Melody

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Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.

Before I die, I want to make a difference in this world. Intellectually, that makes sense. We all know life is short. But how many of us live our lives knowing that we’ll one day perish? Often times, we find ourselves living from one chore to the next, minute to minute, hour to hour, day to day, year to year. Before you know it, ten years has come and gone. Life’s too short to spend every day doing work that you hate. So, it’s extremely rewarding to be able to love what I do!

I am the Program Coordinator for the Center for Leadership Development & Social Action (LDSA) at Duke University. I have a deep regard for authentic leadership development and molding young adults into the changemakers of their generation. I believe there is a harmonious relationship between leadership development and civic engagement. As such, I encourage individuals to play an active role in improving their local and global community.

One of the ways LDSA supports my vision is through the Alternative Breaks program. We coordinate two alternative break trips each school year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. This particular Alternative Spring Break trip is inspiring on multiple fronts. I am extremely passionate about addressing human rights issues. However, I have little knowledge of human trafficking outside of what I see from the media. This trip will prove to be a learning process both for the Duke students involved and myself, inspiring introspection, growth, and innovative action.