Meet the True Blue Cast: Jennifer Moreno

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Hello Class of 2016! Congratulations on getting into Duke! I hope you are excited to starting school this fall because you have no idea what is coming your way! I realize that each school says their college offers a unique experience, but here, in the small town of Durham you will be living out the unique Duke experience, seriously. In the first month at Duke you will know what I am talking about.

Many clubs, activities, and opportunities await you at Duke. You can be involved with research, volunteering in the Durham community, participate in an organization that mirrors your passion, whatever it is you want to do, you can start here. Freshman year is a new beginning! With so many activities along with the school workload it can be easy to forget about your health.

When I started Duke, the last thing on my mind was my health. I knew I wanted to live a long life, but did not really associate my decisions regarding my health today to the effects it could cause to my future self. One’s health is the most important thing, but I failed to realize that to be healthy I needed to take steps in order to maintain it. In my mind, one did not really think about being healthy until you were older, but the best way for your health in future years is to start now. Drinking water, sleeping more than three hours, eating a balanced meal, and exercise are very important. Since the excruciating heat and humidity in August, I carried my water bottle everywhere. Hydration is very important, and satisfies your thirst. Furthermore, sleep is an overlooked factor for health. With the upcoming exams and essays, many choose to ignore the fact that humans need to sleep. I learned that the late nights were not effective, but rather during those late nights I was writing nonsense. Sleep is much more helpful when writing that Writing 20 paper. Trust me!  Moreover, the freshman fifteen is not a myth. With the wide range of selection in the cafeteria or choices to eat at Duke, it is easy to let oneself lose control. Do not worry though, this is how I got to meet my friend, Brodie gym. I exercised before coming to Duke, but it was during second semester that I maintained a schedule to go to the gym.  I learned that exercise is the best stress reliever, or as Elle Woods from Legally Blonde would say, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.”

I am Jennifer Moreno, a sophomore majoring in Public Policy with a certificate in Latino Studies in the Global South. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and spend most of my time taking pictures, trying new restaurants, traveling to new places, and hanging out with my family and friends. Since I live close to the beach, I spend most of my time there, but even though Duke is approximately four hours away from the beach, I cannot wait to go back in the fall. I cannot wait until I meet some of you and get excited class of 2016! Welcome to Duke!

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