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Liza Becker

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Elkins Park, PA
High School: Cheltenham High School

Academic Interests:Intended Major: Program II- “Women’s Health: Obstacles to Healthcare Delivery” (coursework in global health, gender studies, sociology, biology, cultural anthropology, public policy, Spanish, and geography); interested generally in public health, Spanish language and culture, environmental justice, women’s rights, and sexual and reproductive health

Extracurriculars / Hobbies:club basketball, research in global health, research in public policy, RCC Community Service Committee, member of Cooper House

What drew you to the Robertson Program? I was drawn to the Robertson Program by its immense offering of academic and leadership-training opportunities. I love the idea of collaboration between two excellent universities to maximize scholar resources and the exposure to contrasting cultures with which this collaboration provides us. The privilege of being surrounded by such an inspiring group of individuals while also being empowered with the resources to pursue intellectual and personal challenges is a truly unmatchable gift!

How has your experience with the Robertson Program shaped your goals and career path?My existence within the Robertson Program has been a consistent reminder to work and think creatively to use the particular resources at my disposal to create social change. Support from staff, whether that be affirmation or push-back on ideas, has pushed me to think more carefully and ambitiously about my personal goals. By being encouraged to enter embrace instability, I’ve gained confidence in my endurance and strength in unfamiliar or challenging situations, which will inevitably help me accomplish my career and personal goals down the road.

Favorite Robertson moment: I have a few favorite Robertson moments! The first is Meghana smashing cupcake icing on my face during the first year etiquette dinner- an appropriate breaking of the etiquette rules to celebrate my birthday. The second has to be the entirety of the NOLS spring break trip, especially when we all rappelled down into the canyon and into a freezing pool of water. The third is pulling tires out of a forest for many hours with all the other first-years during Josie’s Day of Service!

 

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