Just do it and go after what you want — worry about details later. Growing up, I was uptight and an intense planner. I have learned that things work out in the end though I don’t always see how it does.
How do you stay inspired? Do you have any favorite books, podcasts, artists, etc. that you’d recommend?
I’m not a big podcast person, but I listen to anything music wise. When I think of the subject line for the blast, my inspiration depends on the blast’s content. Sometimes I will do weather themed (currently waiting for a snow day). I try to do a play-off of DSG whenever they take a shot at DUU, but I try to be funny and screen for insensitivities). If the weather is nice and shining, sometimes music is nice!
I don’t know, I’ve been taking 2021 day-by-day. The last time I thought I had my life planned out was 2020. When I was visiting my uncle in Colorado, I was like I’m going to travel and do all these things for the next 6 months. Now, I’m not going to be overly ambitious and plan.
COVID. Sophomore year, especially sophomore fall, I was getting my stride. As a first-gen low income student, I was struggling with finding community. It was hard to find my niche freshman year and what I’m passionate about. Sophomore year, I figured out the pacing of when to apply for study-aways, Duke Engage, recommenders, etc. By sophomore fall, I was like I’m going to do this — Duke in Spain, Marine Lab Summer II. My best friend was going to be in Paris while I was in Spain. End of February was supposed to be in China for DukeImmerse. I went on a different trip, but China was cancelled. School closed, and it’s fine. I had a very naive outlook on that I will still have April and summer. Everything got cancelled, fall looked uncertain, and I was just going to be home for summer. I realized that I need to go for things that I’m scared of, even if I don’t have all the knowledge. I don’t put things off and need to live in the now. My freshman year mindset was that there will always be another event or another chance. COVID showed me that there won’t always be this.
Are you involved with other clubs or organizations on or off-campus? What do you like to do in your free time?
On campus, I am involved with Hoof & Horn. I am the Spring Virtual Musical Producer for Dream Girls. I am also in the Penny Pilgrim George Women’s Leadership Initiative Cohort, Duke & Duchesses, and Community Empowerment Fund.
Not really, DUU is just that fun thing I do to remind myself that I’m still a college student. Pre-med is not very encompassing for me so I need DUU; they’re separate but they’re things that I love. I don’t want pre-med to be all there is to my identity and DUU keeps me grounded. I met my best friend here and currently live with her. DUU’s community is what keeps me coming back though not aligned with inequities.
I am a Sociology major, though by the time this is published, I might be an IDM with Public Policy and Sociology if I can find an advisor. I am interested in public policy and public health. In particular, equity with minorities, immigrant populations, social inequities, and a structure for change in how we can combat these for a more equitable society. I am doing pre-med reqs and am planning on applying to med school, but we will see how that goes.
I really like sending out the blast. I have a lot of leeway with the title and format. I always hope that people will understand the joke, and they’ll laugh at the subject line. For Duke@Nite anime trivia, I needed an anime themed subject line. and I wanted a subject line that people would know that the person writing this watches anime and understands. I hope at least someone will get it! I also really liked how DUU trivia went (> 500) old advisors and alumni playing.
On Exec, I am currently VPA. I receive events from the committee chairs to curate the blast. Then, I send out the weekly blast to the student body. I host General Body Meetings that consist of Instagram Takeovers, Among Us, Trivia, and a What DUU Can Do For You Alumni Panel.
I was a FIP my first year, (DLC: Duke Leadership Cohort! The only ones!). Then, I was on the Duke@Nite committee when Frank Thomas was chair. I stayed on Duke@Nite my sophomore year, then applied for exec junior year