2016 Major: History and Global Health
Currently: Student — Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University
"My studies in History focused on medicine, science, and technology. This was a perfect complement for my Global Health major, and directly facilitated my pursuit of medicine. Whether I was learning about the evolution of food, madness and the field of psychiatry, or the history of health and healing in Africa, I was constantly captivated by the material presented to me in the classroom. In studying History, I was afforded the privilege of reading texts from the past, and sorting through them to recreate an understanding of the present. My advisor Dr. Margaret Humphreys became both a mentor and a confidant, helping to guide me through the medical school admissions process."
"The History department is incredibly diverse, so you should take advantage of it — above and beyond your concentration. One of the hardest, most interesting courses I took at Duke was Intro to Contemporary Latin American Studies, alongside many bilingual international students born and raised in the countries we were studying. I realized quickly how limited my knowledge was, but rather than become embarrassed, I decided to fully embrace learning from my classmates. As we discussed the Mexican government, a girl from Mexico City would chime in with her thoughts on the matter, echoed by the thoughts of students from Argentina and Brazil. We discussed culture, music, food, politics, and I absolutely loved coming to class everyday."