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HoDC: Humans of Davidson College

HoDC: Humans of Davidson College is a series started by Her Campus Davidson to profile members of the community and learn more about their stories.

“I came to Davidson as a poli sci major because I love traveling and diplomacy.  I lived in New Jersey, Holland, Connecticut, and China before coming to Davidson.  I was so certain in my decision that I initially didn’t like taking core requirements because I knew poli sci was for me. Then the election started happening, and I began to become disillusioned by politics. It was disheartening, but it also helped me realize what I really want to do–or rather, didn’t want to do.  So I switched directions. I thought I would like Econ, and I was doing well in it.  I decided to pursue a career in finance because I didn’t really know what I wanted to do.  Then I got my first Microeconomics test back–I got a 20%. The average was low, but I was clearly well below average. That was a wake-up call.  I could work hard and do well, but it isn’t something I was super passionate about or loved.  That was definitely my biggest Davidson failure, but I moved on and it helped me realize that the world would keep spinning. I took PSY 101 because I had always been interested in the idea of psychology, but I had never studied it before. I really, really liked it.  At this point, I was stressed because it was the end of fall semester sophomore year, and I had no idea what I wanted to major in.  I ended up declaring a Psychology major after I got a really nasty email from the Registrar threatening that I had to declare a major, or I couldn’t come back junior year.  Now I am a Psychology major and an Economics minor.  I’m not sure what I want to do after Davidson–which is frightening because I am surrounded by people who know exactly what they want to do.”

“I think Davidson is filled with motivated and ambitious people, but there is this ingrained feeling as a Davidson student that if you aren’t a super successful banker or doctor right out of Davidson, then you’ve failed. I felt this pressure too, but living in other countries has shown me there are other ways to live.  I have had a ‘recent nirvana’ this year, and I am much happier with where I am.  I learned that I no longer want to kill myself in a career as an investment banker and how to relax as a Davidson student.”

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Andrew Peterson is a member of the Class of 2018 at Davidson College. He was born in Elkin, North Carolina and attended the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM).  After graduation, Andrew came to Davidson, where he is an English major and an Neuroscience minor on the pre-med track.   He began writing for HerCampus during his sophomore year, and most of his articles are human interst pieces highlighitng unique individuals at Davidson.  When he is not writing for HerCampus, Andrew serves as President of Timmy Global Health, a committee head for Dinner at Davidson, Programming and Publicity head of the Civic Engagement Council, a founder and organizer of TEDxDavidson, a University Innovation Fellow with Davidson I&E, and a regular volunteer at Ada Jenkins Free Clinic.  During his time at Davidson, Andrew has spent a summer studying British Literature at Cambridge University, lead two medical service tripes to Quito, Ecuador, went on his first mission to Nicaragua with the Chaplain's Office, and spent a summer conducing biomedial research at NYU Dental School. If you would like to learn more about Andrew, feel free to reach out to him at anpeterson@davidson.edu.
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