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Mikayla Curtis

Mikayla is a junior majoring in Public Policy and Political Science with a minor in Psychology. Following graduation, she plans to take a few gap years to work in the policy sector before applying to law school.

L's Taken


"Thank you for applying but..."

  • Deloitte 

  • Spotify (twice!) 

  • Hamilton Place Strategies 

  • Duke Margolis Scholars 

  • Duke in Alicante Summer Abroad 

  • Duke Engage 

  • Polis Directors Fellows


Things I thought I'd finish but never did

  • Pre-med requirements

  • My English major

  • Psychology paper I wanted to publish

  • Literally hundreds of applications for internships

  • Reading "Catcher in the Rye"


Everyday L's of life

  • Getting judged by my residents for my caffeine addiction 

  • Regularly falling asleep while doing my readings 

  • Getting caught taking a nap in Perkins

On the Bright Side


Memories I made when I wasn't working/studying


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

  • The relationships you have are more meaningful than work or school could ever be. 

  • In the long-run, where you went to college matters very little 

  • You can always change your mind--never feel like you're stuck with your decisions.


TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed


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

  • Learning how to make the perfect fried eggs 

  • All the great thrifting finds I've had over the years 

  • Sticking to a workout routine that I started in college


Unconventional skills


Quirks that make me who I am


Small joys in my life

  • Walking around campus at night 

  • Weekly movie nights 

  • Getting impromptu lunches 

  • Driving through the mountains on my trip home


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

  • Not getting into any SLGs 

  • Failing a midterm 

  • Getting a C+ in Calc


Leaps of Faith

  • Applying to Duke in the first place 

  • Deciding to work for a nonprofit internship my Sophomore year 

  • Dropping my pre-med schedule to focus on PubPol


Life events that have made me stronger


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