One of my favorite quotes is by Oprah Winfrey: “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you – always.” I am beyond excited to start my journey as a Baldwin Scholar and grow within a group so diverse, from academics to ideals to backgrounds, and truly succeed together.
My name is Mashal Ali, and I was born in raised in San Antonio, Texas. Growing up in a joint family of ten people has made family the biggest factor in shaping who I am today, and the Pakistani culture I was raised in is one I have nothing but immense pride for.
I am planning to major in neuroscience and double minor in Arabic and chemistry. I love all things science and am planning to attend medical school after I graduate- let’s hope for the best!! Currently, I am immersing myself in the world of research through the Wilbourn Infant Lab at Duke (the WILD!). I love working with children and look forward to continuing finding what I love here at Duke. I am also the freshman representative for Diya as well as am involved in Neurocare and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).
On the rare instances when I’m not in Perkins, I love listening to music (I am always looking for new music!!!), hiking, hanging out with my friends, and writing. I also am always talking to my older sister or watching The Office.
I am so thankful to be a Baldwin Scholar! I am almost impatient to get closer to this phenomenal community and the amazing women in it!