Writing to parents about the career and professional development process is always a challenging thing to attempt—mostly because on almost every topic the conversation is very different depending on the student and his/her academic class year. In a newsletter like this one, 500 words go quickly! There is however, one issue that students bring to us from parents, regardless of the academic progress of their daughter or son—career security. So let’s look at that issue today.
Rewind a few years:
As I got home at 11 PM from my late-night graduate class, I was surprised by a package outside my apartment. The return label included the name of a woman I had been in communication with on Twitter. Inside were two professional suits and several long-sleeve dress shirts, as well as an incredibly thoughtful and encouraging note.
Sent from someone I had never met.
Social media can be a powerful thing.
I admit itâat first I wasnât sold on Twitter. How much quality content could people possibly be sharing in 140 characters or less? I really didnât care to read about what others were having for lunch.
Greetings Duke Parents and Family Members!
Check out the recently published fall 2014 newsletter from Duke's Mu Kappa chapter of Chi Omega.
The first week of my freshman year, I received some really important advice from a graduating senior that attended my high school. She told me âone of the best things about being a Duke student is all the opportunities the University has to offer you. Itâs your job to take advantage of them.â As a graduating senior myself now, Iâd like to think this has colored my Duke experience. Iâve had the opportunity to participate in service and academic engagement programs, attend and met numerous prominent campus figures, and travel abroad twice! I leave Duke confident Iâve made the most of my experience.
We spoke to Gerald Tan, a Trinity freshman from Singapore, about his transition to Duke and the United States. The Economics student has a great sense of humor and loves all things food.
1. Where have you lived or traveled?
I have only lived in Singapore. But my Mum was born in Malaysia, so I would often head there to visit my relatives. Itâs a 3-hour drive away.
The semester is rapidly coming to an end, and we all know what that meansâ¦â¦. yup, time to study for finals. Wouldnât it be amazing if we could offer you some secret eating tips to help boost your memory? Well we donât have any magic formulas but we do have some good advice.
Think Healthy Fats
There is strong evidence that the same anti-inflammatory properties that help protect your heart can improve memory. These fats include fatty fish like salmon and tuna, nuts/seeds, avocado, olive oil and flax.
Where to find them on campus*:
Â· Try the guacamole on your burrito bowl at Penn
Â· Look for salmon and tuna or other fish on cafÃ© menus (Div cafÃ© offers a salmon wrap, CafÃ© DeNovo offers a Tuna Nicoise salad, Penn serves salmon at dinner frequently, Perk has a salmon salad)
Let me be entirely honest and open in what I’m about to say. Honesty after all, is so little found in conversations about mental health and yet so powerful when it is. I have, like 1 in 4 other young people my age, struggled with my mental health on and off. There have been times when I’ve been sick with hopelessness and misery, consumed with self-loathing and hatred. Likewise, there have times when I’ve been ecstatically happy and grateful. My emotional health is a mental rollercoaster and contains the best and worst memories for me. But it is not all of me.
About Me! Worksheet
I found this worksheet at the back of my closet a few days before I left for college in Fall 2012. Aside from a slightly better understanding of spelling, nothing much had changed in thirteen years, particularly my aspiration of becoming a doctor. So, when I arrived at Duke, I was eager to start on the pre-med journey. I, along with 300 other freshmen, excitedly (and naÃ¯vely, as I now know that nothing good can happen for me on Science Drive) walked up the long flight of stairs to Gross Chem to attend Chem 101.
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