Meet the True Blue Cast: JEFF DAY

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Hey all!  My name is Jeff Day and I am a rising Sophomore here at Duke University who is an Electrical and Computer Engineering major with a possible Math double major or minor.  First of all I would like to welcome the Class of 2016 to Duke!  You are truly in for the ride of your life and I hope you come to appreciate this unique place as much as I have over the past year.  Although I am a very recent addition to the True Blue cast (found out I was going to be in it about two weeks ago) I was really excited to be able to go back to Duke early to be a meaningful part of O-week.  I just finishe d up my internship at Department of Homeland Security here in Washington DC learning about the intricacies of government managed engineering ventures.

I believe that every single Duke student gets something different out of True Blue.  For some it can be deciding to avoid some of the “hazardous” aspects of Duke life, such as excessive amounts of alcohol and spending half of your free time at Shooters.  For others it can mean dedicating themselves to the gym to relieve stress and stay in shape.  What I believe is one of the key aspects of True Blue is balance.  A balanced college life is key to staying happy and well.  With so many different things to choose to commit your time to (schoolwork, extracurriculars, greek life, work study, research opportunities, and sleeping), managing your time and keeping your priorities straight can be a bit of a challenge.  I have seen many of my peers become so involved in extracurriculars while simultaneously trying to keep their grades up that their sleep schedule allowed them about 3 hours of sleep a night.  Probably not the greatest idea for paying attention in class the next morning.  Although many of these lessons have to be learned through simple experience, in my eyes True Blue epitomizes the balance of keeping healthy in ALL aspects of one’s life, whether it be social, intellectual, or spiritual health.  So I really hope that our performance you paid at least some attention to the messages that we were trying to send, because they could truly help you during your first couple weeks at Duke.

I hope that you all get as much out of True Blue as I have!

--Jeff Day
 

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