Hometown: Wake Forest, NC
High School: Wake Forest High School
What drew you to the Robertson Program?
For years my long-term education combinations and career plans have been regarded as a fantasy, but with the resources and expectation of excellence that come with a program that is dedicated to producing transformational leaders, this fantasy becomes a feasible reality. I actually have a creed that I wrote for myself years ago, and part of it is along the lines of “I shall live amongst the stars. I shall fly with them and I shall die with them. For when I do, I will shine for someone’s forever.” For me, this program, the mentors, and the other scholars are the stars that I have always dreamt of flying with, so having the opportunity to be a part of something so empowering is truly inspirational to me.
How has your experience with the Robertson shaped your goals and career path?
Coming into the program and studying at two of the top universities in the country can make it easy to compare yourself to others, whether that be in your specific goals or the progress that you are making towards them. My experiences in the program thus far have shown me that I have a vast network of support and opportunities to help me in my pursuits no matter what they are. I have realized that my career path doesn’t have to be “conventional” or one-dimensional. I am able to interweave many of my passions to impact the world in a way that I am truly proud of, and I know that the program is there to support me in my endeavors.
What has been your favorite Robertson moment so far?
My favorite Robertson moment was when the wheels on the bus didn’t go round and round. One of our first experiences as a cohort was blowing a tire on our way to our NOLS orientation less than an hour into the drive. While the ensuing effort to transfer to a functioning bus on the side of the highway was equal parts terrifying and hilarious, I will always remember the camaraderie that was formed that day. It is one thing to get to know someone at their best and most polished, but I believe that you can learn much more by watching them work through a difficult situation.