Hi all! My name is Isabel Clayter but everyone calls me Izzy. Firstly, i'll start off by expressing my gratitude for the Baldwin Scholars Program and say how utterly thrilled I am to be part of a network of such strong and intelligent women whom I look forward to spending time with at Duke.
Where to start? I grew up in a small beach town just outside of San Francisco. As much as I enjoy my small town roots (i find comfort in knowing cashiers at the grocery store), being far away from home has allowed me to expand my comfort zone and make Duke a home away from home. With that said, building community is one of the most important things in my life. For the past three summers I have worked at a summer camp in the northern california Redwood Forest where I spent a total of 24 weeks living in community and chaos with rambunctious, fun, and crazy kids. These experiences have shaped my identity as a "summer camp kid", meaning I love singing, dancing, hiking, yoga, making new friends, and anything else requiring laughter, enthusiasm and outrageousness. Experiencing the great outdoors has largely shaped my perspective that life is a gift, as is the present moment.
I have a constant thirst for knowledge and understanding of the way things work. Although I have yet to declare a major, I am hopeful that my vast range of interests will guide me. I find uncertainty energizing and exiciting in my academic sojourn, although I am very certain that my future major will indeed reflect a passion of mine!