Christiana Oshotse

2019 – Atlanta, Georgia

Christiana graduated as Valedictorian of Westlake High School in Atlanta, GA where she was the youngest in her class at 16 years old. She was the president of HOSA, an organization for future health professionals, earned first place at the Georgia HOSA State Conference in the Medical Reserve Corps Partnership event, and was an AP Scholar with Honors, Co-President of the Academic Reading club and Vice President of Science Club. Also, during her senior year, she worked as a tutor for the Kumon Math and Reading Learning Center in Atlanta, GA.

In addition to her numerous academic endeavors, Christiana volunteers at her church packing food boxes for the needy, and over the years, has led and participated in campaigns that raised money to buy Christmas gifts for underprivileged children, campaigns that celebrated cultural diversity, and service projects that encouraged healthy and safe lifestyles. She is also a volleyball player who has played for her school and club teams.

Of Nigerian descent, the five years she spent living in Lagos engendered her desire to pursue a career of service to the less fortunate. Witnessing the intense healthcare needs of her country is what has ignited her passion to pursue medicine. At Duke, Christiana intends to double major in Biology and Global Health (premed). She is also interested in Neuroscience, Computer science, and literature and hopes to see how her studies can integrate these difference disciplines. She intends to obtain her Masters in Public Health and an MD specializing in either Cardiology or Emergency Medicine.
She is excited to meet amazingly intelligent and talented people from all over the globe and hopes to take full advantage of the opportunity to research, take brilliant courses, get to know Durham, serve her community, and attend Duke basketball games!

Christiana is so thankful for receiving the opportunity to be a part of the remarkably dynamic Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholar community. As some of the many main values that Reginaldo Howard embodied were scholarship, service, social Justice, and leadership, she hopes to continue to grow and exemplify these values even beyond Duke.