McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Psychology major, Sociology minor
"Ever since I can remember I was kind of like the therapist of my group of friends. People would come to me with their problems. I always like trying to help people solve their issues."
Christian was born and raised in Bethesda, Md. Both of his parents are in the science field and his older sister Maya is doing business marketing in New York City.
"I started off on the track team here as a walk on, competing in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles. It was getting to be too much to juggle that with school and I also tore my ACL during my senior year in high school," which made it difficult for Christian to return to his peak performance.
"After track I discovered that I'm a pretty good writer so I got a job at the Writing Center. I also like to write poetry." Christian has since had three of his works published in :Lexicon Magazine, the University's student-run journal of arts and literature. Two of those poems talked about his experiences with race. Christian also takes photographs that he couples with his poems.
Outside of the classroom Christian has had internships at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health doing health disparity research on African American males and at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, shadowing a child psychologist and a spinal cord specialist. In 2017 he presented research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Christian is also a member of Duquesne's chapter of Collegiate 100.
This summer he is working as a teaching assistant at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth in Sandy Springs, Md.
"I definitely want to get an advanced degree. I've been looking at a couple of Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology. Christian wants to start a private practice after earning his doctorate."
Coming to Duquesne was "transformative" for Christian. "From the time I was a freshman coming here to now I am just a completely different person."
"I knew no one in Pittsburgh so that was a pretty scary experience. Just trying to make friends was harder. I kind of grew up in the same area all of my life so I never really had to make friends I just kind of knew everyone."
"I feel like I'm more confident in who I am as a person. I do try to push myself out of my comfort zone but I know my limitations. I know what's for me and what's not for me a lot more than before I came to Duquesne."