South Africa is the southernmost country on the African continent. The country has three capital cities: Pretoria is the executive capital, Cape Town is the legislative capital, and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital. Other prominent cities include Johannesburg, the largest urban area, and Durban, a major port and industrial center.
As each week goes by, I am finding positive messages help me get through the day and remind me to slow down and be patient. I thought I would share some of my thoughts in case you could feel a little better!
THIS SUCKS—It's ok, you're allowed to say it. Even if people out there are losing their jobs, homeschooling their kids while trying to work from home, worrying about their business, their retirement, their health. No matter how bad anyone else has got it, IT STILL SUCKS.
On the one hand everything seems a bit harder now doesn’t it? Things we took for granted like ordering a pizza or picking up a few groceries are just not the same. On the other hand, you might be enjoying some extra time connecting over food or experimenting with some new recipes or flavors that you haven’t tried in the past.
Whether you are a new cook, experienced chef or a regular “ take out “ person, we’d like to share a few tips to help you stay well when buying and preparing food during this less than ordinary time.
First let me say that there is currently no evidence suggesting that the virus can be transmitted through either food or water. You should however continue to practice good hygiene and not share food or beverages because, well yuck in ordinary times, but now more than ever keep your “germs” to yourself.
This week we travel to South America to visit Chile, one of the longest and narrowest countries in the world. One theory of the origin of the name “Chile” is that it came from the indigenous Mapuche word “chilli”, which means “where the land ends” or “the deepest point of the Earth”. Another interpretation is it came from the Mapuche imitation of a bird call, “cheele cheele”.
These are some unprecedented times. In the past month, our students have experienced a lot to be grieving about, from a worldwide pandemic changing their everyday experience to the postponing of so many traditions and expectations on campus in an attempt to keep everyone safe. We continue to make choices on a systems level, which impact the day-to-day experiences that make the Duke community special. Our students are left to navigate the final month of the semester away from community and often feeling very alone. Students are home and surrounded by the love of family, but this is not the college experience for which they prepared. As a result, we are all grieving and longing for our world to return to some bit of normalcy.
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This week, we are highlighting the Czech Republic, a landlocked central European country. Of the country’s 10.3 million residents, 1.2 million live in the capital, Prague. Set on the Vltava River and influenced by Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque eras of architecture, the city has become a draw for writers, musicians, poets, and tourists alike.
As the impact of this situation starts to sink in and you’re able to think beyond the immediate “What the heck is happening in the world?”, I imagine one of the first things you’ll be thinking about is your summer plan. In light of the uncertainty of things right now, the advisers at the Career Center put together a list of things you can do to build skills, make good use of your free time and create quality experiences for yourself, even without a summer internship, program, or external research opportunity.
We have tried to cover a wide range of experiences and majors below.