From first glance, I may look like yet another Duke senior, avid Kville tenter, Gothic Reading Room frequenter. However, as with most Duke students I have met, there’s a lot more to everyone’s story than what appears on a resume. I was born and raised in the Austin, Texas – a city with the perfect mix of the Texas cowboy culture that I loved and the lively music and food scene. My parents had always stressed the importance of a global education due to their experiences around the world together, so at an early age, I was lucky to attend a French immersion international elementary school, where I learned how to read, write, and think in French, Spanish, and English. For middle school, I then attended a small private school on a hill called St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. One evening during my sophomore year of high school, I got a phone call from a director at my school asking if I would represent the school as an exchange student in Japan for 11 months. After serious reflection, I decided to accept, knowing that if I declined, I would always wonder how my life would have turned out had I accepted. Then I was off to the land of the rising sun, navigating the subway system in my Japanese school uniform, bento box in my hand, as I commuted from my host family’s home to the local high school I attended. My year in Japan was a completely formative experience for me. In addition to being forced to become independent at an earlier age than my peers back home, I attained conversational fluency in Japanese in less than a year of living there. I had left the comfort of the United States with a vocabulary as extensive as the lyrics to the song “Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto,” and left a passionate karaoke singer with a few well known J-pop song in my back pocket. I returned home to my beautiful state with a huge appreciation for the queso and cowboy boots as a socially acceptable form of footwear, a completely new perspective on the world, and a thirst for adventure. After a year abroad, I couldn’t wait to get back to doing to the thing I loved most– rodeo riding and wrangling. I grew up spending my summers on a West Texas ranch, learning to barrel race, and competing in local rodeos. I lived in the saddle during my summers at the same ranch but as a wrangler, where I took care of over thirty horses and taught kids how to rodeo ride. Although I am a proud Texan, I knew I wanted to go to college out-of-state. As a daughter of a Duke alumnus, I told myself that I wouldn’t follow in my father’s footsteps. However, my heart was quickly won over once I stepped foot on campus for a tour. I’m not sure if it was the gothic architecture or the balance between the unbeatable school spirit and amazing professors. In addition, although I hope to go into international business, I knew I wanted a liberal arts education. Therefore at Duke, I decided to major in Public Policy Studies and Art History, and a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. As a numbers person with an interest in economics and a love for writing, public policy was an interdisciplinary vehicle to bridge several of my interests while also learning more about our nation’s politics and the ever-applicable skill of persuasive and concise writing. In addition, I was drawn to art history due to my love and appreciation for history and the arts, as well as the analytical aspect necessary to understand works. I chose to pair the two with the I&E certificate because of my interest in business and the creative aspect of the startup realm. I believe that together, my course of study will help teach me to think out of the box as an informed entrepreneur and make an impact in my career after college. After I graduate this coming May, I will begin my career as an investment banker in New York.