Blog Author:
Christina Plante, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center
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Congratulations on getting to the end of your first year at Duke! You are in the home stretch of finishing your classes and moving on to your summer plans. This is a great time to reflect on what you learned about yourself and to think about what you hope to accomplish next year. Here is our best advice on setting yourself up for success in your sophomore year.

Find your groove

Questions to ask yourself

• If I were to choose a major at this moment, what would it be and why?

• What skills do I want to learn in order to prepare for a career?

• If I could do one thing for free, what would it be?

• What can I see myself doing for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week?

• What are the positive/negative sides of choosing this major?

• What jobs/hobbies/extracurricular activities have I enjoyed the most so far?

• How would I spend my time if money didn’t matter?

• What are my goals at Duke? What are my goals in my career and life? How can they coexist?

• What is my gut telling me regarding major choice?

• Have I talked to anyone in the majors I am considering?

• Have I met a Duke alum yet, and asked them what they studied?

• Have I looked at Duke alumni on LinkedIn and/or Duke Alumni Directory to see their majors and different positions?

• What interests do I want to explore?

• Are there any problems I would like to address or solve? How might what I study factor in to my ability to tackle those problems?

• What have I been successful in so far? (You can measure this success by coursework you’ve taken, organizations you’ve founded or been a part of, athletics, or by utilizing a particular skillset.)

• What subjects do I like the most? Do these subjects come naturally to me?

Questions to ask departments or advisors

• Does this major allow for research, study abroad, and/or internships/fellowships?

• Why do students select this major?

• What are the implications of majoring in this subject versus minoring in it?

• How much flexibility does this major have? (Consider those college/life/career goals)

• What are the specific course requirements for this major?

• Are there scholarships/funding available specifically for students in this major?

• What skills will this major help me develop?

• What kinds of jobs do students with this major typically pursue?

• Is graduate school usually required to work in the fields associated with this major?

Blog Author:
Elena Cavallero

The island of Mauritius, part of the Mascarene Islands, is just east of Madagascar, southeast of Seychelles, and northeast of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. The areas of the country id 790 square miles, 1200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa.

Mauritius was a British colony from 1810 till 1968 when it achieved independence, it was also previously colonized by the Dutch and French. The largest city of the island and also the capital is Port Louis.

Blog Author:
Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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If you have an interest in sports, statistics, and/or computer science and you missed Charlie Rolf’s lunch presentation, you missed a real treat! During his presentation, Charlie talked about his path to the NBA, the exciting work he does, answered student questions, and stayed behind to connect with students. If you’re super disappointed you missed it, you’re in luck, I took some notes to provide insight about Charlie and what he does!

Blog Author:
Samuel Clay Adams

During the final weekend of March, the Division of Student Affairs hosted their spring semester Duke Parents Advisory Council (DPAC) meeting.  Friday evening approximately 25 families and their students joined us at the Washington-Duke Inn for an opening reception, highlighted by welcoming remarks by the Pratt School of Engineering's, Dean Bellamkonda. He shared his appreciation for the volunteer role our parents and families play in providing feedback on critical student issues.

Blog Author:
Tatum Riley

Narrator: You are listening to the Duke University Parent and Family Programs podcast.

Maggie: Hello, this is Maggie Peterson from the Office of Parent and Family Programs at Duke University. We are here today with Tatum Riley. Thank you for being here to chat with us today, Tatum! Could you please start by telling us your hometown, major, and class year at Duke? 

Tatum: Hi! I’m from Phoenix, Arizona. Currently I’m decided that I am probably going to major in public policy and psychology. I’m going to do an interdepartmental major, and I am a freshman at Duke—class of 2022.

Maggie: Great, thanks! So today I’d love to chat about your reflections on your first year at Duke. Let’s start by talking about move-in day. So when you moved into your dorm in August, what emotions did you experience?

Blog Author:
Eva Hong

Chile is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Southern Chile is rich in forests and grazing lands, and features a string of volcanoes and lakes.

Blog Author:
Nathan Wilson, M.Ed., Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center

Whether vying for a job, an internship, a scholarship, or even admission to graduate or professional school, interviewing is likely to be part of the process, and for many, the most difficult part. After all, how can you prepare to answer questions when you don’t know what they are? Any interview will require a degree of improvisation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare. In fact, preparing and finding the confidence to ace your interview is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4.

A Devil's Perspective

Hey Duke Students!

This semester, I’ve been super stressed about what I want to accomplish this summer. Should I apply for a DukeEngage program to study abroad and immerse myself in a new culture, or work in New York City with a big consulting firm? Obviously, these two paths (for examples sake) will provide me with very different experiences… So, which one is the right choice?

Blog Author:
Natalie Le


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Having recently visited over spring break, I can say with confidence that Copenhagen is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever gone. Everyone seemed so content and at ease, and the pace of life was far different from what I expected from a tourist hotspot: rather than bustling streets and crowded spaces, Copenhagen was quiet and expansive. Everyone went at their own pace, and there wasn’t an overwhelming sense of stress and urgency that is so common in the States. No wonder it’s one of the happiest cities in the world!

Blog Author:
Leigh Ann Waring, M.A., Assistant Director-Internships, Duke University Career Center
Credit for Internships. Duke University Information

As the spring semester comes to an end, you may find yourself with a fantastic internship opportunity for the summer but in need of academic credit for the experience. This isn’t uncommon as many employers require students to receive academic credit for their internships as a way to have the university endorse the experience. Unfortunately, while Duke University encourages undergraduate students to pursue experiential learning such as internships, it does not grant academic credit for these experiences. However, do not despair!