After never having left the confines of the southeastern United States, Carson was thrilled to receive the Robertson Scholarship to attend Duke University. As an independent student in every sense of the word, and a first-generation college student, Carson truly appreciated the opportunities the Robertson provided.
On campus, Carson made the most of his undergraduate experience, double majoring in History and Cultural Anthropology, taking on many service-learning projects, and both demonstrating and developing his leadership skills through his work with the Honor Council, Undergraduate Judicial Board, and Residence Life & Housing services.
His pursuits, however, were hardly limited to Duke's campus. His domestic endeavors included orchestrating and driving a group of students to the Student AIDS March on Washington, volunteering via the Robertson Program at Atlanta's Georgia Justice Project, and volunteering in and making a documentary about post-Katrina New Orleans. Carson also became quite the globetrotter: a summer in South Africa, a semester studying abroad in Sydney, Australia, and another summer trekking across Southeast Asia.
Upon graduation, Carson hopped on a plane yet again, this time to teach for a year in Ilsan, South Korea and with two goals in mind: to travel as much as possible, and to finish his book, which he had begun while studying abroad in Australia. By his own account, the year proved a success: he was able to experience China during the Lunar New Year and Japan for Golden Week, and he will be looking to get published as soon as he returns to the States in August 2009. During his free time, Carson takes Korean and guitar lessons and is trying to learn how to cook.
In the fall of 2009, Carson will take his place as one of three members of the inaugural set of Robertson Scholars to study at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia on a full scholarship provided by Julian Robertson. The one-year intensive program includes an internship in Europe, and Carson will graduate with a Masters of Science in Commerce with a focus on Financial Services in the summer of 2010. He then plans to attend law school.