I’m always the last one at the table to decide what I want to order from a restaurant; I can spend hours reading book jackets before buying anything at Barnes and Noble; and while I introduce myself now as a prospective Public Policy Studies major, I applied to Duke less than a year ago eager to study Computer Science and its applications to coral reef restoration.
You might say that I’m indecisive (and you might be right!) but I prefer the term “exploratory;” I love to try new things, and see how each experience brings me closer and closer to discovering my deepest passions and fulfilling my craziest dreams.
One decision that wasn’t difficult for me? Applying early decision to Duke last fall. I knew that it would take a special kind of university to support the “explorer” in me, and only Duke fit the bill.
Take last Friday. Along with two other students in Professor Tony Brown’s “Enterprising Leadership and Civic Engagement” course, I decided earlier in the semester that I wanted to do something to improve the experience of Duke students on medical leaves of absence (which are fairly rare); it was time to begin my next adventure. We fleshed out our idea, sent out some emails, and before we knew it, we were being met with tremendous enthusiasm everywhere we turned. It all culminated in a meeting last Friday with two of the University’s deans, who not only took time out of their busy days to meet with three first-years, but also helped us map out a plan for transforming our vision into a reality.
I think it really says something about Duke that even the most powerful of administrators are dedicated to supporting the adventures of the University’s undergraduates! So while I can’t choose between the soup and the salad or pick one novel over another, I had no trouble hitting the submit button on my early decision application to Duke. Indecisive? Not me!
If you’re interested in applying early decision to Duke, and have any questions for someone who has been in your shoes before, I would love to chat! Leave a comment on this post, or @reply me on twitter at @NadineBGoldberg – I can’t wait to hear from you!
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