I’m Jacquie Schindler, and I studied abroad in Florence this past fall. As part of my abroad experience, I spent Thanksgiving in Prague with Jewish Life at Duke! My Thanksgiving was delightful, because I spent it in Prague! Although I traveled a lot over break, this was the first trip I went on while abroad that was organized by someone else. It was really nice to have a schedule of amazing activities and transportation! It was also my only trip that really involved a Jewish experience. The only other experience I had was visiting the synagogue in Florence. In my opinion, it was one of the most beautiful buildings in Florence. The dome is visible from the skyline, and on the inside the entire building is covered in brightly patterned wallpaper. It’s also supposed to be a sort of retreat, so the whole area is fenced off and surrounded by palm trees and other exotic plants.


by Nadine Goldberg

New Blue Devils: let me be the millionth person to congratulate you on your admission to the Duke University Class of 2017. Welcome to the Duke family!

As an early decision applicant to Duke’s Class of 2016, I will never forget the whirlwind leading up to December 14, 2011 – checking (and re-checking) the Duke Undergraduate Admissions Facebook page like it was my job, having to excuse myself from a meeting because I was so excited by the announcement that our admissions decisions would be released a day early, and racing to my computer when a call from a friend informed me that the site had gone live before 6 PM. I don’t think I have ever run so fast.

But above all else, it was the first line of my acceptance letter that left an indelible imprint on my mind.

A Letter from Bill Wright-Swadel, Fannie Mitchell Executive Director of the Career Center

A liberal arts buffet is an educational meal of choice, depth, range, and integration - a mix of academics, experience, and reflection. However, a plate too full is a bad casserole, not a sumptuous feast.

During the fall semester I shared a tweet that was an appropriately cryptic version of the above statement on the Student Affairs/Career Center website. It was in many ways a summation of the conversation the career staff has with students all the time. “How can they take advantage of the wonderful opportunity that is Duke, while not becoming so immersed in the possibilities that the experience becomes a chaotic mix of too much, done not well enough?”

This blog is brought to you by Caroline Conklin ('15), a current DUWELL intern.

It’s that time of year again- finals week. We all know it’s coming but somehow it always creeps up on us. Here are a few tips to help you stay relaxed during this stressful time:

by Sean H. Palmer

It is on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Black Student Life that we pause to think about the principal of Ujima in our annual Kwanzaa Celebration. Since restarting this tradition in 2010, Duke’s Kwanzaa celebration has sought to lift up one principal each year in the hopes of honoring each principal in a seven-year cycle.

Monday, 12.10.12, 11:00AM- 1:00PM


Yummy brunch will be served at the Center on the last day of the reading period. Please take a study break and stop by to say goodbye to all of your friends. Rumor has it that Janie and Meda will be baking cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven!

Friday, 12.7.12 6:00 PM


For the past two years we have hosted a First Year End of Fall Semester Dinner. The dinner this year is planned for Friday, Dec. 7th at 6PM. All first-year students who have been or would like to have some connection with the Center are invited to attend. It will be a casual dinner with conversation with the Center director about your first-year experience on the Duke Campus. Yummy food is promised! Please RSVP to to let us know how much food to order.

by Dorielle Obanor

As the end of the fall semester of my senior year rolls around, I find myself in a state of denial. There’s no way I can be graduating in 5 months! Unlike high school, college graduation signifies a true transition to adulthood. Though I have always had a firm idea of what I wanted to do upon graduating the reality of being just months away from leaving my Duke home makes me nervous. I’m nervous about saying goodbye to friends, for many of my friends will be dispersed across the country in various graduate schools, jobs, and even abroad for my friend considering the peace corps. I’m scared of being on my own, no longer can I rely on my plastic card full of food points and flex dollars.

1.   Open any web browser and type in the following address:
2.   If this is your permanent workstation, select “This is a private computer”, “This is a public computer” will log the user out after 15 minutes of inactivity.  
3.   Enter your netID
4.   Enter your netID password


5.   click your name in the top right of the exchange web application.