Alumni Profiles

Jemma Frost

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
High School: Ravenswood School for Girls

What drew you to the Robertson Program?

I was drawn to the Robertson Program, not because of the monetary value but the spirit of the program and its mission to support future leaders in making a contribution to the world. When I went to a presentation at UNSW in Australia, I knew then that all I ever wanted was to become a Robertson. The presentation of incredible experiences and the close-knit community of leaders seemed like the opportunity of a lifetime.

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

Being surrounded by scholars who are constantly pushing the boundaries of what I thought possible in terms of making change and achieving goals has pushed me to look for opportunities to get out of my comfort zone. It has increased my personal and career goals further than I would have before. I’m studying Biomedical Engineering with a focus in rehabilitation engineering and I am particularly interested in prosthetics and medical devices. I am constantly inspired by the innovation in this world and especially by creative solutions that benefit under-served populations.

What has been your favorite Robertson moment so far?

My favorite experience so far in the Robertson program was the 2020 Spring Break NOLS trip. Eight of us scholars and four NOLS instructors spent a week camping, hiking, cooking, and rappelling in the canyons of Utah. It was an amazing environment and group of people who were open to challenge themselves and enjoyed getting to know each other. I learned a lot about leadership and teamwork as well as had time to disconnect from the “real world” which was especially great as the COVID pandemic had just reached America.

Robertson Scholars, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at Duke UniversityÕs Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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