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Elena Cavallero

Thank you Rubens for agreeing on being our featured student for the month! As a Karsh Scholar I have been able to appreciate your openness to new students and willingness to help everyone and before you leave I want to share your story with everyone!

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Ada Aka

Let me start by sharing two things that comes up to my mind when I think about Thanksgiving. Firstly, as an international student whose home is approximately 5,430 miles away from Duke, I am always nervous about being left alone during short breaks like Thanksgiving when none of the on-campus eateries, stores, libraries are open for their regular hours and almost all of my friends leave campus to go back to their homes. This year, fortunately, International House organized an amazing Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, Nov 26th, for a group of internationals that included undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty. I thought the event was a great success!

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Triveni Raghavan

Written by: Triveni Raghavan

“We are from Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, UK, Vietnam and many other countries. We are students, scholars, postdocs and spouses. What unites us all is Taxes.” This is not a Tom Lehrer song, but about the last workshop of the Fall 2014 CLG Series, presented by Dr. Li-Chen Chin of IHouse.

Taxes are ubiquitous. So, the workshop began with a discussion among participants about taxation in their home country. Dr. Chin started the presentation by explaining about the taxes that we pay – sales tax, property tax, income tax and the governing structures. Then we plunged headlong into the main topic of discussion for the evening, Income tax.

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Triveni Raghavan

Written by: Triveni Raghavan

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – St. Augustine

When we make travel plans, we often look at the most popular destinations while missing the hidden gems close by. One such destination is nearby Hillsborough, just 20 minutes away. As part of the CLG series, SangHee Jeong of IHouse, organized a trip to this quaint little town, rich in history, culture and beauty. It was a grey, cloudy morning so we trooped into the vans armed with umbrellas, rain jackets, cameras and the itinerary for the day.

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Triveni Raghavan

Written by: Triveni Raghavan

“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know” – Albert Einstein
In this knowledge era, we have to keep updating ourselves to make sure that we are not left behind. There is so much to read and so little time to do it. The only way out is to read faster but, there is a catch – you may not understand / remember what you read. Jackie Ariail, Learning Specialist from Duke’s Academic Resource Center elaborated on strategies for reading efficiently and retaining what you read, at this week’s workshop hosted by Lisa Giragosian, IHouse.

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Tierney Marey

Japan, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, China, England, Korea or Spain…we may come from all over, but we are coming to call Durham home. But with many of us never venturing beyond the ‘Duke Bubble’ what really do we know about our new home? Well, after CLG’s last workshop…lots!

We were lucky enough to have Michael Verville, weekend manager at the Museum of Durham History and marketing coordinator at the Visitors Center in Hillsborough, share his knowledge with us about Durham. We learnt all about the history of Durham from colonists, Washington Duke and tobacco and slavery and Civil Rights. It turns out that Durham has a really rich history with all sorts of interesting people and events.

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Tierney Marey

These boots are…not made for walking! Whilst getting around on foot can be fun and keep you fit and healthy, it isn’t always the best option. Cars are a hot commodity here on campus and so this week at International House we discussed tips on buying a pre-owned car, presented by Annette Moore, program coordinator at IHouse and Paul Cornsweet, a local mechanic.

Now moving on from all the licensing laws, we were asked to consider whether we really needed a car and if so what for? Do you want to get to and from class or work? Or do you need a vehicle for late night Cook-Out runs? What about all those college road trips you’ve heard so much about?

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Tierney Marey

AHH!!! Taxes!

There’s nothing anyone hates more than doing taxes. It’s hard enough at home. What about if you’re in a foreign country? Do you have to fill out a tax return? One for you, or your family too? When is it due? How do you do it? What on earth is a  W-2 or 1099 or 1042S????

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