Alexa Rae Brzoska


Cornelius, NC

Academic Interests

I am an intended Biology major, however, I am hoping to discover a career that integrates
animals, science, and art!

Fun Fact

I speak three languages: English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Hailing from a biracial household, it has been my life’s mission to continuously advocate for equality, especially in regards to minority women in STEM-related fields. From a young age, I had discovered my innate passion for working with and caring for animals, which inspired me to want to become a veterinarian. As I progressed through my schooling, I became increasingly fascinated by the natural sciences, specifically, with the subject of biology. This
quickly solidified my aspirations and what ultimately jump-started my journey of becoming an animal doctor.

Growing up in a multicultural environment, learning Spanish from my mother and Mandarin Chinese in school, I knew that I would also want to incorporate this aspect of myself into whatever career I chose to pursue. This background has enabled me to appreciate the value of language as a way of knowing and the part that it plays in connecting us with
the world. Being a person of many interests, I want to take this notion a step further and discover the ways in which art can be used as a language and catalyst for science comprehension.

Organizations such as SPIRE and DURS (Duke Undergraduate Research Society) allow me to find opportunities to build upon my love of science and become close to individuals who share similar or different aspirations. Additionally, by becoming a Duke Puppy Kindergarten Volunteer, as well as participating in DUU Arts events, I am working towards finding the links between my interests to develop a career path that fulfills all of these subject areas. I will continue to be motivated to close the minority gaps within these fields of study in order to inspire other young girls to follow their dreams and uplift the communities around them.

Aside from science, art, and languages, I love to play soccer. Throughout my childhood, when I wasn’t doing homework or drawing, the soccer field was where I would spend most of my free time. At some point, I even thought that I would pursue the sport professionally because of how much I enjoyed it. Now it helps ease my stress and allows me to escape reality when I feel overwhelmed.

What do you like about being a SPIRE Fellow?

I love that it constantly reminds me of the endless opportunities that are around every corner, and more importantly that I am worthy of them. I also love how diverse all of the students here are, everyone has their own fascinating story and I love hearing about them!

Alexa Rae Brzoska
Alexa Rae Brzoska