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Blog Author:
Dr. Li-Chen Chin
“Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.”
— Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care, 2001

Blog Author:
Eva Hong

Austria is a country of nearly 9 million people in Central Europe. The majority of the population speaks local Bavarian dialects as their native language, and German in its standard form is the country's official language. Other local official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene. The capital and largest city, with a population exceeding 1.8 million, is Vienna. Other major urban areas of Austria include Graz, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck. The republic declared its perpetual neutrality in foreign political affairs in 1955.

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Blog Author:
Maggie Peterson & Uwa Ihionkhan

Below is the transcript of a February 2019 podcast hosted by the Office of Parent and Family Programs at Duke. If you would like to listen to the podcast on Soundcloud please click this link.

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Narrator: You are listening to the Duke University Parent and Families Podcast.

Maggie: Hello, my name is Maggie Peterson from the Office of Parent and Family Programs at Duke University. We are here today with Uwa Ihionkhan from Duke Student Government. Thank you for being here today! Can you please tell us your name, hometown, major, and class year at Duke?

Blog Author:
Emilie Dye, Director for Student Engagement

To our Fraternity & Sorority Families & Friends:

As the recruitment and intake season for Spring 2019 comes to a close, we wanted to send a note to you all introducing what fraternity/sorority membership at Duke is all about. Many of your students – over 550 – made the decision to join our community this semester, and we are excited for the experiences to come.

Fraternity & Sorority Life at Duke serves to complement the mission of the University through four areas:

Blog Author:
Elena Cavallero

As one of the most glamorous and exotic destinations in Asia, Hong Kong is a special administrative region located on the southern coast of the People Republic of China. The name Hong Kong translates into “fragrant harbor” traditionally due to the natural sweet water and the incense factories that would lie on the banks.

Occupied by the British and Japanese for a long time, it officially became independent in 1997 and is nowadays considered one of the most important financial centers and expensive cities with a GDP of 412 billion dollars. Hong Kong is also one of the most densely populated places on the planet with a characteristic architecture featuring Cantonese and colonial traditions.

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Blog Author:
Eva Hong

Rwanda is a country in Central and East Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Congo. Rwanda is in the African Great Lakes region and is highly elevated. Nicknamed “Land of a Thousand Hills,” its geography is dominated by mountains in the west and savanna to the east, with numerous lakes throughout the country.

 

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Blog Author:
Eva Hong

The Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. Its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents. Other major cities are Brno, Ostrava and Pilsen.

 

Blog Author:
Elena Cavallero

Often considered a dream destination, the Philippines is the nation of green rice fields, never sleeping megacities, and volcanoes.

The Philippines, located in South-East Asia, has more than 7,000 islands all preserving amazing beaches, and marine life. The land is highly populated given that it sits at the 12th most populous countries in the world with a growth rate at 2%. In 1946 the Philippines gained independence after years of strikes against the American and Spanish sovereignty.

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Blog Author:
Eva Hong

Paraguay is one of only two landlocked countries in South America (the other is Bolivia). It is bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. Paraguay lies on both banks of the Paraguay River, which runs through the center of the country from north to south. Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as Corazón de Sudamérica ("Heart of South America").

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Blog Author:
Tom Szigethy, Associate Dean of Students and Director, DuWell
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Tom Szigethy is Associate Dean of Students and Director of DuWell.

In her new book, Dare to Lead, Brené Brown writes, “Wherever perfectionism is driving us, shame is riding shotgun.” She continues, “Perfectionism is self-destructive simply because perfection does not exist. It’s an unattainable goal. Perfectionism is addictive because when we invariably do experience shame, judgment, and blame, we often believe it’s because we weren’t perfect enough. Rather than question the faulty logic of perfectionism, we become even more entrenched in our quest to look and do everything just right.”