Hi! My name is Linda and I’m a sophomore computer science major participating in this year’s alternative spring break program. I grew up with my mother and grandparents in the beautiful country of Belarus but have lived near Cleveland, Ohio since I was eight years old.

Coming to Duke has been a wonderful experience beyond the clear improvement in weather! I became involved in dancing and am a member of both Duke Swing Dance and Sabrosura (Duke’s Latin dance group). I hold two work-study jobs and volunteer at a retirement center called The Forest at Duke. I discovered my enjoyment of working with and learning from others through a service-learning course at Duke and am now prioritizing such experiences in my life, which brought me to this program. Despite my interests in the

Despite my interests in human rights and social equality, I came into this knowing very little about human trafficking and feeling quite distanced from the topic. By learning more about this widespread problem, especially from directly affected individuals, I hope to become more knowledgeable about how to provide support for victims and bring awareness of the issue back to our campus.