Planning to become a high school history teacher and emulate those pivotal mentors in her own life, Gabi never imagined pursuing the Rhodes. Then, over a coffee, Bill Wright-Swadel of the Duke Career Center corrected her misconception that the scholarship was only academic in nature and assured her that a candidate with such holistic qualifications could be competitive. Unfortunately, the Duke Fellowship Office, which shepherds applicants through the process, had a set of initial essay questions due that day. “I had to say to myself: ‘OK, if I want to do this, I’m gonna have to pull an all-nighter.” A few months and several late nights later, Gabi was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship, widely consider one of the world’s most prestigious. And who said cramming never works?