What are you up to right now? What projects and new ideas are exciting you personally, academically?
Currently, I am finishing my third year of college! I am majoring in Public Policy at UNC Chapel Hill, minoring in Global Health at Duke University, and completing a Certificate in Prison Studies at Duke Divinity School. BSP launched me into my continuing personal and academic interests in incarceration and mental health. Last semester, I had the privilege of interning for the Innocence Project in London and publishing a systematic review of prison healthcare worldwide. Now, I am back at UNC working with the School of Medicine on a regional survey of healthcare (including linkage of care/community resources) in jails across the US South. Outside of school, I have enjoyed volunteering at juvenile detention facilities and prisons in the US and UK.
Have you been keeping in touch with your Bezos Scholar alumni, and if so — how?
College has been a time of tremendous change and moving around (locally and internationally), so it has been harder for me to keep in touch with my class. I most recently got to re-connect with Niquan Dawson my freshman year at a TED conference, which was incredible (plug: apply to intern)! It has also been a treat to check in with lovely staff from my year like Val and Mark.
Which influential books, albums, podcasts, or films would you personally recommend to the BSP community of curious minds?
Podcast: Ear Hustle— stories of life inside prison
Book: And Every Morning the Way Home gets Longer and Longer by Fredrick Backman
Show: Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix (kinda scary but I am a sucker for crime documentary series)
Who or what are you finding inspiration in right now?
I have been drawing so much hope and inspiration from my faith, family, and sunshine this semester! It has not been an easy semester for a variety of reasons, but my church has provided me with the boldness and courage to self-care, and just affirmed the internal peace of knowing I am fully known and loved. My family has been an incredible rock in helping me adjust to transition. As I write this, I am also soaking up the beautiful springtime sunshine, which I am wholly grateful for.
Anything else you want to share with the BSP community?
This semester, I have had such a blast diving deep into my loves for running outside and playing violin for my church. Also, I am excited to be traveling to Israel and Johannesburg soon-- if anyone has any recs, please get in touch :)