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Madeline Fowler

Maddie Fowler is a graduating senior of the class of 2021, who studies a Program II called "Disability Studies and Ethical Mental Health Care." She chose this major after recognizing the need for a humanistic view of disability to fight against discrimination in healthcare.

L's Taken


"Thank you for applying but..."

  • Bass Connections team during my first year at Duke 

  • Baldwin Scholars 

  • Hart Fellowship


Things I thought I'd finish but never did


Everyday L's of life

  • still can’t parallel park

  • strips over my own feet

  • don’t know how to use apostrophes

On the Bright Side


Memories I made when I wasn't working/studying

  • Hitch-hiking to a country festival in rural England. 

  • Getting stuck in a Washington DC and finding myself on an unexpected, really fun date. 

  • Making pasta (without a roller) with my dearest friends. 

  • Befriending someone on Easter Island.


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

  • I will always be a worthy and beloved person, even if I failed all my classes. 

  • Interdependence on others is beautiful, not a flaw.


TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed


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

  • My personal journey of identity throughout high school and college :)

  • Keeping up with my photography

  • My indoor garden

  • Taking the path I need, even if it takes a little longer!


Unconventional skills


Quirks that make me who I am

  • Sometimes takes sarcastic things literally 

  • LOVES frogs


Small joys in my life

  • Trying out every single boba tea place in a 20 mile radius 

  • Just being in nature 

  • Moments of silence


Obstacles I have overcome


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

  • Study Abroad in a place where I didn't speak the language 

  • Deciding to design a Disability Studies major in a school with only five classes with the word "disability" in the title


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

  • Losing my ability to participate in competitive sports taught me I am more than my talents. 

  • Losing toxic friendships taught me to value and love myself.


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