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Nikki S.Z. Smith, M.Ed., Assistant Director, Duke Career Center, and Emma Welch ’16 following an event by the same name for first-year students

First-year students joined in a panel style conversation last night with William Wright-Swadel, the Fannie Mitchell Executive Director of the Career Center and David Ong, the Senior Director of Corporate Recruiting for Maximus, and two undergraduate seniors Emma Welch and Zamantha Granados. The goal was to help first-year students maximize their four years at Duke and begin early preparation for the career searches that would come in their later years. The group discussed everything from how to write your first resume to how to begin networking as early as possible. Read more about the questions and answers below:

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Elizabeth Hoyler, '16

With senior year comes the rhetoric of the ultimates, the finals, the last-times. Planning for my family’s Thanksgiving this year has proved no different. “I told your cousins that this was your last Thanksgiving, so they’re coming up!” my mom told me on the phone last week. What? My “last” Thanksgiving?

I wanted to tell my mom that she was wrong. This isn’t going to be my “last” Thanksgiving like it was my last time book-bagging, last fall in Durham, or anything of the like. But as I think about it more, her comment seems less dramatic and more pragmatic.

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Jewish Life at Duke

Jewish Life at Duke has been fortunate to host many incredible speakers over the years. We’re proud to bring noteworthy individuals to campus to share their experiences, perspectives, and insights. This past month has been especially exciting, as we’ve hosted three very different members of the Jewish community: Ari Shavit, Assi Azar, and Jon Scheyer.
 
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Duke Student Health Nutrition Services

Thumbnail You have heard the term “I slept like a baby last night” right? Have you ever wondered why children get better sleep than adults? The answer may have to do with how your lifestyle affects the balance of certain chemicals (neurotransmitters) in your brain that affect sleep.

Stress, lack of exercise, poor nutrition and the use of stimulants such as caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, prescription or recreational drugs, all seem to cause a degree of imbalance to chemical receptor sites in the brain that may lead to poor sleep.

Children who are well fed, active and not exposed to stimulants tend to have a healthier balance of these brain chemicals and therefore sleep better.

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International House

Thumbnail Honduras is a republic in Central America. It was at times referred to as Spanish Honduras to differentiate it from British Honduras, which became the modern-day state of Belize. Honduras is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest by El Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras, a large inlet of the Caribbean Sea.
 

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Nikki Smith, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Counseling and Programs, Duke Career Center

Common questions undergraduate students ask when they meet each other: 1. Where are you from? 2. What clubs are you in? 3. What’s your major?

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A community response

Jack D explains what happened:

As many of you know, early in the morning yesterday someone entered my dorm and sprawled on the wall of the first floor, “Death to all fags @ Jack.” In just five words and an ‘at’ symbol, my sense of security and safety on this campus was shattered. 

Efforts have been made to find the assailant but the likelihood of success seems minimal. However, the person who wrote on the wall is greatly unimportant.

I would like for people to understand who I am. I wish to be a peer and not a name. I grew up near Boston with a single mother and siblings. I played sports throughout school and spent summers volunteering. I am a freshman but have lived as a proudly out and visible gay man on Duke’s campus. I am Jack. I am the fag. I do not deserve this treatment. No one deserves this treatment.

It's already November! That means the fall semester is almost over and you may be asking yourself how you missed August, September, and October. Don't worry, it's easy for the semester to fly by so fast; especially with all of the opportunities on campus. To provide you with a quick recap UCAE Student Involvement has compiled a few infographics of semester highlights. Hopefully this fills you with some nostalgia for the past semester and encourages you to seek out new opportunities in the spring. 

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International House

Thumbnail Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Guinea in the north-east, Liberia in the south-east, and the Atlantic Ocean in the south-west. Sierra Leone has a tropical climate, with a diverse environment ranging from savannah to rainforests. Sierra Leone has a total area of 71,740 km2  and an estimated population of 6 million. Freetown is the capital, largest city, and its economic and political center. Sierra Leone is divided into four geographical regions: the Northern Province, Eastern Province, Southern Province and the Western Area, which are further divided into fourteen districts.
 

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Jewish Life at Duke

Thumbnail What is Challah for Hunger?  How does it work?
Challah for Hunger is a national organization with chapters present on many college campuses.  The mission of the organization is to fight world hunger and raise awareness of the issue.  The members of the club bake challah on campus once a month and then sell it, donating all proceeds to various hunger charities.  Half of the money is sent to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and the other half is donated to a local soup kitchen in Durham.  Starting this year, the club will also be volunteering at a local food pantry once each semester.

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