First of all, I would like to say congrats to the class of 2018 for choosing to come to Duke! Soon you will realize that it was the best decision you have made in your entire life; personally, I could not be happier here.
My name is Justin Johnson, and I am a rising sophomore from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, home of the Krispy Kreme doughnut and Chris Paul. Iâm an alumnus of the esteemed Wilson Dorm, majoring in Economics and pursuing the Markets and Management certificate too. Outside of the classroom, Iâm on the club running team https://www.facebook.com/dukeclubrunning?ref=br_tf and am a member of an IFC fraternity. I graduated from a large high school where I ran Cross-Country and am proud to say that I have completed both a marathon and a half-Ironman triathlon. So message me if you like to run, or if you donât like to run but just want to talk.
I may have only attended school at Duke for one year thus far, but my fascination with this place goes way back to when I was just a little kid sitting in front of the TV, watching Duke dominate on the hardwood. I grew up a Duke fan and was ecstatic to learn that I would be able to live out my dream as a student in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. However, even though I knew Duke was the place for me, I would be lying if I said I was not a little nervous as August crept closer and closer. I had never been to summer camp before, or even away from my family for more than a few weeks at a time, and wondered how I would adjust to living on my own in an unfamiliar town. I wondered if I would feel overwhelmed with new classes, new people, new expectations, but I soon realized that it was all going to be alright. If there were one piece of advice I could give you, it would be to relax. The transition to college is similar to a roller-coaster ride, scary when youâre waiting in line but incredible once youâre strapped in.
When you arrive at Duke a whole new world will open up to you. Thatâs where True Blue comes in. True Blue is a program sponsored by the Wellness Center designed to educate incoming students on all aspects of wellness at Duke. We arenât going to tell you not to drink or go to Shooters, but we will try our best to provide you the tools you need to make healthy decisions, anywhere from the Marketplace to an off-campus party. I canât wait to meet you all in a few weeks, but until then enjoy your summer.