Hi! My name is Caragh Heverly, and I cannot express how excited I am to be a part of the Baldwin Scholars Program for the next 4 years! My bio on Facebook says “I like trees, bees, and ladies,” but I suppose I should expand on that here.
I was born in Washington, DC, but home for me is an hour and a half from the city in Rappahannock County, Virginia. When meeting new people, I always end up telling stories about living in a small rural county, populated by more cows than people. Although my life at home and in the heteronormative community I grew up in brought a fair share of challenges to embracing my identity, it shaped my independence and resilience in ways I’m still discovering. The Blue Ridge Mountains became my escape, as there is a certain solace in seeing the sun rise from 4000 feet up or listening to the babbling of a creek over rounded rocks that can’t be put into words.
When I was younger, I went to a private Waldorf school located in the foothills of the Shenandoah National Park. From there, I attended a Montessori school for two years before joining the small public school in my county and later attended Mountain Vista Governor’s School for Math, Science, and Technology. It is from this variety that I grew an unrelenting passion for learning about the world that I’ve carried with me through research, internships, and volunteerism in my community.
Coming to Duke has provided me with countless opportunities for personal growth and continued activism, and it is a dream to be provided such an environment to continue working towards making the world a better place. Walt Whitman wrote a great line in Leaves of Grass that says “resist much, obey little.” Within these words I’ve found the importance of using my voice and privilege to speak for marginalized groups, as we are not equal until all voices are equally acknowledged and respected. Within Baldwin, I intend to do just that.