25 Things About Me

Fuqua’s final application deadline for the Daytime program is in a couple days! So, in the spirit of essay writing, I wanted to give this year’s new essay a try. I actually love this essay prompt — it really gives you a chance to express yourself in a non-traditional manner. So here goes, 25 random things about me.

  1. One of my earliest memories is of an aunt telling me not to call her son by a nickname that she didn’t like; I then proceeded to yell out his nickname 3 times and ran out the room — I was 4! To say that I was headstrong is an understatement.
  2. I am a really talkative and expressive person. I remember as a child, every time I would start a new grade or school, I tried being less talkative, but I couldn’t keep quiet long enough. Eventually, I just accepted it…and now I like to think I’m the life of the party! Haha!
  3. I am the middle child of 3 girls and we lost our parents at a young age. Somehow I always knew that I had to take care of my sisters even though I am not the eldest. Today, I am the person that everyone in my family comes to — no one makes a decision without talking to me. Crazy … I know …
  4. I grew up in Trinidad and Tobago and I would go to a beach, river, or waterfall every weekend. Because of that, I love the water. When I am near water, I feel at peace and at home. It’s my safe place.
  5. I can climb almost any tree — I can climb a coconut tree! Been doing it since I was a child.
  6. When I like something, I stick with it. I go to the same restaurants and order the exact same dishes. Before moving to Durham, almost all the waiters at my favorite spots knew me.
  7. Speaking of sticking with things I love, I met my husband when I was in high school. He was the cutest thing ever … wrote me love letters and all! He sneaked into my band class just to be close to me … good ole high school.
  8. My husband proposed to me in Atlantic City. I had just won some money and he popped the question. He promises that he didn’t marry me for my money, though.
  9. I have a terrible habit of talking in my sleep. I have full conversations with people that I have no recollection of the next morning. All my friends and family know this, yet they still talk to me in my sleep and get mad when I don’t remember our conversation.
  10. I snooze for an entire hour every morning. It’s shameful, I know, but I literally need an hour to awake. If I get up any quicker, I have a horrible day.
  11. In college when I learned that there was a famine in Sub-Saharan Africa, I took a semester off with a humanitarian relief group at my school and traveled throughout the region. To this day, it is still one of my most amazing experiences I’ve had.
  12. I studied abroad in South Africa while in undergrad and I met Nelson Mandela … okay, I only shook his hand, but it was AWESOME!
  13. I am deathly afraid of heights but while in South Africa, I bungee jumped off Victoria Falls and Bloukrans Bridge — the highest bungee bridge in the world. Because the one thing I am more afraid of than heights is people thinking that I’m chicken!
  14. I have lived in a tent, a thatch hut, a wooden house and most recently, a sweet apartment in NYC.
  15. I am a self-professed board game champion! I love board games and I am also really good at it. Before B-school, I held monthly game nights and everyone thought I studied the games because I was just so good.
  16. I really enjoy poetry and quotes. I have books filled with writings that I’ve collected over the years that I hope to one day pass down to my children.
  17. At Fuqua, I am focusing on social entrepreneurship and Health Sector Management. I hope to move into healthcare strategy after graduation. My ultimate goal is to get into corporate social responsibility. I truly believe that healthcare is a basic human right, and I want to work with corporations to make that a reality for every human being.
  18. Un-justified margins in documents drive me crazy.
  19. In my head, I am friends with Beyoncé, Jay Z and Oprah.
  20. I haven’t eaten meat in 10 years. I initially gave it up for a month to get extra credit in a health and nutrition class and I never started back.
  21. I am really intrigued by dreams; I believe that they have meaning and I’m constantly trying to make sense of them.
  22. One of my goals in life is to be physically strong, body builder strong. I’ve recently mustered up the courage to start a training program.
  23. I have yet to see most of the traditional, classical, must-see movies – The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, Gone With the Wind … you get the picture.
  24. I love camping. Something about sleeping under the stars fascinates me.
  25. In an interview one time I was asked how I’d like to be remembered. Without thinking I said “as a really old woman.” Though I thought that answer was silly then, I really do want to live to be really, really old.

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Crystal Brown

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One Response to 25 Things About Me

  1. Valerie Russell says:

    Thanks for sharing more about yourself Crystal! I am a prospective student and I also love this essay prompt. It’s amazing how much you can feel connected to someone after reading 25 random things about them. You seem very fun-loving and generally awesome. I wish you the best of luck!

    I am also intested in social entrepreneurship and Health Sector Management. If you are available to discuss your experience at Duke, I would really appreciate the opportunity to chat with you.

    Kind regards,
    Valerie Russell

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