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Doron Kantor '15

 

Q&a wITH doron

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in West Lafayette, IN. West Lafayette is the home of Purdue University, so I grew up extremely close to a vibrant and diverse college campus.

Describe your family.

I am extremely close to my family. My parents are immigrants, and came to the United States in 1987 with my older sister who was only 5 months old at the time. My father has a Ph.D. in Political Science and Philosophy and teaches part-time at Purdue University. My mother has a Masters in Science in Occupational Therapy and works Greater Lafayette Area Special Services, helping children with special needs. My sister Shie graduated from DePauw in 2010 with a double major in Vocal Performance and Religious Studies. Education is very important to my family. My parents always encouraged my sister and I to pursue our dreams and work as hard as we could to accomplish our goals. I know for a fact that I would not be where I am today without the love and support of my family.

How did you discover DePauw?

I discovered DePauw because my sister was a student at DePauw, and graduated in 2010. I feel that I had chosen DePauw when I was 12 years old. It just always felt like home.

How has DePauw impacted your personal, academic, and professional growth?

I have changed my mind about my life goals several times at DePauw, but because of the atmosphere of the university, I have found that this is okay. DePauw did not expect me to know what I wanted to do with the rest of my life the first day I stepped on campus. It has allowed me to explore my interests and find my passions. Because of this, I know for a fact that I have grown as a person and changed for the better.

Who at DePauw has inspired you?

Almost everyone at DePauw has inspired me in some way, so it is difficult to choose a specific person. However, Rebecca Upton has been instrumental in my academic life. Professor Upton is my adviser for my independent major, Public and Global Health. She has supported me and has inspired me to fulfill my dreams. She helped me realize that it is okay to change my major, and pursue what I really want to do in life. Without her I do not believe that I would be where I am in my academic pursuits.

What are your plans after DePauw?

After DePauw I plan to go to graduate school for Public Health. I would like to eventually pursue a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and work on research of developmental disorders in children.

What is one thing about DePauw that you think alumni should know?

I think alumni should know that the spirit of DePauw will always stay the same, but that the campus and students are always changing and bringing something new to the university.