Tunku Elana Khyra learned of Duke University from teen soap dramedy “One Tree Hill.” As a self-professed nerd who got the grades, sport awards and party spirit, she was drawn to the balance and quality of life as the university portrayed in pop culture. “This was the right choice for me, since other unis I looked at are known to be more intensely academic,” she tells Study International via email.
The American system had other perks for the Marlborough College graduate too. First, its duration. “Uni in the US is four years long compared to three years in the UK — that one extra year meant the world of difference to me.”
Then, there were all the Harry Potter clubs and activities on offer at campus. Khyra played Quidditch, hosted a Yule Ball, made “butterbeer,” and even got to take part in the Quidditch World Cup in New York City.
We caught up with the Malaysian graduate to find out more about how she got to feed her Pottermania at Duke, her semester abroad in Madrid and what she plans to do with her BA in Psychology:
Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Duke University?
As a nerd who did well in my studies combined with being a highly competitive athlete who also loved to party, I was attracted to the balance and quality of life I would get at Duke University. This was…