I would say that three main qualities distinguish me as the best candidate for Young Trustee.
1. EXPERIENCE. With two years of experience on the Board of Trustees, two years serving on the highest level of DSG as VP for Academic Affairs, experience serving on over fifteen strategic university committees, and a summer spent working for Steve Nowicki, I have the most experience on the Board and the most experience advocating for students of all candidates.
2. BREADTH. Within the classroom, I have explored Duke’s liberal arts curriculum while taking graduate courses in five departments, becoming fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and writing theses in math and English. Outside of the classroom, I am a line monitor and Cameron Crazie, a member of the FAC Board, a research assistant, lab TA, and volunteer at Duke Hospital.
3. A DESIRE TO SERVE. I would say that my warmest Duke memories are also the simplest. A late night of soccer on the Central turf; a tough first half followed by a comeback win in Cameron against UNC; welcoming first years and carrying their things up the cramped Giles stairs. Through reflecting on these memories and learning about those of the people I’ve met along the way, I have developed a desire to render each corner of Duke a better place.
In sum, I would say that I’ve built my love for Duke from the ground up—through thinking of ways to help first years adjust to life at Duke, through sleeping in K-Ville, through living and breathing as an everyday Duke student. But I’ve also had the opportunity to see my everyday experiences from a strategic standpoint, to understand how students, faculty, administrators, and Board members think through the complex network of community that is Duke. Along the way, I believe that I’ve formed values that are now compelling me to give back. I love Duke, I understand Duke, I have experience serving on the Board, and I want to use these qualities to make Duke a better place.