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:
Nominations are now being accepted for the Class of 2019 Duke Common Experience. As a piece of the coming changes to Orientation this summer, we have decided to enhance our Summer Reading program. While we will still have a book the incoming class will read, there will be a variety of programs connected to the book both during the summer and over the course of the fall semester. These will include:
- Virtual content sharing of key themes and ideas over the summer months
- Connection with Alumni Affairs in reading the selection
- Speakers and programs during the year connected to the selection
- One over-arching theme that connects the selection to programs here at Duke during the year
However, the biggest change is the format for hosting the author and discussion about the book and what we seek to do over the summer.
Collaboration & Change for a Common Good
A Reflection on Collaboration in Campus Life
India Pierce and Sean Novak
One way that we can work effectively to create change for a common good is to work collaboratively across communities. With this in mind, India Pierce from the Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity (CSGD) came together with Sean Novak from the Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) to create a program that explored the intersections of race and sexual orientation. As part of the CMA’s En/Countering Racism series (E/C), they created a program for students to gather and explore intersectionality. This was done in order to deepen participants’ understanding of themselves and others as a means to building stronger coalitions for social justice.
What is college life? What is it really that defines the ground floor of the quintessential American college experience? After two years at Duke University, Iâm only just beginning to understand the answer to that question. Hereâs a head start: The answer is you. You are the one and only factor that will define what college life is to each and every person you tell about âthe good old daysâ when you attended one of the most prestigious institutions in the United States.
Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Duke Class of 2017! How are you feelingânervous, hopeful, invigorated? Breathe it all in! Let me introduce myself:
My name is Nancy Su, and I will be a junior this coming fall. I am pursuing a major in psychology, minor in biology, with an interest in health care.
Hello! My name is Grace Befort and I am sophomore, tentatively majoring in Public Policy with an Education minor and Children in Contemporary Society certificate. This summer I was lucky enough to participate in a domestic DukeEngage program in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I worked as a Freedom Schools Intern, teaching a group of ten 5-9 year-olds literacy. I loved my time in the program, but I cannot wait to return to Duke for another year.
As I just finished my freshman year, the wide array of feelings about starting college are still fresh in my mind. I was definitely excited to get to Duke, but also overwhelmed, nervous, lonely, and confused. We at True Blue want to help make your transition to Duke as easy as possible, and help you find balance during your first year.
"Keeping It Real"
Hailing from the streets of Compton, California, I realized early in life that I did not fit the preconceived, stereotypical image of the kid from the so-called âghettoâ. Although I was surrounded by a world of drugs and violence, I was not going to try to become something I was not. I would not let those disparities phase meâ¦ever. I went with my own flow.
Hello fellow Blue Devils! My name is Gabrielle Sawyer and I am a rising sophomore from Washington, D.C. Congratulations on your acceptance into Duke! If youâre on the pre-med track like me, get ready for a whirlwind of a semester. Donât be surprised if you end up changing your career plans every day like I did. Itâs a totally normal occurrence among freshmen. Use this year to explore the many opportunities and classes that Duke has to offer. And in the meantime, also remember to have fun!