Hi! My name is Sisi, and I'm a pre-med junior majoring in History and Biology. I have a quirk for alternative medicine, history, tea and caffeine, artsy stuff like origami, and--most of all--storytelling over Nutella binging. Outside of academics and really weird passions, I'm a House Council rep, ex-Freewaters producer, independent researcher, and maybe--just maybe--a beginner dancer. Coming from a really competitive high school, I thought the transition to Duke and Duke's academic would be challenging but manageable; however, I quickly found out that I never learned how to study, manage time, and set boundaries with friends and family. Honestly, Duke has thrown some of the hardest situations at me, and as an independent student, I found myself lost and confused in its social structure. I was often caught up struggling to connect with people without being hurt, and on top of that, defeated in my areas of strength--in particular, solving problems and academics. Even now, I wonder about my academic decisions and whether I am making the right choices for opportunities and friendships. However, looking back I realized that I've attempted most, if not all, of the things that I listed before coming to college. I realized how often I discredit what I have done and how far I've come. It's hard to remain grateful, but ultimately, I realized that the struggles here at Duke have taught me to understand myself and what I truly want. Duke can be suffocating and lonely at moments, but eventually, I found out that many people share similar sentiments, that many of us are stifled under Duke's idea of "effortless perfection." At the end of the day, what I wanted the most during those moments of struggle was to have someone who can listen to me and support me in my wake of confusion. Having said that, it's completely ok if you need to share and talk with someone, because we are all social beings that need support. So send me a message if you find yourself wanting to someone to talk to, if you're feeling alone or afraid. I need your accompaniment just as much as you need might need mine.