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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.

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Eva Hong

ZIJUN WANG, An International Graduate Student from China

Zijun Wang

 

  1. What are you studying at Duke and what are some of your campus involvements?

Liberal Studies is a very interdisciplinary program. It offers you the freedom and a lot of opportunities to explore. I have explored psychology, literature, creative writing, and Buddhism meditation. I like it very much. Now my focus is in creative writing and literary translation. As for campus involvements, I am in a poetry club, where I also did some acting.

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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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Earlier this month, the Class of 2017 officially joined the distinguished ranks of Duke alumni. To mark this occasion, Jewish Life at Duke hosted our annual Jewish Baccalaureate – a ceremony celebrating their intellectual, personal, and Jewish journeys at Duke. Parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends traveled from near and far to give a resounding “mazal tov!” to the new graduates and wish them well as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.  
 
Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs, offered the opening remarks. Dr. Moneta spoke about the value of “doing Jewish,” which he defined as: remembering the Holocaust, leading an ethical and moral life, working for justice and equality, being intellectually curious, and caring about Israel. In closing, he encouraged the students to “do Jewish” in their own unique ways.

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Tell us about yourself, Dylan:
I’m a sophomore from New York City majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics
 
Why did you choose Duke? 
I chose Duke because I felt that the campus had the perfect combination of strong school spirit driven by athletics and a passion and commitment to academics. I also felt that Duke best enabled me to grow in ways that I hadn’t experienced before.
 
Outside of the classroom, what are you involved in on campus?

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As always, things are busy here on campus: students are finishing up end-of-year programming, participating in JFAM and Birthright Israel orientation, and getting ready to start studying for final exams. Amidst all that, students across campus still made it a priority to come together and celebrate Passover. It’s always a treat to celebrate the holiday here at JLD; on both the first and second night, we broke matzah with approximately 60 students who joined us at our free communal Seders here at the Freeman Center. Open to all, these Seders offer students a traditional Passover experience that they can enjoy with the larger Duke community.
 

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Blog Author:
Kyle Fox

A nap, a big hug, some really really good food, and snuggling with your dog are a few of the mental images the “Take What You Need” board offers. The end of the semester can be a stressful time and while a weekend at the beach would be great, sometimes just taking a moment to imagine yourself on vacation is enough to catch your breath.