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?”

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 Deja Beamon

Let me start of by stating my New Year’s resolution: I will proofread/edit my blogs from now on. I was really excited and passionate about the last blog I wrote, until I read it a week after it was published and realized it could have been A LOT better. I used it for another application and was able to incorporate Honey Boo Boo. I’m sorry you all missed out on that experience.

Now, onward. As Christmas break quickly approaches, fear enters my heart. How am I going to write four papers without my brain exploding? How am I going to go to happy hour with my friends from back home and still have enough money to buy my family gifts? Will I find the perfect NYE dress?


by Alex Shapanka

It’s that time of the semester again. Perkins is packed. Bostock is bustling. Undergrads are irritating law students by studying in Goodson. Stress is in the air. It’s finals – Duke students secretly love finals.

That’s not sarcastic or meant to be a joke. I truly believe we love finals. Yes, they are the bane of our existence for a week, causing anxiety and baggy eyes. But we also get a twisted pleasure from our suffering.

Cue the standard library interaction:

Vondy Junkie: “Hey. How’s your week looking?”

L2 Person: “Ugh. I have two tests that I’m probably going to fail and a twenty-page paper. I guess it could be worse. You?”

Vondy Junkie: “I’m sorry! I have about the same. One test, a group project, and a twenty-five-pager. This week is going to suck.”

And so on…

by Kaitlin Gladney

Thumbnail If you knew one in four of your peers suffered from some form of a particular illness—an illness that, when left untreated, can make everyday life an overwhelming challenge and even result in death—what would you do? How would you feel if people wrote this illness off as a sign of weakness or were uncomfortable discussing it?