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Rebecca Melaku
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With a land area of ~603,600 sq mi, Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe after Russia. It’s bordered by Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova. The geography of Ukraine includes the Carpathian and Crimean mountain ranges, the steppes that run from Hungary to Manchuria in the east, and the Black Sea which lies alongside its southeastern border. Kyiv, the capital city that’s home to over 2.8 million inhabitants, is located in north-central Ukraine on the Dnieper river.

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Isabella Wang
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This week we visit Azerbaijan, a country in southwest Asia!

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Rebecca Melaku

For the first monthly interview of the spring semester, we’re featuring Jade Martin, a Junior at Duke University double-majoring in International Comparative Studies and Korean.

Jade began her Korean language journey as a high school senior and applied to the Duke Language Partner Program before even setting foot on campus. Everything changed for Jade after she visited South Korea for the first time in 2019, the summer after her freshman year. Not only did she discover a different career path relating to international relations and government work, but she also developed a deeper connection to Korean language and culture. Over a year and one pandemic later, Jade has found her way back to South Korea where she is now taking classes at Seoul National University.

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Rebecca Melaku
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The Kingdom of Swaziland, now known as Eswatini, is located in Southern Africa where it is bordered by Mozambique to the northeast, and South Africa to the north, west, and south. Eswatini has two capital cities: Mbabane, the administrative and official center, and Labamba, the royal and legislative center. With a population of about one million, the people of Eswatini are majority ethnic Swazi with a smaller mix of Zulu and White Africans. The official languages of Eswatini are Swazi and English.

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Isabella Wang
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This week let’s visit Belarus, a country in eastern Europe!

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Rebecca Melaku
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Located in the middle east, Israel is a small country of about 13,715 sq mi with coasts along the Mediterranean and Red seas. Israel is bordered by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the Palestinian territories of West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Like the colors of the Jewish prayer shawl (​tallit)​ , the Israeli flag is blue and white with the Star of David in the center.

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Isabella Wang
Flags of Fall 2020

This fall, we wrote 12 Flag of the Week articles with countries from the Americas, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

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Isabella Wang
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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.

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
Resources for First-Gen and LI Undergraduates and Graduate Students

Navigating college as a first-generation and/or low-income student can be challenging in itself. Not knowing the resources that are available and how to access them can make things even more difficult. Did you know that there are quite a few Duke and non-Duke resources available to assist and support you throughout your college experience?

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Rebecca Melaku
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Selam! This week, we’re taking you back to the Red Sea, but this time, to the African shores of Eritrea.

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