The Chapel's PathWays Fellowship not only gives participants the tools they need to discern their vocational and spiritual direction, but it also gives them opportunities for exploration, leadership, mentorship, service, and formation deeply rooted in the local community and their Christian traditions. Here are the PathWays Fellows for 2020–21:
Born and raised in Colorado, four years later, Grace Feng, T ’20, is still adjusting to the humidity in North Carolina. She graduated from Duke with a major in neuroscience and minors in global health and Zoom. As an undergraduate, she was involved with Duke Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Duke University Marching Band. As she applies to medical school, Grace is excited to work with the Duke Department of Family Medicine and Community Health to deepen her capacity to walk with and serve others. Grace looks forward to the ways she and her housemates will intentionally and creatively build community with each other and the Durham community amidst the ongoing pandemic.
Lily Koning, T ’20, graduated from Duke with an International Comparative Studies major and Education and Global Health minors. On campus, she was a proud member and leader of the Global Citizenship & Ethics living-learning community and the Duke Episcopal Center. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, she also enjoyed tutoring Durham Public School students through America Reads/America Counts and mentoring refugees with the Duke Citizenship Lab. As a PathWays Fellow, she is excited to grow personally, professionally, and spiritually. She hopes to gain a greater understanding of her role within potential careers and communities. She is also looking forward to her time working with World Relief Durham, a refugee resettlement agency committed to supporting refugees in the Triangle.
Karissa Tu, T ’20, graduated from Duke with a major in biology and a certificate in documentary studies. She was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, where mountains surrounded her on all sides. Through her time in Duke Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, she grew a love for building community. As an aspiring medical professional, she looks forward to merging her passions for storytelling and human health in a community context through her work with Duke Family Medicine and Community Health. Karissa chose the Pathways Fellowship because she hopes to continue learning about the history and people of Durham and how she can faithfully participate in the place she has grown to call a second home.
Junette Yu, T ’20, is grateful for this gift of enjoying more time in Durham after graduating from Duke with majors in neuroscience and linguistics, and a marine science and conservation leadership certificate. She was born in Singapore and grew up moving around to several countries before arriving in Durham for college. Durham is probably now the place she has lived the longest consecutively, though not cumulatively. After a transformative clinical neurology class in Copenhagen, Junette solidified the conviction to pursue a long-standing interest in medicine. In the Pathways Fellowship, Junette will be serving in the Duke Division of Family Medicine and Community Health. She hopes to cultivate a deep sensitivity to the intersection between biomedical, social, and narrative dimensions of health as she prepares for her next steps in medical training. Seeing that a pandemic has both isolated and brought people together in unprecedented ways, Junette is excited about how she and her fellow fellows can creatively engage with the community in the West End and beyond.