Alumni Profiles

Allayne Thomas

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
High School: William G. Enloe High School

What drew you to the Robertson Program?

I was drawn to the Robertson Program not only for the chance to learn at two phenomenal institutions, but the experience and development I would gain as a person working alongside passionate peers. Also, since both my sisters are UNC alum, it helped not having to pick the better blue, but instead get the best of both worlds.

How has your experience with the Robertson shaped your goals and career path?

This community has consistently pushed me beyond what I believe I am capable of. Through those that support, challenge, and uplift me, I have grown, and continue to grow, into a more conscious, thoughtful person that will work towards a more just and equitable society. As a pre-law scholar, I am interested in international law, human rights, migrant and women issues, education, and poetry. Over the course of my time at Duke I have been involved in mentoring and tutoring minors who are forced migrants, interning at an arts-centered non-profit in the Delta, working at the Department in Justice & Equality’s Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in Dublin, competing at CUPSI, the national collegiate poetry slam invitational, and more. Each experience and opportunity deepened my passion for this work, and allowed me to understand and envision all the paths I can take to bring about the change I wish to see in the world.

What has been your favorite Robertson moment so far?

I am fortunate to be in a program that has given me so much over the years. From the late-night conversations that forced me to think about my place in the world and more during Community summer to the laughs we shared, it is impossible for me to pick a singular moment where I have felt distinctly proud to be within this community. Rather, each moment reminds me that as a Robertson scholar, the chance to leave behind my own legacy of compassion, curiosity, and creativity to my peers and others is irreplaceable.



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