Madeleine Yancy

My name is Madeleine Yancy, and I am both incredibly excited and humbled to be a part of the Baldwin Scholars Class of 2022.

I was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina (a very far journey to Duke, I know). I love my hometown and the diversifying experiences it has provided me. I grew up in a politically active and growing city, and being able to learn among other students who were just as passionate about social justice as I was only intensified my interest in it. I am passionate about equality in all forms, but especially in women’s rights and education. I attended one of the many underfunded public high schools in North Carolina, and was always troubled by the disparities that existed between students.

My family is perhaps the most important part of my life. I am fortunate enough to live close to the majority of my extended family, and I love to spend time with them. They taught me the value of caring for other people, hard work, loyalty and integrity.

While I am enthusiastic about social justice, I have also found a recent passion in medicine. I took a class in Anatomy and Physiology my junior year and became fascinated in how our bodies function and work. This interest combined with my desire to cause positive change in the world and help other people means that I am currently on the pre-med track, hoping to become a doctor. I am undecided on my major, but looking right now at Neuroscience or Biology with a concentration in Anatomy and Physiology. I hope to work in my interest in social justice in the form of a minor in Global Health, but I am also open to any other disciplines that may catch my attention.

Here on campus, I participate in FEMMES, eNable, and am training to become a tour guide. I absolutely love Duke basketball, and am a Cameron Crazie through and through. Other than that, I enjoy running, any kind of time spent outdoors, reading (current favorites are The Handmaid’s Tale and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry), and baking almost every weekend that I have time. Even though I have lived here for 18+ years, I love exploring Durham (especially restaurants and food!!). I already feel welcomed and loved by the other Baldwin Scholars, and cannot wait to be a part of such an empowering and inspiring group of women.

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