A Blessing for the Class of 2020 by Kenny Green ’20, JSU President (2019-2020)
Felicia Lim is a fourth-year PhD candidate in Duke’s Molecular Cancer Biology program. She also participates in the Global Health Doctoral Certificate Program as she is interested in using her expertise in research to enter science diplomacy and global health fields.
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Australia is the world's sixth-largest country by area and lies between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is made up of the Australian mainland, the island of Tasmania, and several smaller islands. The capital is Canberra, but the cities of Sydney and Melbourne are the economic and cultural centers.
Portugal lies on the Atlantic coast in southwestern Europe. In the north, it is sparsely settled yet scenic, with wild and mountainous terrain. The south, on the other hand, is warm and fertile.
South Africa is the southernmost country on the African continent. The country has three capital cities: Pretoria is the executive capital, Cape Town is the legislative capital, and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital. Other prominent cities include Johannesburg, the largest urban area, and Durban, a major port and industrial center.
These are some unprecedented times. In the past month, our students have experienced a lot to be grieving about, from a worldwide pandemic changing their everyday experience to the postponing of so many traditions and expectations on campus in an attempt to keep everyone safe. We continue to make choices on a systems level, which impact the day-to-day experiences that make the Duke community special. Our students are left to navigate the final month of the semester away from community and often feeling very alone. Students are home and surrounded by the love of family, but this is not the college experience for which they prepared. As a result, we are all grieving and longing for our world to return to some bit of normalcy.
This week, we are highlighting the Czech Republic, a landlocked central European country. Of the country’s 10.3 million residents, 1.2 million live in the capital, Prague. Set on the Vltava River and influenced by Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque eras of architecture, the city has become a draw for writers, musicians, poets, and tourists alike.
This week we celebrate Mali, the largest country in West Africa. It is surrounded by land on all sides, with Niger to the east, Burkina Faso and the Côte d'Ivoire to the south, Guinea to the south-west, Senegal and Mauritania to the west, and Algeria to the north.