Sam is from Armonk, NY. He is currently a third-year student studying Evolutionary Anthropology on a pre-med track. After graduation, he hopes to go to medical school and become a pediatrician.
Why did you choose to attend Duke?
Sam Honig, T'18, tries his hand at dreidel during this year's Latakapalooza
I chose Duke because Duke has everything you want and more: great academics, great athletics, and great people. It's a place where anyone can feel at home, and that was very important to me when I made my decision to apply here. Of all the wonderful things Duke has to offer, I definitely love Duke basketball the most. Whether in the student section or playing with the band, there's nothing like a Duke basketball game in Cameron.
Outside of the classroom, what are you involved in on campus?
I am involved in Jewish Student Union (JSU), I volunteer at the Duke Canine Cognition Center, where I work to learn more about the cognitive development of dogs, I play clarinet in the Duke University Marching Band, and I am a brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity.
Why did you decide to join AEPi?
I decided to join AEPi because it is the national Jewish fraternity and because I felt that the people in the chapter here at Duke really share the values that I try to live my life by. The most memorable part of my time in AEPi so far was last year's Passover Seder, for which I prepared Mazto Ball Soup for 100 people -- it was a huge hit!
You've been such a leader for Jewish Life at Duke. Can you tell us a little about what you've been involved in?
I sit on the Executive Board as the General Board Liaison for the Jewish Student Union. I attend exec meetings and help plan events run by the board. I also run general board meetings and lead events planned by that board. For example, most recently for Latkapalooza, the board worked together to make sure we put on a successful event with large attendance and lots of food so that everyone could enjoy the Hanukkah celebration. During the High Holy Days, I also have the honor of serving as the shofar blower for the Duke congregation.
What has been your favorite JLD experience to date?
The JSU B'nai Mitzvah. Every year, the event is a blast, and this year I'm the head planner for it. I'm really excited for the opportunity.