How It All Started


 

11742761_10153387173894000_2303759769604955720_nI’m originally from New Jersey, but my experiences have taken me all over the world. My love of service has always defined my goals at Duke.

Early on at Duke, I joined Duke Engineers for International Development, where I worked closely with a team of ten other engineers to design and fundraise a sustainable footbridge to be built in Rwamahwa, Rwanda. The bridge project was a large undertaking, as I connected with Duke faculty and professional engineers with Bridges to Prosperity frequently for conferences.

The following summer, I spent two months living in Kiruli Village, Rwanda, where I helped build the 45m bridge with Bridges to Prosperity and the community of Kiruli. The process of building thebridge by hand, from ground up, has helped me appreciate the precision and grit of engineering. Upon returning home, I wrote Building Bridges, a detailed and reflective memoir of my experiences in Rwanda.

 

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More than anything, my experience in Rwanda set the tone for my goals in I&E and continuously inspires me to live an active life and to constantly seek ways to help people across the world.

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Through I&E, I have continued my journey of discovery, learning, and impact through coursework focusing on technology, design, and marketing, as well as through hands-on experiences. Entrepreneurship excites me because it calls for unorthodox thinking and creativity. At the same time, I love the attention to detail required to successfully form and launch a venture. I absolutely cannot wait to dive into the world, make connections, and see where this ride takes me!

 

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