Alumni Profiles

Henry Barklam

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Shelborne, United Kingdom
High School: Eton College

What drew you to the Robertson Program?

I was attracted to the Robertson Program for a number of reasons. Chief among those was the development of deep interpersonal connections with similarly minded scholars, a resource I consider invaluable. The Robertson community is second to none, and one that has brought out the best in me, encouraging me to push myself in areas previously unexplored. The values of the Robertson also closely align with my own personal ethos, and this has allowed to further understand myself and changed my perspective within a framework of ideas I hold close to my own heart.

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

I originally intended to Major in Economics (with a focus on Behavioural Economics) having partaken in research with a professor in the same domain. Since arriving, conversations and experiences with some of my closest scholar friends have altered my academic path into one of Computer Science and Mathematics, something I couldn’t have imagined two years ago upon leaving high school. The Robertson allowed me to reevaluate some of my previously held beliefs and create new goals which I am truly passionate about.

What has been your favorite Robertson moment so far?

One of my favourite Robertson moments has got to be on our first retreat together, when we were put into bake-off teams. Our team won, obviously, but it was the bonding experience along the way as an entire group that made the experience so worthwhile. It was the moment I realized I was with a truly fun and worthwhile group of people, a sentiment that still holds today.


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