Duke University | Baldwin Scholars Program

Zarah Udwadia

The rambunctious city of Mumbai where I was born and raised shaped my understanding of resilience and adaptability, my appreciation of differences, and my hatred for routineness. But it is Mumbai’s stark socio-economic inequities that drive me, and have sparked my desire for social change and interest in community driven development. I am double majoring in Global Health and Visual & Media Studies- the two seem unrelated, but I am in pursuit of ways to combine them.

I was initially drawn to the Baldwin Scholars program because of my experiences attending an all-girls school for twelve years, starting from when I was 4 years old. I did not realise how much I benefitted from the community and environment that my school created till I moved to a larger co-ed school in my last two years of high school. The Baldwin program has not only recreated that sense of support and freedom that I thrived on, it has also provided me with some of the things that I value most- new perspectives, meaningful conversations, a renewed sense of self-confidence and a safe space to challenge my ideas and priorities and discover who I am.