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Surya Korrapati

Hi all! My name is Surya Korrapati and I am a senior from Lexington, South Carolina. Though I will be graduating this spring, I have come to love my time at Duke - it certainly hasn't been an easy ride, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. In my freetime, I love playing badminton with the Duke Club Badminton team - I play men's and mixed doubles. I am part of Team Enjoy Basketball and I just love spending time talking about and watching the NBA. You can find me relaxing either playing 2K on my couch or eating at the excellent eateries in Durham.

L's Taken


"Thank you for applying but..."

  • Literally 99% of my internship applications

  • 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


Everyday L's of life

  • Putting too much sugar in my morning coffee

  • Getting my socks wet

  • Caring way too much about everything

  • Spelling things incorectly

  • Forgetting my umbrella when it rains

On the Bright Side


Memories I made when I wasn't working/studying

  • Playing basketball in Cameron Indoor Stadium

  • Spending time with friends at local restaurants

  • Seeking out lesser visited places on campus

  • Competing with the Duke Club Badminton Team

  • Enjoying Basketball


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

  • No one is harsher on you than yourself

  • People run at different paces in life, but we all end up where we need to be

  • Taking time to see how far you've come will put things into perspective


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 pretty good at puzzles

  • Can fly a plane

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

Things I want to get better at

Things I'm looking forward to in the future


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

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

  • Getting a bad grade in an intro math class

  • Not getting a single internship offer my sophomore year

Ways I take care of myself


Unconventional skills

  • Internal body clock is mad accurate

  • Can play badminton with both hands

  • Master at split-screening my computer to maximize efficiency

  • Can cry on demand - yes this is a skill, no you should not be worried


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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