Hey! My name is Ali and I’m a junior here at Duke majoring in Neuroscience on the pre-med track. I’m from a tiny town on the water about a half hour north of Boston and the two things I miss the most from home are the beach and my dog (she’s the cutest little golden doodle). I love the beach (honestly the outdoors in general), spending time with friends, and just being active! At Duke, I volunteer at Duke Hospital, am involved in Greek Life, and am passionate about eliminating the stigma of mental illness and preventing sexual violence. As much as I love it at Duke, it’s not always the easiest place to be. From feeling inadequate in every aspect of life to feeling isolated and alone, I’ve been there. Trying to balance academics, extra-curriculars, a social life, mental health, physical wellbeing, and everything in between has probably been my biggest struggle at Duke so far and often leaves me feeling like a hot mess, especially when it looks like everyone else is killing the “effortless perfection” thing. Not that I have all the answers, but if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed with life, I would love to chat. Whether something happened to you, you’re struggling academically, socially, mentally, or physically, you feel alone, or you just want to talk to someone who wants to listen, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I would love to be there for you and do whatever I can to help.