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The following message was sent to all international students on Tuesday, September 11, around 3 p.m., regarding preparations for Hurricane Florence:

Dear Students, Scholars, Spouses, Families

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Lizzy Huang

Have you ever thought about your identity? Do you think you are often stereotyped as someone from a group that you are thought to belong to? I think many people do not notice these identity questions until they are out of their comfort zone and they feel they get misunderstood; at least I have been exploring these questions since I am away from home. I wish I would learn more about myself and the perspectives from others from the “Identity” workshop this Thursday. The workshop was hosted by Assistant Director Paige Vinson. Our guest host Mr. Tyrone Jean, Assistant Director of Duke Center of Multicultural Affairs, tried to guide us to understand identity through some group activities.

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Lizzy Huang

Have you been watching the U.S. presidential race? You may even be able to say some “big” names since the media coverages are everywhere these days. The President of the United States is the elected head of the state and the head of the government, as well as the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. He or She is considered as one of the world’s most powerful people. No wonder the U.S. presidential election has been closely watched not only nationwide, but also across the globe.

This week’s CLG Workshop, hosted by SangHee Jeong, we invited two American undergrad students, Tarela Osuobeni and John Benhart, to explain the entire U.S. presidential election process.

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Vivian Tan

Get excited! It’s Super bowl season! To help international students appreciate how big of a deal this game is in America, the International House held a Connect, Learn and Grow (CLG) workshop on American Football 101. Byron Turner moderated the workshop and speeches were delivered by two of Duke’s very own footballers, former players Lex Butler and Patrick Kurunwune.

Football is played between two teams with 11 players each. Each team is then further divided into three categories: offense, defense and special teams.

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Vivian Tan

It is often said that money does not make the world go round, but it sure gives everyone the stress and friction in matters that concern financing. However, with adequate knowledge and careful planning, you can do yourself a big favor for yourself when the future comes. This week, the Connect. Learn. Grow. (CLG) workshop focused on educating the international community on how to best manage their budget and personal finance. Our guest speaker, Ms. Sherrie Clayton from Personal Finance@Duke, taught the participants on how we could make informed financial decisions in our daily lives.

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Vivian Tan

Welcome back to the spring semester! The International House kicked off the new year with its first Connect, Learn and Grow (CLG) workshop series on January 14th, 2016. In this week’s CLG workshop, we welcomed about 30 participants to join our guest speaker, Margaret Swezey, Associate Director at Duke’s Writing Studio to discuss and learn about the email etiquette in the United States.

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Lizzy Huang

Different from the U.S., there’s no policy-oriented tax refund for individuals in my home country. That’s why I always look forward to April 15th. However, “whomever said that truth never hurts never had to fill out a Form 1040”. Filing tax forms can be really frustrating. Although I was able to make it with the guidelines provided by International House for many years, it’s still rewarding to come to the workshop about taxes this week, presented by SangHee Jeong, program coordinator at IHouse.

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Ashan-wa Aliogo

On the 12th of October, I took a tour around Downtown Durham with a group Duke international students and scholars. I love learning about different cultures and histories and I saw this as an opportunity to get off campus and learn more about the place I’ve been living for the past three years. I’m Nigerian and it’s always a treat learning about various cultures and histories outside my own. I find it adds more spice to life and gives me a wider perspective on what the world is and is not.

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Lizzy Huang

Glanced through the Billboard Hop 100 Chart, there are at least 5 out of the top 10 that are performed or featured by hip-hop artists, not to mention the hip-hop elements found from other pop hits these days. Hip-hop, like an epidemic, has invaded almost every song you listen in your radio. The heavy drum beats or rapping between bridges, produced by people like Pharrell Williams, have almost guaranteed a hit. This week we had a global hip-hop “appreciation party”, hosted by Lisa Giragosian, at CLG Workshop. Alec Greenwald, the Program Coordinator from Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, took us to explore this worldwide popular art form.
 

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Lizzy Huang

I enjoy grocery shopping and cooking. But it gets challenging when I’m under a tight budget. It’s even trickier if I’m dedicated to eating healthy when I have a tight budget. At this week’s CLG workshop, we have invited Duke Student Health Nutritionist Toni Ann Apadula with host Șeun Bello Olámosù to answer questions about eating and shopping healthy on a budget.

Balance Your Plate
To eat healthy, we need to know what nutrition our bodies need and what to shop in order to balance the nutrition.

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