As a senior reflecting on my four years at Duke, I’ve embarked on a lot of adventures. I picked up a minor I never expected, lived experiences which completely changed my perspective, and decided on a career path that I didn’t even realize existed four years ago. So here’s a short bucket list to guide you in your exploration of all Duke has to offer.
Picking a major is an exciting part of your college career! It is one of the first big decisions you make when getting to school. Some students know exactly what they will major in when applying to college whereas others want to explore a variety of departments before choosing.
When I was a first year, I had a fear of resumes. I did not know how to do the formatting, what experiences to include, or how to describe my experiences. I went the entire first semester of college ignoring that resumes existed because I was lost. However, one day I mustered up the courage to go to Drop-in Career Advising at the Career Center.
Duke is a breadbasket of opportunity and all it takes is a quick perusal of the class Facebook pages, DukeGroups, or really any bulletin board on campus to find countless experiences that bill themselves as transformative or life-changing.
This fall, we wrote 12 Flag of the Week articles with countries from the Americas, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
This week, we’re taking a deep dive into another African country, Ghana! Ghana is located in West Africa, and the name Ghana translates to “warrior king” in the Soninke language. Its flag has three equal horizontal bands of red, yellow, and green from top to bottom. There is a black five-point star in the center of the yellow band. The red represents the people’s fight for independence, the yellow represents the gold and mineral wealth of the earth, and the green represents the vegetation.
Selam! This week, we’re taking you back to the Red Sea, but this time, to the African shores of Eritrea.
Navigating college can be difficult, especially if you’re the first from your family to do so. Many years ago I left my small hometown to embark on a new journey called college. Being the first person from my family to attend a four-year university, I was excited, proud, and nervous all at the same time. Navigating the four years became a huge learning experience as I fumbled my way through campus, learned how to stand alone without my family nearby, and created lifelong relationships. Of course I made some mistakes along the way, missed out on opportunities because I didn’t know what I didn’t know, and underestimated resources that could have made my college years much easier.
This week we travel to El Salvador! With a population of almost 7 million people, El Salvador is the most densely populated country in the Central Americas. It shares borders with Honduras and Guatemala and has a beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline. The country’s capital and largest city is San Salvador, and the country is divided into 14 departments, which are then divided into 262 municipalities.
For this week’s flag of the week, let’s turn back the clock and dive into Yemen’s rich historical past.