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Blog Author:
Larry Moneta, Ed.D. Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear students,

With Spring Break (for those of you who get the time off) about a week away, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you well with the rest of the semester and offer a few thoughts about current events and their implications for many of you. It is not my intent to make this a political commentary, but I want to be sure to express my concerns for the many of you who might be feeling insecure or vulnerable right now as things rapidly change in the national scene. Here’s what I want to say:

Blog Author:
Chris Heltne

Duke University Student Affairs announced their commitment to create plots for the NPHC greek organizations on campus.

Blog Author:
Alex Shapanka

With the end nigh, I find myself taking the long way home, unnecessarily driving or more accurately crawling up Chapel Drive. Soaking it up as it were. Enjoying the flood of years past washing to the front of my mind.

I’m not alone. Walking to blue zone yesterday, I ran into a block of my friends leaving just having paid tribute to Tailgate with key and can. They were strolling through the Indiana limestone arches visiting their favorite spots on campus. Their next stop: Bella Union, a place that makes living in Edens infinitely better (Few can keep Alpine).

Blog Author:
Alex Shapanka

No one warned me about the wall I’d hit senior year. I heard that I would reach a point when I’d just say screw it and do things for completion because I’m almost out the door. I have more important things to do like skipping class and sitting on the plaza with some friends and some of the finest Busch Light or walking to Ben & Jerry’s to get a scoop on free cone day. It’s LSOC (last semester of college – because Duke loves useless acronyms); I’m supposed to be on an emotional high and full of life. Yet whenever someone asks me, how I’m doing I reply, “not that great.” Which generally elicits the “BUT YOU’RE A SENIOR!” response, particularly from underclassmen.

by Dorielle Obanor

In February of my freshmen year at Duke, I had the pleasure of meeting Samuel DuBois Cook, the first black tenured professor at Duke University. I had wandered in to the Mary Lou Williams Center to finish up some last minute work, but my attention soon turned to the small group of students surrounding Mr. Cook in the center of the room. I sat and listened as Dr. Cook articulated the various challenges, experiences, and changes that arose after accepting a teaching position at Duke.

by Alex Shapanka

Before I came to college my mother told me the next four years would define my next forty. As a burnt out high school senior, I didn’t want to hear it. I interpreted her words to mean that I need to apply myself and do well academically so I was prepared for the next step, the real world. But after thirteen years of diligence, I was ready to relax and enjoy my time.

I joined different clubs, some of which I liked, some I quit. I’ve dabbled in different academic disciplines, feeling for something that would hold my interest. Two years in, I was happy with my experience but felt like I had wasted time. Friends were polishing their resumes and setting themselves up for successful careers at Morgan Stanley and Procter&Gamble. I thought I had botched two years of the four that would set up my future.

Submitted by Monika Jengchu Hu.

When it was back in early May, 2012, I was desperately hoping to leave Duke for the summer, to be somewhere else for a change. The 1st year in graduate school had been very tough. Endless homework, super hard questions, little sleep are all I can remember, and in my program we needed to pass an exam in May in order to proceed to the next step – research. Fortunately everybody passed it and the summer finally came.

Hello everyone! My name is Monika Jingchen Hu, a 2nd year PhD student in Department of Statistical Science. I am very glad to be one of the student bloggers for Student Affairs this academic year and I would like to tell you something about myself.

I was born and raised up in Mainland China until the age of 18. After that I spent 4 years in Hong Kong as an undergraduate student. Hong Kong is such a dynamic metropolitan city where Eastern and Western values collide and interact. In City University of Hong Kong I was majored in Mathematics and had a minor in Finance. Besides devotion to quantitative sciences, I have always had great interests in social sciences, so I started to think about applying my quantitative skills into social science studies. Gladly things worked out and I am now at Duke Statistics, working on statistical modeling in social sciences applications.