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Sujal Manohar


Sujal Manohar

Hi! My name is Sujal Manohar and I couldn’t be happier to be a Baldwin! I’m so excited to be a part of this group of strong, intelligent, and supportive women. This program has already given me a sense of community and belonging at Duke, and I look forward to getting even more involved in the future!

My family is originally from India, but I was born in upstate New York and moved to Dallas, Texas at age 4. I was fortunate to attend North Hills, one of the most unique, diverse high schools in the country, from 1st to 12th grade. My school has an international parade, students from dozens of different ethnicities, and a close-knit community that I could not have gotten at a large public school.

From a young age, I have been encouraged to pursue anything I want, leading to a very disconnected and diverse array of high school activities. I tried almost everything: soccer, Model United Nations, volunteering at a local court, art competitions, science fairs, app contests, and biomedical research. Not surprisingly, I entered college with almost no idea of what I wanted to study. My diverse interests led me to choose Duke, where I knew my interdisciplinary mindset would be embraced and not diminished. I love the different types of people I meet here, and learn something new everyday, inside or outside of the classroom.

Though I am not entirely decided, I am now considering studying Neuroscience and Visual Arts. I recently became fascinated by the brain, and love learning about the scientific bases for how we think and behave. I have always had a passion for art, whether it was photography, drawing, collage, or painting. Art is my escape from the world around me, and I know I will pursue it in some form for the rest of my life. You can view some of my artwork online! (sujalmanohar.com)

At Duke, I am Recess Photo Editor for The Chronicle, on the Student Health Advisory Committee, and a member of the VisArts committee. I am also beginning research in the Pearson Lab and volunteering with Arts for Life, a local nonprofit. In my free time, I love exploring new restaurants, shopping, tiramisu and red velvet cake, DIY crafts, and reading!

Feel free to contact me! (sujal.manohar@duke.edu)