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Amanda Morrall

Amanda Morrall

Hometown: Born in Merced, California, Lived in Nebraska, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Raised in Kansas City, Missouri

Major: Public Policy with a focus in Education Policy

Minor: History and Theater Studies

I love: God, my family, Duke, seafood, feminism

Whats Happening Now: This fall I am pursuing a PhD in Sociology at UCLA.

My two cents while at Duke: 

As senior year rolls around, I have realized that college has been an amazing experience. My college journey has changed me in ways I couldn't have imagined 3 years ago. As write this paragraph, I am sitting in a class room over looking the city of Venezia (Venice).

My junior year has been one of constant changes- life goals evolving, traveling to unknown lands by myself. Currently my life is in a constant mode of change that will, I believe, continue throughout my senior year. But I'm excited to see what life brings. Please remember that  college is your time to "do you." Don't allow anyone to tell you otherwise. Below I written two quotes. The first is a stanza from one of my favorite poems, and something that I live by daily. The other I'm still struggling with because I want to accomplish everything.

Much Baldwin Love,

Amanda Renee


The Ode by Arthur O'Shaughnessy (1st verse)

We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams

Wandering by lone sea-breakers, Sitting by desolate streams

World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams

Yet we are the movers and the shakers, Of the world for ever it seems

 If you set out to accomplish everything, you will accomplish nothing, and if you accomplish nothing, everything does not matter. But if you accomplish at least one thing, you will change everything. -Amanda Renee Morrall