This is the final post in the Life Hacks series of blog posts. Starting a new job is an expected challenge but how long has it been since you came to Duke and made a whole new set of friends? These tips and resources should help you in this transition.
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?
If you are a student who identifies as Black, Latinx, or Indigenous, your unique experiences and culture play a huge role in who
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.
As you are researching potential companies to apply for jobs or internships, I’m sure you’re taking a lot of things into consideration. You want to determine whether or not these companies will provide the experience you are looking for, the geographic location, the mission and values of the company, the skills you will have an opportunity to use, refine, and learn, and the relationships you will be able to build.
Something else that you may want to think about is, whether diversity is important to you?
Courtney Liu, â13 Discusses her Life in NYC as a Professional Dancer and Arts Entrepreneur
What is an arts entrepreneur? How do you become one? Courtney Liu, Duke â13, shares insights and strategies sheâs learned as a professional dancer and arts entrepreneur in New York City. It takes more than just passion. It takes flexibility (literally and figuratively!), a varied skillset, and most importantly, the ability to hustle. Check out Courtneyâs story below.
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Graduation date: May 2013
Major(s), Minor(s), Certificate(s): Psychology Major (Developmental Psychology concentration), Markets and Management Certificate
Whitney Arey studied abroad three times as a Duke student before graduating in 2012. Now she's abroad again, this time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa.
She's not alone. The Peace Corps announced Tuesday that Duke is back on its list of "top volunteer-producing colleges and universities." Duke currently has 18 alumni serving as volunteers worldwide, placing it No. 16 on the federal agency's list for "medium schools." It last appeared on the list in 2011, at No. 25. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, 706 Duke graduates have served among more than 215,000 Americans as volunteers in 139 countries worldwide.
By Nikki Smith, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center