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Jake Schapiro, Peer For You Peer Responder

Peer For You is now welcoming applications for Peer Responders to serve Duke students for next year.

Applications due March 16. Apply now.

We are a student-run resource that provides the space for undergraduate students to reach out for support and referrals in times of struggle. Any Duke student can send an anonymous message to one of our Peer Responders about a struggle or challenge that they are currently facing. The approached Peer Responder will respond to the message within 24 hours.

John Vaughn has been named the new Director of Student Health for Duke University. Dr. Vaughn will begin his new role July 1.

Contrary to popular thought, stress is designed to help, an alarm that goes off when there is a threat, much like an alarm system in a house. In that sense, stress is not a bad thing. Stress is the body's and mind's response to challenging situations.

The problem arises with our reactions to stress. The skill is to recognize the things that are going to cause stress, and to deactivating the false alarms. Duke provides a number of resources to help students identify the causes of the alarm and physiological manifestations of stress, to take positive steps toward using this understanding, and to add tools for today and a lifetime that will help students turn stress to their benefit.

Dear students,

As we approach the end of this academic year, I write with a few updates, some encouragement and considerable well wishes. It’s hard to believe that this academic year is nearly over and I know that those of you who are graduating are finding hard to believe that your undergraduate years are nearly complete. Having graduated myself in 1972, I can barely believe that I'll be celebrating my 40th year in Student Affairs! Every year has been special and fulfilling and this past year I've enjoyed many, many opportunities to be of support to all of you.