Azeb Yirga

Yirga, Azeb

2017 – Richmond, Virginia

Azeb is a senior from Richmond, Virginia (by way of Vancouver, Canada, Seattle, Washington, and Raleigh, North Carolina). On the pre-Med track, she is majoring in evolutionary anthropology and minoring in political science and chemistry. Since she aspires to be both a doctor and an author, Azeb is particularly appreciative of how her Duke education has allowed her the chance to explore her interests in both the sciences and the humanities.

On campus, Azeb is honored to serve as the president of the Duke Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS). Passionate about mentoring, Azeb has worked with the rest of the MAPS Exec Board to expand mentoring programs within Duke’s minority pre-med community. A firm believer in the importance of preventative healthcare, Azeb also volunteers in the Durham community at Bull City Fit, a wellness center that promotes healthy eating and exercise for the pediatric patients of Duke Healthy Lifestyles Clinic. Recently, Azeb used her Reggie enrichment funding to have one of the most exciting experiences of her college years. As part of a staff ride, she traveled to Vietnam to study the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War with the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS), a program that is intended to train future strategic leaders in American foreign policy. Azeb played the historical role of journalist Peter Arnett on the trip, which allowed her to develop an understanding of the media’s influence during a turning point of the Vietnam War.

Azeb considers the Reggie scholarship and her Reggie family to be among the greatest blessings of her life. She is hopeful that she can leverage the education and experiences that she has gained to make a meaningful impact in her community.