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Zahra Hassan

I'm a freshman from South Florida thinking about majoring in economics and minoring in art history (which I tell people I like to study 'cause I can evaluate male nudes). In the future, I want to somehow contribute to ending the U.S. wealth gap, whether it be through doing economics research, policy making, or volunteering my time and money to non-profit organizations. I enjoy thrifting, playing French Horn, and going on walks with friends.

L's Taken

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"Thank you for applying but..."

  • American Predatory Lending Bass Connections 

  • Several Muser Projects 

  • Scale and Coin 

  • DSP 

  • Duke Impact Investing 

  • TAMID 

  • SOFC 

  • Data+

  • Duke Engage Miami

  • Several attempts at finding a boyfriend

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Things I thought I'd finish but never did

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Everyday L's of life

  • Spilling coffee/food on clothes immediately after doing laundry

  • Losing against the easiest chess setting on Chess.com

  • Hurting myself while climbing/jumping off my lofted dorm bed

  • Ordering the wrong food on the Mobile Order app

  • Getting lost even with Google Maps

  • Bungling French sentences in front of the class

  • Waking up five minutes before an 8:30 class

  • “OH—THAT WAS DUE LAST NIGHT”

  • Smell testing clothes to justify not doing laundry

  • “You are receiving this text/e-mail to notify you that your DukeCard has been turned off due to failure to complete your daily symptom monitoring.”

On the Bright Side

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Memories I made when I wasn't working/studying

  • Talking about the Duke Marriage Pact algorithm over coffee with my favorite Econ professor 

  • Looking up at the stars at the Duke pond with friends 

  • Thrifting the coolest pair of jeans during a date 

  • Dozens of late night Merchants-on-Points feasts 

  • Scarfing down loaves of cheesecake factory brown bread unequally shared among seven people

  • Spinning wildly in the Wellness center egg chairs

  • Trashing finance bros over coffee with Professor Fullenkamp

  • Celebrating five different friends’s birthdays in April

  • Buying out Lobby Shop’s non perishable goods with my hall mates to donate to a food bank

  • Listening to one friend recount the entire history of Kanye West’s life and albums

  • Painting a Trump pumpkin (Trumpkin) that my friends and I smashed after Biden won the 2020 election

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

  • I don't need a ton of material things to be happy (just ask Marie Kondo!) 

  • No one actually knows what they're doing and that's okay 

  • There's no point in competing with other people if I don't want the prize 

  • Never settle for less than what I deserve

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TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed

  • Bojack Horseman 

  • Breaking Bad 

  • The Queen's Gambit 

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray 

  • Survivor 

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up (Marie Kondo)

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

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Unconventional skills

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Quirks that make me who I am

  • My super expressive writing style 

  • My love of artwork and art history (even though I can't draw) 

  • What my friends describe as overly "facetious/sarcastic" humor 

  • My collection of over 40 jars of peanut butter 

  • The sheer amount of time and ways I can complain about le français 

  • My ability to be frugal wherever I am

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Small joys in my life

  • The cat pictures my parents and little sister send me 

  • My morning cup of coffee before I start classes 

  • Finding amazingly unique clothes while thrifting 

  • FaceTime calls with my best friend back at home 

  • Goodie bags from my RA 

  • Receipts with smiley faces and "Good Morning!"s from Bella Union 

  • Getting an email from an old professor I adore 

  • Watching everyone play frisbee and spike-ball on the quad 

  • Seeing the leaves fall in Duke Gardens

  • Blowing wild dandelions on the way to WU

  • Finding Peaches in Mama Bean when they’re in the mood to get petted

  • Sweet, sweet sleep after a long day of classes

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Obstacles I have overcome

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

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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

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