Class of 2022

Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia

Major: Biology

Minor: Environmental Studies and Policy

Hobbies: I enjoy rock climbing, watercolor painting, listening to music (primarily hip-hop, R&B, and indie), and cooking.

What has been your favorite part of Duke?  

My favorite part about my time at Duke has been my participation on the Bass Connections team called Bioremediation of Plastic Pollution. I have gained significant experience in-lab and online researching the ways in which plastic and plastic additives can be harmful to human health. The research is a perfect combination of my interests, and it has been a wonderful, transformative experience. Also, I am a SAGE peer facilitator for biochemistry, which is a type of tutor and mentor through the Academic Resource Center. I absolutely love teaching biochemistry to small groups of students and leading them through successful semesters. Before the pandemic, I was actively involved in other tutoring for middle school students in the Durham area, but unfortunately that has not continued. Lastly, I have been a part of the Special Olympics Health Alliance since my first year, and I have had many rewarding experiences connecting with the Special Olympics community in Durham. Regarding my accomplishments at Duke so far, I have become a Marine Medicine Scholar, I am working on multiple peer-reviewed papers through my lab, and I was recently invited to join Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society. Other than that, I have made long-lasting friendships through my time at Duke, and I am forever grateful for the connections I have made. I believe the human connections I have at Duke are some of the most significant and exciting aspects of my time at the University.