If you are applying to the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences as a first year applicant, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular about Duke that attracts you?
As a straight Southern white man, I’ve always felt pressured to apply to a local state school, join a frat, drink 12-packs of beer, and commit sexual assault. Fortunately, I believe Duke will be able to provide me with that same traditional Southern experience while still being able to brag to my future Wall Street coworkers that I went to a top 10 school in the country. Honestly, I was a little worried at first when I was doing my research on what college to apply to – Duke has really been pushing for diversity, equality, and forward-thinking ideas over the past decade. It really seemed that Duke was distancing itself from its roots, but after touring the campus, I was glad to see that was not entirely the case. Between the mac and cheese, salmon-pink Vineyard Vines pants, Southern hospitality, and the occasional hate crime, I felt right at home walking around campus. Although I’m planning on majoring in economics, I’m very interested in writing on the side, and I feel like Duke offers me many opportunities to loudly express my free speech and opinions to the world. I have been following the Chronicle for a while now, and I love that it gives students creative freedom to speak their mind. I’ve been brainstorming a couple of opinion pieces lately such as “In Defense of Harvey Weinstein” and “Overlooked Values of the South in the 1960s” that will really get the campus thinking. Overall, Duke really seems like the perfect place for me to be able to discover myself and express my views while becoming your next CEO, lawmaker, or supreme court judge.