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Phoebe Kiburi


Phoebe Kiburi

My name is Phoebe Kiburi and the story of my life revolves around Kenya (where I was born and raised) before I came to Duke for college.

I come from a family of six and being a second born has always meant being a second mother to my siblings. I’ve grown to adore babies and more often than not you will find me playing with professor Admay’s daughter Sibu or any other kids I come across. I also attribute this instinct to my experiences growing up. I have survived a civil war in my country and that not only forced me to adult at 11 but also opened my eyes to the things that really matter to me. During this critical moment when life was reduced to the relief of having family around and ; I got myself thinking about the people living below the poverty line. I reflected upon the extravagance that comes with wealth and the possibility of a balance between these extremes. It is this experience that draws me to a humanitarian focused career. I can’t pin point a major at this time. I am free falling with an assortment of interests ranging from science to language (French in particular) to environment to social entrepreneurship and who knows? I might just venture into physics and energy! What I know for sure, however, is that I want to provide winning solutions for poverty, malnutrition, unhealthy lifestyles, environmental degradation, child abuse and so on.

During my free time, I hit the gym, go for a swim or just have six hour skype calls with family and friends.

So, why Baldwin? You may ask. I thrive in teams best. I crave exchange of ideas and energy with brilliant individuals more so when they all have a superpower: womanhood! Cheers to years of challenging each other, motivating each other and being there for each other as Baldwin.