Hello, my name is Elizabeth Loschiavo, and I am proud to be a member of the Alice M. Baldwin Scholars Class of 2022.

While I grew up in the sunny city of Orlando, FL, I’ve called Durham my home since I moved here permanently in the second month of my freshman year. Though I miss certain things about my hometown, I’ve come to love the city of Durham for its culture, diversity, and heavenly weather. Whenever the air is crisp and the sky is cloudless, you’re guaranteed to find me outside enjoying the breeze and a romance novel.

When I’m not reading, I’m usually seeking out other kinds of art—visiting new exhibits at the Nasher, watching YouTube videos from my favorite channels (see bestdressed and Bon Appétit), and listening to my all-time favorite band, The 1975, to whom I’ve been loyal since eighth grade. Fortunately, I’ve been able to integrate this admiration for art with my academics as a Visual and Media Studies major, which has allowed me to examine the things I love through a critical lens. If you ever want to talk about the gendered implications of TikTok or the role of the museum in society’s consumption of art, then I’m your gal.

While creativity is a major part of my identity, however, my true inspiration comes from the people around me. Whenever someone asks me to choose my favorite thing about Duke, I invariably respond with the same answer: being a Baldwin. Without the lessons I’ve learned in this program about identity, vulnerability, authenticity, and support, I wouldn’t be the same confident, creative woman I am today. I am so grateful to be part of this group, and I look forward to continuing to learn from its wonderful, talented, and kind members. B-love, always.