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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

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"Thank you for applying but..."

  • Bass Connections team during my first year at Duke 

  • Baldwin Scholars 

  • Hart Fellowship

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Things I thought I'd finish but never did

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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

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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.

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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.

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TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed

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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!

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Unconventional skills

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Quirks that make me who I am

  • Sometimes takes sarcastic things literally 

  • LOVES frogs

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Small joys in my life

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

  • Just being in nature 

  • Moments of silence

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Obstacles I have overcome

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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

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

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Leaps of Faith

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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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