"The KISS program motivated and supported me in my passion for teaching and educational equity my very first semester at Duke. It was the first time that I felt truly validated in my choice to pursue teaching as a career, and it created the momentum that shaped my entire Duke career. It was an unparalleled opportunity to learn about Duke and Durham through a service lens, with professors who cheered me on throughout my entire college journey. It’s also where I met some of my best college friends, and where I grew not only as a student and educator, but as a human. The KISS program is a very special community, and even four years later, it’s one of the highlights of my time at Duke."