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George Rateb

I'm a junior majoring in Economics, Math, and Electrical Engineering because I think they're all interesting and useful, but also because I'm just indecisive to the point of masochism. In my free time, I'm usually playing guitar or piano, at a coffee shop, or hanging out with friends. This summer I'll be conducting economics research at the University College of London.

L's Taken


"Thank you for applying but..."

  • Microsoft 

  • IBM 

  • Google 

  • Neuralink 

  • SpaceX 

  • Airbnb 

  • Square


Things I thought I'd finish but never did

  • So many books I started for fun 

  • 2 research projects 

  • Start-up ideas that never took flight 

  • Literally ever going to office hours 

  • Organizing my Spotify


Everyday L's of life

  • My sleep schedule 

  • Drinking more coffee than water 

  • Every email and text I forgot to respond to 

  • The number of times I've set off my fire alarm 

  • Every drink I've spilled on my clothes, and every carpet I've stained doing so 

  • Every time I've had to leave and come back to my apartment because I forgot something 

  • Walking in late too class with an iced coffee in hand

On the Bright Side


Memories I made when I wasn't working/studying

  • Stargazing with friends into the middle of the night 

  • Spontaneous trips to the mountains 

  • Crying from laughing too hard with friends 

  • Playing soccer on sunny days with friends on the quad 

  • Making terrible yet beautiful music with friends 

  • Deep conversations with friends 

  • Being there for the people closest to me in life 

  • Discovering Durham and all it has to offer 

  • Building community at the nonprofit I was involved in 

  • Cookout <3 

  • Road-tripping to New Hampshire 

  • Looking forward to weekly Bojangles and 2K with my roommate


Things I've learned that will still matter in 10 years

  • Your thoughts and beliefs have a profound impact on your reality 

  • Saying no can be hard, but necessary 

  • It's okay if it doesn't work out... life moves on, and you'll find something better 

  • Paying attention to self care is so important 

  • Set aside time for yourself 

  • Make your decisions based on your own morals and preferences


TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed


Things I'm proud of that you won't see on my resume

  • The friends I've made 

  • The experiences I've had 

  • The music I've discovered and made 

  • The growth and self discovery I've experienced in myself 

  • My 2K record 

  • Committing to learning to skate and play guitar successfully 

  • The volunteer tutoring I've done


Unconventional skills


Quirks that make me who I am


Small joys in my life

  • The smell of coffee in the morning 

  • When you're around friends and take a moment to notice how happy you are 

  • Finding a good song and putting it on repeat 

  • Running into friends when you don't expect to 

  • Sharing a fun moment with a stranger

  • My room decorations 

  • The breeze in my face on a sunny day 

  • Blasting music in the car on a warm summer night 

  • Waking up before my alarm goes off 

  • Good ice cream 

  • Not having any clothes in the hamper 

  • When a friend you haven't seen in a while asks to reconnect 

  • Being on the same wavelength as somebody else 

  • Reminiscing over old photos/videos 

  • Compliments from strangers


Obstacles I have overcome


Things I've done that pushed me out of my comfort zone


Failures that seemed like the end of the world back then but don't matter in hindsight


Leaps of Faith


Life events that have made me stronger


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