As a senior reflecting on my four years at Duke, I’ve embarked on a lot of adventures. I picked up a minor I never expected, lived experiences which completely changed my perspective, and decided on a career path that I didn’t even realize existed four years ago. So here’s a short bucket list to guide you in your exploration of all Duke has to offer.
When I was a first year, I had a fear of resumes. I did not know how to do the formatting, what experiences to include, or how to describe my experiences. I went the entire first semester of college ignoring that resumes existed because I was lost. However, one day I mustered up the courage to go to Drop-in Career Advising at the Career Center.
Serving as a Career Ambassador this last year has been both a fulfilling and enriching experience. As a Career Ambassador, I had the opportunity to receive support, training, and mentorship from Career Center advisers, help my peers with resumes and cover letters, and develop my speaking, writing, and career-development skills. For me, it was one of the best parts of Duke.
Navigating college as a first-generation and/or low-income student can be challenging in itself. Not knowing the resources that are available and how to access them can make things even more difficult. Did you know that there are quite a few Duke and non-Duke resources available to assist and support you throughout your college experience?
First years, as you are taking the time to get adjusted and acclimated into your new environment, you may want to start exploring Duke and looking into clubs/organizations of interest. In doing so, you may notice that some clubs/organizations will ask for a resume. How comfortable do you feel about your resume?
Do you ever have that feeling where you already know something to be true, but are still occasionally epiphanically surprised by it? I get that feeling a lot, mostly having to do with simple facts that have become part of the fabric of my everyday life, but are still somehow awe-inspiring.