Alumni Profiles

Jacob Key

Campus: Duke
Hometown: West Jefferson, NC
High School: Ashe County High School

Since middle school, I have had a passion for engineering and the problem solving process. While some people prefer structure and a set path path to follow, I am excited by the limitless possibilities of innovation. It is an opportunity for me to combine imagination with education. This is perfect for me because I have always been a creative person. I love any type of artistic project, whether it be drawing for enjoyment or designing t-shirt logos for my school clubs. Within my school, I am involved with a wide variety of extracurricular activities. I have played tennis every year of high school, and I am a huge Science Olympiad nerd. Another one of my passions is pushing for necessary change in my school as well as in the community. This has lead to my continuous involvement in Student Council and working with my school’s administration to implement smart lunch at ACHS. Outside of school, I love to hike and kayak with my friends. In the future, I hope to combine my creativity and passion for problem solving to find biomedical engineering solutions for global health issues.

What drew you to the Robertson Program? 

When I first learned about the Robertson Program, I thought it was too good to be true. It is so much more than a typical college experience. One of my favorite aspects is the community. Growing up in a small rural town, I used to be worried about the transition into college. With the RSLP, I know that people will always have my back and be there to support me. Along with the sense of community, the program also provides unparalleled opportunities and experiences.

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