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Jing Liu

Hi everyone! My name is Jing Liu, and I am a freshman from Fairfax, Virginia looking to major in neuroscience and interested in computational biology. I am also one of Duke Anti-Resume's team members this semester.

L's Taken


"Thank you for applying but..."

  • DukeEngage

  • Multiple acapella groups

  • StreetMed lol

  • A lot of colleges


Things I thought I'd finish but never did

  • Such a Fun Age -- class of 2025 was supposed to read this but I only got through the first three chapters for some reason.

  • Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

  • Multiple k-drama shows


Everyday L's of life

  • Depression and anxiety.

  • Current existential crisis about pre-med.

  • Orgo.

  • Missing the C1.

  • Getting on the Swift instead of the C1 on accident.

  • The WU doors have no business being that heavy.

On the Bright Side


Memories I made when I wasn't working/studying

  • Going to 2020 Duke Commencement this past September! My brother (Ray Liu '19, go check out his Anti-Resume!) has a lot of friends in class of 2020, so he came to Duke to visit and I got to meet his friends and see Ken Jeong's speech.

  • Adding onto the previous point, my brother has visited me multiple times this year. We are very close, and now that I am attending his alma mater, we have become even closer in the past year.

  • PowerPoint night with friends


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

  • Mental health is more important than academics! I myself am still in the process of fully embracing this, but it's true. Take care of yourselves. :)

  • Cherish the relationships you have in your life.

  • Be your authentic self.


TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed

  • Hidden Figures (women of color in STEM!)

  • Pitch Perfect (first one is the best)

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

  • Our Beloved Summer


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

  • Shutting down the internal mental health stigma I had against myself

  • Finding a therapist :)

  • I learned some German on Duolingo (Hallo! Ich heiße Jing.)


Thing I want to get better at

  • Ice skating! I quit ice skating in elementary school, but I really want to pick it back up again soon.

Things I'm looking forward to in the future


Small joys in my life

  • Weather when its in the mid-70s, the sun is out, and there is a light breeze

  • Cheese duck

  • Keeping in touch with high school friends


Obstacles I have overcome

  • I didn't start talking until I was four years old -- it took a lot of effort to get to where I am today.

  • Going to a competitive high school. Although I developed my work ethic at this school, the competition really takes a toll mentally. For me personally, my brother also went to the same high school as me, so I was exposed to the competitive toxicity at an early age, long before I even attended. This is one of the main reasons why I decided to join Duke Anti-Resume.


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

  • Auditioning for StreetMed even though I blanked for 90% of the audition.


Failure that seemed like the end of the world back then but doesn't matter in hindsight

  • Not getting into UVA. Look at where I'm at now; I guess that didn't really matter, did it.

Ways I take care of myself


Unconventional skills

  • I have perfect pitch.

  • I can sing the alphabet backwards.

  • I can sing whistle tones (when my throat feels good).

  • One time I was stuck with the hiccups for 8 hours straight nonstop, so I guess I'm really good at hiccuping for long periods of time.

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