Major: Biological Chemistry
Hometown: Lincoln, Rhode Island

Cassandra Duarte '12

What's been your most memorable course so far?

My most memorable course so far has been WGST 340: Global Health with Professor Galarneau. This seminar-style course forced me to challenge my current views on health, health care, and what we as a society can do to improve the health of all people. Professor Galarneau is an amazing instructor who truly pushes her students to answer the more difficult questions that those interested in public health face. With only about 12 of us in the course, this intimate atmosphere really allowed for some interesting and provocative discussion that has re-shaped where I stand in terms of my career goals as someone with a vested interest in public health.

Do you get off-campus much?

As captain of the Wellesley Equestrian Team (WET), I spend a lot of time off campus at Rising Star Equestrian Center, the barn that our team competes out of. WET is a club sport here at Wellesley and is a really great organization to join if you have riding experience and want to continue while in college, or if you've never ridden a horse before and want to start now! We take people of all skills and experience levels. Being able to go off campus at least once a week for a riding lesson really helps members of the team relax and take a break from academic work. The barn is a welcoming place and all of the school horses that we ride are absolutely wonderful! If you want more information about the team, go to our website .

The Equestrian Team. Cassandra is kneeling to the right of their stool (tall blue socks).


Can you describe a campus event you think is really fun?

For the past few semesters PERA (Physical Education, Recreation, Athletics) has put on an event called "Rock the Sports Center," which has been awesome! It is meant to allow students to become more familiar with the sport center and not be intimidated to go there and have fun. There are always great healthy snacks and fun things to do like climb our new rock wall.

Have you done an internship or special program while at Wellesley?

This past summer I participated in the Lumpkin Institute for Service Learning, an internship opportunity offered by the Center for Work and Service. I was able to live and work in Boston with six other Wellesley students. We all worked at different service organizations that challenge the social norms of Boston and work toward social justice. I was a student intern on the Housing Team at Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston, a legal aid organization partnered with Boston Medical Center. It was an illuminating experience that provided me with more insight about the field of public health and also gave me some great experience in working with low-income and minority groups in Boston.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

The arboretum! It is a beautiful place where you can hang out with friends and relax.

What advice would you give to a prospective Wellesley student?

Do it! Wellesley is an awesome institution that truly offers its students precious opportunities that other colleges cannot even come close to. You won't regret it.

Want to share a fun fact about yourself?

I am a Sensei in Kenpo karate.