Kerra Dukes

Kerra Dukes

Kerra Dukes

Public Policy / Baltimore, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I decided to enroll at the University of Maryland because of the location, my major, and all of the other things it has to offer. Going to school in College Park allowed me to be both close and far from my family. Public Policy isn't a major that is offered at many schools, so when I found that it was offered here, UMD automatically became one of my top choices. Lastly, the diverse campus, internship opportunities, and sports culture are all things I look forward to while being a student here.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
After getting my degree in public policy, I plan to get a master's in public health and pursue a career in healthcare advocacy. I selected this path because I always knew I wanted to work in healthcare, but not in the clinical setting. I've always believed that having healthcare affects one's quality of life, so I want to make sure everyone has access and lives their lives to the fullest.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
While on campus, I hope to join the Step Team and Black Student Union. Also, as an Incentive Awards Program Scholar, there are acts of service that we have to do, so those volunteer opportunities are something I'm looking forward to as well.

Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I'm in Honors Humanities, which requires me to take humanities classes. So far, I have learned so much about sociology, philosophy, musicology, both the natural and social sciences, and everything else that is a part of the humanities. I've learned so much about history and the importance of human creation. I hope to gain more knowledge about the humanities while being around people who share the same passions.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
While at Maryland, I plan to make friendships that last a lifetime, as well as pick up new hobbies. I also plan to be a part of some of the clubs here such as Black Student Union and the Step Team. I want to participate in internships and take advantage of all of the things that UMD has to offer.

What are your future goals after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to get a Master's degree in Public Health and begin to work in non-profits. After working there, I plan to pursue a career in healthcare advocacy and other types of community health work.

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