Scholar Profiles

Henry Barklam

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

I’ve always been fascinated by the way people make decisions. Originally, I was taken in by Behavioural Economics, and its focus on the inherent irrationality we are predisposed to. I intend to pursue this further in my undergraduate studies, delving deeper into human cognition. I’m also keen to understand the intersectionality of academic disciplines, visualising how we can take innovative principles used in one field to better understand another – the real world isn’t clear cut into categories. I believe great leaders incorporate ideas and concepts from a broad spectrum of arenas, to achieve the best outcome for everyone.

What drew you to the Robertson Program?

The Robertson program is unique in so many ways. The vast resource backing allows for a pursuit of individual passions unmatched by any other program. I’d say that having the freedom to follow your instinct ad infinitum without the usual constraints is crucial, as it largely mitigates fear of failure, a common stymie to adventurous ideas. This, coupled with a class of like-minded individuals who want to make a significant contribution to society means that you’ll be intellectually challenged every step of the way

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