Scholar Profiles

Brandon Wacaser

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Morrisville, NC
High School: Raleigh Charter High School
Academic Interests: Business Administration (Major), Pre-Med Track

Extracurriculars/Hobbies: Lay Patient Navigator for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Research Assistant, Medical Intern (Hospital San Isidro, Buenos Aires Argentina), Wish Coordinator for the Fill Your Bucket List Cancer Foundation, Tennis, Lacrosse, Sailing, and Traveling

Background:  I was born in Hermosa Beach, CA and have lived in four states (four different time zones), but consider North Carolina my home.  Coming from a very active family, my childhood weekends were spent outdoors when at all possible—hiking , sailing, snowboarding etc.. all alongside my parents and younger brother Ethan. Having traveled abroad in high school, I decided to defer my first year at UNC to take a purposeful gap year abroad in Spain, Chile, and Argentina.  With this amazing opportunity to walk the Camino de Santiago Trail, as well as immerse myself in the Spanish language and culture, I was able to improve my fluency and  gain an even stronger appreciation for the culture.  Subsequently, I spent a semester serving patients as an intern at a public hospital in Buenos Aires.  It was there that I solidified my interest in medicine.  With a healthcare consultant mother and a business exec. father, I am currently majoring in business and minoring in chemistry. Ultimately, I look forward to blending my passions for medicine, business, and making a global impact by building a successful career as a healthcare professional.

What drew you to the Robertson Program? The Robertson Program is so incredibly unique and has always stood out to me because of its focus not just on leadership and academics, but the importance of utilizing developing skills and abilities globally.

I was raised with that perspective, so I took it upon myself to learn to speak Spanish, as well as volunteer abroad throughout high school.  With the life-changing opportunities to travel with a purpose— a cornerstone of the Robertson mission— I am so honored to be able to make some impact on campus, in the US, as well as overseas.  Moreover, the opportunity to experience my academic career as a blended Duke/UNC student is absolutely the pinnacle from an education perspective.

Wacaser Brandon 2021