Alumni Profiles

Ben Rees

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Los Alamos, NM
High School: Los Alamos High School

What drew you to the Robertson Program?

Having the opportunity to explore my interests and gain unique experiences was one of the most important factors in deciding where I went to college. Not having to worry about the financial aspect of attending college and having funding to explore my interests over the summer without constraining myself to paid internships was one of the biggest draws of the Robertson Program. Beyond just the financial aspects, I was attracted to being able to attend both UNC and Duke and take advantage of the different academic resources that came with the two schools.

What has been your favorite Robertson moment so far?

My spring breaks have been my favorite Robertson moments. My freshman year, I went on the NOLS spring break trip to Utah, and my sophomore year spring break, I received a LEAD Grant to attend a conference in Havana, Cuba with two other scholars. Having the opportunity to spend a fully funded week backpacking in one of the most beautiful parts of the US and traveling around Western Cuba have been one of the best experiences I’ve had in college.

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