For my 14th birthday, my friends compiled a certificate titled, “How to be Anne Crabill.” The document humorously detailed everything from my personality traits to my obsession with glittery BIC mechanical pencils. When I reminisce about their gift, I’m reminded of the layers of nuance that make up who I am. Like my thoughtful friends, I struggle to define myself in a single tagline. Rather, a meaty dictionary entry with multiple subheadings would be the best way to describe me. So here is the current definition of Anne Crabill:

  1. I’m a sports enthusiast and played defense for the varsity women’s lacrosse team.
  2. I’m interested in addressing misinformation through public policy.
  3. My motto is “seek discomfort.” As tired as the cliche may be, I believe that life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.
  4. Fun facts: I love a good rom com and consider myself a bit of a taco truck aficionado.

I would like to say that I am Anne Crabill, yet I am still exploring what it means to be Anne Crabill. I love the Zadie Smith quotation that reads, “I am the sole author of the dictionary that defines me.” I know that I will guide my actions by living for myself, asking questions and reflecting on who I am and where I want to go.

I’m incredibly honored and humbled to be a part of the Baldwin community. I am thrilled to navigate the next few years at Duke with such an amazing, reflective and confident cohort of women.