I climbed four Munros on the Isle of Skye, Scotland in a single day (A Munro is a Scottish mountain over 3,000 feet).
My Duke experience began in August of 2017 and the fantastic opportunities Duke had to offer opened up to me. The diverse thoughts and experiences of the Duke students and faculty have pushed me to think more broadly and challenge myself to be better. This chapter of my life builds upon my wonderful Jesuit high school experience at Georgetown Prep where I was pushed academically, spiritually, and ethically to be the best I could be. My high school’s creed was “Men for Others” and I strive to uphold those ideals every day. I was fortunate to grow up in a loving and successful family in which a strong work ethic was the norm. Whether it be shoveling snow during a blizzard, fixing a roof leak in the middle of a storm, filing court actions or dealing with irate tenants it was all in a day's work. Our family business gave me countless experiences and skills; and most importantly drove home the importance of being a finisher. This propelled me to succeed academically, athletically and to better my local community. By the time of my high school junior year, my hard work paid off as I won my first of two state titles, placed at several national tournaments, and made the Dean’s List. In addition to this, I lived out my Jesuit high school’s creed “Men for Others”, by volunteering for my local Special Olympics chapter and soup kitchen. At this time, I knew I wanted to be a part of a community that valued scholarship while affording me my dream of competing at the collegiate level. Duke University made that possible. This past year, I made the ACC Academic Honor Roll while carrying a full academic load and training multiple times per day. Throughout the course of the year, I enrolled in courses that I considered interesting and meaningful. In asking myself, “What field are you most passionate about?” it became clear that I wanted to pursue a degree in Economics, which was a natural fit with my family’s business. I plan to complement my Economics degree with a MBA.
I joined SPIRE because of the outstanding character of the individuals involved in the program and the network of fellow STEM majors that it offered. SPIRE offered me the opportunity to discuss and work with individuals who were passionate about the same fields as me- Economics and Finance. In addition to this, the advice imparted on me by the guest speakers has helped me to the point that I often share it with teammates and others who are in need of direction.