Hello! My name is Ariana Gallegos, and I am a 22-year-old, Gemini born in Albuquerque New Mexico and raised in La Jolla California.
I have spent my past four years at Duke immersed in fascinating History and Public Policy courses that I selected through my self-designed interdepartmental major. My major is titled Looking Upon the Past to Create Change in the Present and Future, and most of my coursework has focused on Civil Rights and Social Movements. I believe that learning about people, historical patterns, and cultures is essential to gaining empathy, a skill I feel is necessary to succeed in life. To me, the true value lies in getting to know people’s stories, learning to understand people, what motivates them and what inspires them. Knowing how we got to the present is vital to help understand the most significant problems that have plagued society for years and how people went about collectively tackling these issues.
Aside from my major, I have been pursuing the Innovation & Entrepreneurship certificate. After taking my first course, Building Global Audiences, which was a valuable course in teaching us how to build an audience, using social media tools, around a product or idea before launching. I decided that this program would give me the skills that I needed to learn how to start my own company or lead a company one day.
I spent a summer in Silicon Valley through Duke in Silicon Valley, and that summer changed my life. It opened my eyes to the technology industry which is an industry that excites me more than any other industry in which I have previously spent time working. It was a place where people were coming together to disrupt industries, invent new products, creatively innovate, and design the future, and solve some of the biggest challenges facing society. It was fast-paced, cutting-edge, and there were a plethora of people filled with an incredible passion for solving problems. That summer changed my career path and has now inspired my new love for working in disruptive startups. I am hoping to pursue a career at a company that is cutting-edge, solving big problems, disrupting an industry and positively impacting the world.
My current experience ranges from marketing to business development, business strategy, market analysis, event planning, and social media marketing. I thrive in collaborative environments with positive people who want to solve problems.
At Duke I have stayed busy outside of class as a campus ambassador for new companies looking for growth and exposure such as Morning Brew, Go Puff and Tinder. I have been a member since my freshman year of Business Oriented Women and have had the honor of connecting with women who have taken on leadership positions at dynamic companies. I have been an ambassador for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate. I even was an associate photo editor for the campus newspaper, The Chronicle, where you could spot me on the sidelines capturing one of my favorite subjects, action-shots of athletes in their elements. I am currently, the recruitment chair for my sorority Tridelta, which has allowed me to meet so many exciting new Duke students.
In my free time, I love photography, finding new music, traveling, astrology, and watching inspiring Ted Talks. I believe in the power of taking a moment to ground yourself through yoga and meditation to maintain balance, self-awareness, confidence, and inner happiness.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Everything is energy, and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want, and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” -Albert Einstein
“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
“I hope you find true meaning, contentment, and passion in your life. I hope you navigate the difficult times and come out with greater strength and resolve. I hope you find whatever balance you seek with your eyes wide open. And I hope that you – yes, you – have the ambition to lean into your career and run the world. Because the world needs you to change it.”
― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead