Interview with a Graduate: Jaqueline Duarte

Jaqueline Duarte

photo (1)What was your most memorable moment at UM/the Forum?
The beginning of the year orientation and the end of the year “picnic.” Coming into the Forum feeling totally like the newbie and now really feeling like I am really apart of the team and valued as such just feels amazing!

What was your greatest achievement at UM/the Forum?
I think it will be seeing the HOPE Village Initiative (HVI) write up complete. (Having worked on its IRB and all three deliverables, some more than others of course, but still all three.)

What was your biggest take away from UM/the Forum?
It has been an enlightening experience that I feel so privileged to have been able to have had as an undergraduate. Working with such bright people has only made me really believe I can do it, too. It’s been motivating and inspiring to say the least. So I guess, as cheesy as it sounds, my biggest take away from UM/the Forum is that I can truly be whatever it is that I want to be if I work hard at it.

What advice do you have for future students at UM/the Forum?
I would tell future students to strive to be the very best that they can be while always putting their best foot forward because there WILL be people here at Michigan who will take notice and will help!

What is your favorite part of UM/the Forum?
I love the ability to speak my mind and be heard. The Forum makes me feel like what I have to say makes sense and is worth something. It makes me confident that my contributions really do matter and moreover that my work does make this world a better place.

What are your future plans and how did UM/the Forum contribute to that? 
I aspire to one day get a PhD in higher education to do research that will influence education policy to ultimately improve the numbers of students of minority/marginalized groups. So doing research in which we assess Detroit has truly made me that much more ambitious and determined to stay on the path to get that PhD.