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Surya Korrapati

Hi, my name is Surya Korrapati and I am a Junior from South Carolina. At Duke, I thoroughly enjoy learning about various applications of Economics, as well as many smaller niche topics like aviation, physics of sports, and Latin. In my free time, I love playing badminton as part of the Club team here at Duke, as well as watching basketball with friends. Aside from school life, I love doing puzzles and I am a passionate aviator and huge electric vehicle enthusiast - I could talk about these things all day.

L's Taken


"Thank you for applying but..."

  • TONS of Interships - literally too many to list 

  • Alton Aviation Consultancy 

  • US Department of Treasury 

  • Bank of America 

  • Wells Fargo 

  • Blue Cross of North Carolina 

  • BCG 

  • Bain & Co. 

  • General Mills 

  • Data+


Things I thought I'd finish but never did

  • Building a 1,500 piece puzzle 

  • Recovering from a major biking injury 

  • Making a 99+ overall character in NBA 2K MyCareer


Everyday L's of life

  • Putting too much sugar in my morning coffee 

  • Getting my socks wet 

  • Over-exerting myself on dumb things 

  • Caring way too much about everything 

  • Spelling things incorectly

On the Bright Side


Memories I made when I wasn't working/studying

  • Taking trips with the Duke Badminton Team 

  • Playing badminton every Sunday and spending time with those friends 

  • Late night Mexican runs with friends 

  • Making an indoor basketball hoop


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

  • Some things are not worth caring as much as you might think they are 

  • Love the little things 

  • Keep friends close until they become family 

  • Sleep is the most important thing every single day


TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed

  • Psych 

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine 

  • Parks and Recreation 

  • Jeopardy 

  • Operation Redwood


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

  • Survived a bike accident and lived to tell the tale 

  • Actually damn-good at puzzles 

  • Can fly a plane 

  • Knows way too much about Electric Vehicles for my own good 

  • Plays Badminton


Unconventional skills

  • Internal body clock is mad accurate

  • Can play badminton with both hands

  • Master at split-screening my computer to maximize efficiency


Quirks that make me who I am

  • Will laugh at anything and everything 

  • Mis-speaks commonly used phrases 

  • Sticks tongue out more than necessary


Small joys in my life

  • A good cup of coffee/tea in the morning 

  • Watching NBA highlights in the morning 

  • Driving long-distances 

  • Listening to Podcasts 

  • Looking at airport diagrams


Obstacles I have overcome

  • Bike accident 

  • Self-doubt 

  • Perpetual exhaustion


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

  • Run for Club Badminton President 

  • Manage my own apartment lease 

  • Unclog a toilet 

  • Declining an accepted internship position


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

  • Not getting a Data+ Summer Opportunity 

  • Not getting certain classes 

  • Rejected from most 1st round interviews 

  • Getting a C+ freshman year


Leaps of Faith

  • Deciding to attend Duke 

  • Applying to opportunities way outside my reach


Life events that have made me stronger

  • Bike accident 

  • Managing my own apartment 

  • Taking care of brothers (generally) 

  • Getting a flat tire an hour from home, in the middle of nowhere 

  • Driving 17 hours straight


Pieces of life advice I follow

  • Smile 

  • Don't take things too seriously 

  • If you don't laugh at your own jokes, no one else will 

  • You have to be odd to be number 1

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