plan to start medical school after graduation with a unique skillset and public health perspective.
What has been your favorite Robertson moment so far?
My favorite Robertson moment was from a NOLS backpacking trip the Program sends scholars on! While we were hiking through canyons, there was one place that we could not easily climb down the sides of the canyon nor easily anchor a rope to repel down… the only option was to make a “human anchor.” This involved sitting on the floor of the canyon with several scholars holding a rope while others repelled down, creating a new level of trust between us when our lives were literally in each other’s hands! Don’t worry, though, this trip is optional if this doesn’t sound appealing.