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Mia Wise


Mia Wise

        My life as a Blue Devil began as soon as I was born. Being the daughter of two Duke graduates, I have been “bleeding blue” my whole life. My parents encouraged an obsession with Duke by baptizing me in the Duke Chapel, signing me up for the Junior Blue Devil Club, and letting me stay up late to watch Duke – UNC games.
        I grew up in Columbus, Ohio alongside my two younger brothers, Hart and Grayson, in a very athletically driven household. As a kid, I tried every sport imaginable but called myself a figure skater, first. After 10 years of living at the ice rink, I fell in love with warmer and cheaper sports: field hockey and lacrosse. Beyond the fields, I found myself involved in many other activities including Service Board, Student Council, and China Club, and ultimately discovered my passion for community service.
       At Duke, I am taking a variety of classes in attempt to find my academic passion. Frankly, I want to make an impact in the medical world, which has led me to take an interest in medicine and global health policy. My hero is Paul Farmer and I would love to work for Partners in Health or The Gates Foundation or maybe even start my own NGO. I am especially interested in working with China due to my study of the language, my involvement with the China Care Organization, and an inspiring trip to the country during high school. Beyond academics, I am a member of Duke’s varsity Field Hockey team, the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and Duke Student Government.
        I love country music, any TV show that gets me laughing (The Office, Modern Family, etc.), sarcasm, Sushi, and all sports. My favorite places in the world are our family’s islands on lakes in Canada, complete with log cabins, no electricity, and no phone or Internet connection. I am a firm believer that golden retrievers are the best pets, particularly mine, Gatsby and Bailey. I am lucky enough to have great friends in Columbus and Durham. Above all, I love my family the most, though we drive each other crazy sometimes.
       I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the Baldwin Program. Even though it’s only been a few months, I have already made some amazing friendships with unique, talented, inspiring, and strong women. I can’t wait to see what the next three years will bring, though I don’t want these college years to go by too quickly…
       Shoot me an email at mia.wise@duke.edu if you have any questions or just want to chat! GO DUKE!!!!!