The last time I was asked to write a reflection for the newsletter, I was in an entirely different place in my life. The semester had just ended, and I traveled home to Vermont to spend time with family and reflect on the past year and things that were going on in my life. While my reflection last time focused on family, today -- years later -- I find myself thinking about time. The beginning of a new semester is the perfect opportunity to reflect on time, as I hope you had a chance to spend cherished time with family and friends over the winter break. And of course, as we start a new year and semester, that time together feels as if it already passed way too quickly.
Introduction: You are listening to the Duke University Parent and Family Programs Podcast.
Maggie: Hello, my name is Maggie Peterson from the Office of Parent and Family Programs at Duke University. We are here today with Gary from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, also known as NAMI, on campus at Duke University. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness and is recognized as an official undergraduate organization here on campus. Thanks for being here today! Could you please tell us your full name, hometown, major, and class year?
In her new book, Dare to Lead, Brene’ 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.”
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.
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.
The following message was sent to parents/families of Duke students on Tuesday, September 11, around 8:40 p.m., regarding preparations for Hurricane Florence:
The following message was sent to parents/families of Duke students on Tuesday, September 11, around 11:20 a.m., regarding preparations for Hurricane Florence:
The following message was sent to parents and families of Duke students on Monday, September 10, around 1 p.m., regarding preparations for Hurricane Florence:
Dear Duke Class of 2021 Parent,
Welcome to Duke! Your student’s safety is our highest priority. We understand you may feel both excited and anxious, so we want to share some information that may help put you at ease.
It seems hard to believe that over four years have passed since our daughter, Taela, received an invitation in the mail to the Black Student Alliance Weekend. What did this mean? Why would she be invited to campus? Could she have possibly gotten accepted at Duke? At 7:00 pm the next evening, that magical moment came when she logged into her Duke account. What followed were tears – no – sobs of joy! All of our child’s hard work had been recognized and appreciated - by Duke! This was the start of an incredible undergraduate journey that we cannot believe is about to culminate in a couple of weeks with Commencement 2017.