Hello! My name is Michaela Dwyer. To reaffirm the common sentiment, I am very excited to have been selected as a Class of 2013 Baldwin Scholar.
I affectionately call North Carolina home. The region continues to astound me with its incredible cultural opportunities (what other city can boast the American Dance Festival?) and as I’ve grown older I’ve come to more fully appreciate all that this portion of the Old North State has to offer. I feel privileged to spend another four years in a city adjacent to my home base with which I’ve grown up (read: five-year-old me, adorned in flowered leggings, scampering beneath the magnolias in the Duke Gardens) yet about which I hardly know enough.
In high school, two of my female compatriots and I founded a book club with an admired English teacher. To honor the literary sisters from across the pond, we called ourselves the Brontë Book Club and over the four years met regularly, discussing works by authors ranging from Jean Rhys to Flannery O’Connor to Jane Austen to Toni Morrison. We came to express the same opinion regarding our little club: the small-group atmosphere, coupled with the strictly female base, was an ideal intellectual experience. When I applied to Baldwin I had this particular scenario in mind, and I hope to expand the principles of the Brontë Book Club in the more large-scale coeducational Duke culture.
In terms of my academic concentration(s) here at Duke-- my involvement in the Book Club signals my lifelong interest in the humanities; my longtime extracurricular participation in dance has made me an unfailing proponent of the arts (I'm the 2011-2012 Arts editor for Recess, the arts and entertainment section of The Chronicle). Just about everything fascinates me in some way. I am majoring in English, and pursuing a minor in Art History. I am also very interested in Documentary Studies and, though I'm not completing the certificate, find everything the CDS offers unique and invigorating.
Some other things about me: I love live music, dry humor, Ikea, snow days, dark chocolate, dance pieces that suggest subtle and nuanced social commentary, and the film Once.
Please feel free to email me with any and all questions/ideas/ruminations: firstname.lastname@example.org