Hometown: New York, NY
High School: Hunter College High School
What drew you to the Robertson Program?
I was drawn to the Robertson because I knew that the program, my peers, and UNC would challenge me. Growth is uncomfortable and delightful, and university has taught me to embrace this dichotomy. The program has reinforced that the only way to learn is to act, and I am now acutely aware that I will never know what exactly to do but that I must try.
How has your experience with the Robertson shaped your goals and career path?
I have always been motivated by a desire to understand the people, places, and things around me, but the Robertson has transformed how I think about this way of being. I am only now substantively learning to articulate why I care and how I want to do work like reporting. My experiences through the program have shown me that at the end of the day, everything is about people. Every person has a story to tell, and these stories can build community outside otherwise enduring bubbles.
What has been your favorite Robertson moment so far?
During Community Summer, I built houses in New Orleans at Habitat for Humanity. A particular experience stands out: when Lavonne and her family moved into their home, their happiness was effervescent. Witnessing a toddler dance and skip through her first home is an understated joy. The work was difficult and incredible, and I loved it. Building houses was, quite simply, awesome, but building community made even the tedium of scraping drywall special.