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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.”

Blog Author:
Elena Cavallero
Azores

Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe. Before becoming the country that is today the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Swabian, Visigoths and Arabs dominated and passed by the western part of the Iberic peninsula. Given the long history and developed culture, Portuguese language, people, and inventions arrived to influence many parts of the world.

For instance, the Portuguese were the first Europeans explorer to arrive in the unknown lands of America and Africa. Portugal went on to establish many colonies and create its own monopolies. Brazil was discovered in 1500 and became Portugal’s richest colony. 

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Eva Hong
Madagascar

Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar (the fourth-largest island in the world), and numerous smaller peripheral islands. Malagasy and French are both official languages of the state. The majority of the population adheres to traditional beliefs, Christianity, or an amalgamation of both.

Blog Author:
Elena Cavallero

Singapore in Singapore

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Singapore, also called the Lion city, is an island located on the southern tip of Asia at the edge of Malaya. Singapore is a state-city: one of the rare cases where if you visit a city you also visit the whole country! But the limited geographical extension doesn’t mean that this place has little to offer. Indeed, Singapore is one of the most wonderful “melting pots” of culture in the world.

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Clay Adams, Associate Dean of Students & Director for Parent and Family Programs

During Family Weekend, the Division of Student Affairs hosted its fall semester Duke Parents Advisory Council (DPAC) meeting. This group of dedicated and diverse parents gathers twice a year to provide Student Affairs leadership with feedback and counsel on a variety of topics. This semester’s topic was Faith, Spirituality, and the Academy.

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Elena Cavallero

Croatia, country of wild nature, intriguing history, and extremely welcoming people, it is gradually gaining popularity among tourists heading to Europe. So, if you are planning a summer adventure or want to learn more about this country, scroll down and explore Croatia with us!

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Doha Ali, T'21

Doha Ali is a sophomore from Denver, Colorado. Doha applied and arrived at Duke undecided. Doha is using the fall semester of her sophomore year to decide between Economics and/or Public Policy as her major.

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Kimberly Bethea, Ph.D.

Hello Duke families,

I am very excited to serve as the new Director of the Academic Resource Center (ARC), a campus unit that empowers students to reach their highest academic potential! The ARC offers free services to all students during their undergraduate careers at Duke. We work with students to create individualized, comprehensive approaches to learning. We want every student to gain a stronger understanding of how they learn, and to apply that knowledge to cultivate successful academic experiences at Duke.

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Maggie Haas and Steve Boland

The First-Year Advisory Counselor (FAC) Program is dedicated to helping incoming first-year students transition to college life in order to maximize their experience as a member of the Duke community. Here, co-chairs Maggie Haas and Steve Boland – the fearless leaders of the FAC Program – describe what makes Duke feel like to home to them personally. 

Steve Boland is a Charlotte, North Carolina native majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology.   

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