Dux femina facti -Virgil
Coming to Duke was very much a last minute decision for me. As a New York City native coming from a very small school (33 people in my graduating class!), I was, at the start of the college process, quite intent on going to school in the New England area. Duke was the farthest away I applied from home, and I didn’t think I would eventually end up there. I initially had reservations about applying but I couldn’t deny that there was something about the spirit and sense of pride with which the Dukies I’d met talked about their experiences that was intriguing and reassuring. A year later, I can confidently say that I made, by far, the right decision.
My high school experience was one of the main reasons I wanted to become a Baldwin scholar. Quite atypical from the normal high school experience, I spent six years at a small all-girl school. I began those six years as a quiet, shy young woman, and emerged with a voice all my own. In a setting that small, there was nowhere to hide, and my opinion counted. Even more importantly, I was able to grow and evolve while being surrounded by strong female figures that I could look up to and emulate. Upon arriving at Duke, I realized that that was the one thing I sorely missed: a community of engaged, aware, empowered women who supported each other and who strived to continue their own personal growth. I am happy to say I have found all this and more within the Baldwin community. I am beyond thrilled to be apart of this community of scholars, and am excited for the time I will get to share with each and every one of them.