I am Tyler Edwards, and I am incredibly grateful to be a part of the Baldwin class of 2022. I was born and raised in Apex, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh which is about 30 minutes away from campus. I grew up surrounded by love and laughter from my parents, Ted and Tiffany, my two older brothers, Trey and Torin, and my younger brother, Tanner (yes, we’re all T’s!).

I started high school at Wake Early College in Raleigh before being accepted to the NC School of Science and Math, a boarding school just down Broad St from East campus. There, I explored my many interests by making a feature-length documentary, directing a mainstage play, performing spoken word, and conducting an independent research project. Most of all, my high school experience was defined by the meaningful relationships I made with my classmates and hallmates who continue to support me today.

Throughout high school, I fostered a love for both biology and the arts, and I plan to continue to develop both at Duke. Specifically, I have a passion for communicating science in a manner that is engaging and accessible to the general public. Currently, I am interested in pursuing a degree in biology with a certificate from Science and Society, but I am also excited to explore my interests in public policy, journalism, and documentary studies during my time at Duke. Additionally, I am a member of Spoken Verb and The Bridge.

Originally, I was afraid to apply to become a Baldwin scholar because I was so impressed by how successful, confident, and inspiring the women who were a part of the program are. But, I was encouraged by a close friend and role model from high school and decided to take the risk. Today, I am honored and humbled to count myself as a part of such a wonderful group. I can’t wait to grow and develop my identity as a Baldwin scholar through the rest of my college years!