Alumni Profiles

Sarah Zimmerman

Campus: Duke
Hometown: St. Charles, MO
High School: Francis Howell North High School

What drew you to the Robertson Program?

Just as connection and care between individuals drives who I have become, the community within the Robertson Scholars Program is what drew me in. Unlike many scholars’ programs, the Robertson Scholars is about much more than academic achievement. The program invests within each individual for their lifetime. While the program does bridge two complementary universities together to provide an unparalleled world-class education, it also creates a community of ambitious students who all are committed to being catalysts for change. It is this golden opportunity to build lifelong friendships with other dynamic thinkers in a collaborative, growth-oriented environment that made the decision to join the Robertson Program unthinkable to pass.

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

Beyond providing incredible opportunities to grow and expand my leadership, communication, and critical thinking abilities, Robertson has also connected me with an invaluable network of inspiring alumni and peers who challenge and inspire me every day. These Robertsons have already helped me intertwine interests and abilities to open doors and make dreams realities by linking courses, internships, people, and other opportunities into a tangible future path. It’s these same people that have helped me find how to make a positive and meaningful impact on those around me now. I truly feel like the luckiest person alive.

What has been your favorite Robertson moment so far?

Though it’s nearly impossible to select a single favorite Robertson moment, I can say that collectively my favorite moments have been the small unofficial Robertson moments. While the thought-provoking dinners, perspective-changing colloquium classes, and exciting NOLS adventures were amazing, there is something very special about the one-on-one conversations after class, the 2am meaning of life and how to change the world discussion, and the idea-challenging and future planning over brunches. Further, the less conversation-focused, ice cream outings, windows down drives, acapella performance cheering, or even dance lessons make up an array of unofficial Robertson moments that have made my college experience unforgettable.

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