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Andrea Lewis


Andrea Lewis

 

I will tell you the beginning; and if it pleases you, you may see the end, for the best is yet to do. – William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Hi, I’m Andrea! I’m from Hendersonville, Tennessee, just northeast of Nashville, and I’ve lived there my whole life. I have four siblings: one older brother and two older sisters who are all grown up and on their own, and one younger sister. Back at home, my mom and dad are finally rid of all of us! My “little” sister is now a college sophomore and I couldn’t be more proud.

I suppose I’ll talk a little bit about myself. I love to read more than anything else in the whole wide world. I have a deep and powerful addiction to peanut butter and crunchy granola bars. I have pairs of Converse in eight different colors. I think in Spanglish. I like taking pictures and capturing moments. This crazy, unpredictable North Carolina weather drives me nuts! But the warm, rainy days are the best because I can slip on my rain boots and stomp through every single puddle I see on the way to class.

I’m in my senior year here at Duke, finishing my double major in international comparative studies and English and preparing for graduation. Outside of the classroom, there is still much during my time at Duke that I would like to accomplish. I have learned the necessity of focusing my interests, so that I can dedicate my time to a select few activities and causes.

This year, I’m continuing my involvement in an organization that I’m very passionate about. To Write Love on Her Arms is an organization dedicated to forming a community of openness, honesty, and acceptance in dealing with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. As a university chapter, we are committing to breaking the silence surrounding mental health issues by advancing the idea that struggle does not equal weakness. Hope is real, help is real, and everyone has a story worth sharing.

In years past, I participated in Alternative Spring Break, Leadership Roundtable, CRR, United in Praise gospel choir, and the Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship Focus cluster. I am a Duke Chapel Scholar and, of course, a proud Baldwin scholar. I feel so fortunate to be included in this incredible group of confident, influential women on campus. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for each of us.

If you have any questions about me, my many activities, or the Baldwin program, or if you want to recommend a good book, send me an email at andrea.l.lewis@duke.edu.