Hometown: Hickory, NC
High School: Challenger Early College High School
What drew you to the Robertson Program?
Having lived in the same town surrounded by family and friends for my whole life, the thought of moving off to college was exciting yet somewhat frightening. As I started learning more about the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program, I discovered a diverse community of like-minded, goal-driven, and compassionate individuals that I knew would become my family. Knowing that on top of that, I would be involved in a program that embodies my values and offers countless academic, personal, and social development opportunities in conjunction with Duke and UNC, brought and has continued to bring much peace to this new stage of my life.
How has your experience with the Robertson shaped your goals and career path?
Although my career related goals have largely remained the same since becoming a Robertson Scholar, engaging with my fellow scholars and various Robertson programming have taught me that the most important thing in life is people. When I walk into the Robertson Office or am surrounded by Robertson Scholars and Staff, I feel at home. Not only am I loved and supported by these individuals, but I am inspired to think deeper, work harder, and dream bigger. As I work toward becoming a Pediatrician, I will continue to strive for these goals while remaining people-focused and meaningfully impacting the world around me.
What has been your favorite Robertson moment so far?
When you love the Robertson community as much as each of us do, it’s hard to decide upon any one thing that is your favorite. However, if I have to pick just one moment, it would be the night at NOLS where my entire class laid out on the tennis court and looked up at the stars for hours on end. Although we had only met a couple days earlier, it was then that I remember feeling united as a community and prepared to face the highs and lows of the four years to follow.