Why would you like to be a Senator of Campus Life?
Duke was my dream college. I was born and raised Cary, North Carolina, so for all my life, with Duke so close, and as the elite school of the state, and with honestly the best colors ever, how could it not be my dream school? The thing was, I never actually went to the campus until I was like 13, even though I was cheering for them since I was a little kid. And it was for a Duke TiP Summer Studies program that I even went for the nine weeks I did over three years, living on campus, eating at MP, West Union. I heard about LeBron James’ “Coming Home” at The Loop, even. Yeah, the camp was great, but man, it was that campus, it was that food at Marketplace, seeing Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, those were the things I’ll never forget. It was all the smart students on campus that I learned from, and changed my perspectives on so many things, it was living on campus, that all made the experience worthwhile. Campus life was great. And yet, living here now, I’ve seen and heard of problems still. Because no matter how perfect something is, it can always be improved. I decided to run for Campus Life because there was a direct impact on students that I could have, and I knew I would be willing to listen to them one on one and address everyone’s concerns in any way I could. That’s where my slogan, “A Leader Who Listens” comes in. It’s truly what I want to be, a senator who will act only in the interests of the student body, and absolutely nothing else, not even my own. Representatives should not determine policy based on their own judgement. They are meant to represent the interests of the people, not themselves. This is why I’m running for senator, and why I’m doing it in Campus Life.
Five things you want the Class of 2021 to know about you?
1. I love sports, especially the NBA and NFL, and of course, Duke Basketball, which I've followed since I was basically a kid.
2. I've played chess since I was six years old, and I've won quite a bit of money, and once was among the top 50 players in the nation for my age group.
3. I plan on studying Computer Science and Economics, with an I&E Certificate.
4. I was born in Cary, North Carolina. Duke was my dream school. This is the one place I'll forever love, other than the house I grew up in.
5. I will always fight for what the majority of students in the student body want to see happen. I promise to listen to the voices of all students with no distinction.
Why are you qualified for the job?
I served for one and a half years on student council in high school, but quit because it didn't have much influence or ability to create change. That's precisely the reason I'm doing Duke Student Government -- because I feel that Duke Student Government is a more legitimate organization that can create impact.
I've managed to start a chess club at my school, and, in spite of the unpopularity of chess, made it a top club in the school, with over 60 people and a team that won the state championships. I've also started the first ever student-created chess tournament in my region.
I've raised over $2,000 a year as VP of Stop Hunger Now, and another $1,000 through running a literal video game club that I introduced an aspect of charity to, by donating tournament fees and cans to charity.
The number one quality for picking careers for millennials is passion. We want to do what we’re passionate about. This is something I’m passionate about, and that’s the pure primary reason for me doing this. Passion produces drive, and that drive is what produces power in a person’s actions. I feel like I’ve found something which I can really pursue, and really help people with. I have a vision I want to make a reality, and my hope is that the student body sees me as fit to represent them.
"All is relative."
"All is relative."
We experience life in different ways based on our past experiences, and everyone has a different perspective on everything. Communication is the issue that stems all problems with the world today, because these people who have different perspectives cannot communicate, what, to them, is a rational thought. As a senator, it’ll be my job to provide as perfect of a communication stream between students and other representatives in student government. I’ll have to understand everyone’s perspectives, and help reach a compromise overall. That’s my goal, if I am fortunate enough to be elected into office.