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Blog Author:
Danielle Oakley, Director for CAPS

Another academic semester is coming to an end, which means that many of your students might add cramming and all-nighters in their upcoming weeks. Although this might seem like the best or only approach for your students, there are other techniques that can yield better results. We hope that you can help us to educate your students not to wear stress like a badge of courage to demonstrate how hard they are working, but rather shift the culture and think about an approach that enhances brain function through better wellness practices. Your encouragement is important and helping them to focus on the learning process and engaging in self-care, rather than the grade, will help them develop positive life skills.

Blog Author:
Duke Student Health Nutrition Services

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could offer you some secret eating tips to help boost your memory? Well we don’t have any magic formulas but we do have some good advice.

Think Healthy Fats

There is strong evidence that the same anti-inflammatory properties that help protect your heart can improve memory. These fats include fatty fish like salmon and tuna, nuts/seeds, avocado, olive oil and flax.

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Blog Author:
Phoebe Kiburi

    Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is approximately 1,070 km east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina; 1,236 km south of Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia; and 1,578 km  north of Puerto Rico. It was discovered by a Spanish sea captain called Juan de Bermúdez in 1503, after whom the islands are named. The capital city of Bermuda is Hamilton.

Blog Author:
Phoebe Kiburi

Cuba is a country comprising the island of Cuba as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos. Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean meet. It is south of both the U.S. state of Florida and the Bahamas, west of Haiti, and north of Jamaica. Havana is the largest city and capital. Other major cities include Santiago de Cuba and Camagüey. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, with an area of 109,884 square kilometers, and the second-most populous after Hispaniola, with over 11 million inhabitants.

Blog Author:
Phoebe Kiburi

    The Netherlands also known informally as Holland, is a country in Western Europe with a population of seventeen million. It is the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, alongside with three island territories in the Caribbean(Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba). The European portion of the Netherlands exists out of twelve provinces and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The five largest cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Eindhoven.

Blog Author:
Dr. John Vaughn

Every year, over fifteen thousand students converge on Duke from all over the world. As they are being exposed to all of these great new people, ideas, cultures, experiences, and perspectives, they are also being exposed to new strains of "crud". Throw in a lack of sleep, some stress, and the fear of missing out on any of the million exciting new opportunities that Duke offers, and voila – you’ve got what the students affectionately refer to as the Duke Plague.

That's where Student Health comes in. We are fully integrated into the Duke Medical System but we are much more than just a medical clinic that happens to be located on campus. We specialize in managing the unique health care challenges that college students – and their parents! - face.

Blog Author:
Phoebe Kiburi

Romania is a sovereign state located in Southeastern Europe. It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova. It has an area of 238,397 square kilometers and a temperate-continental climate. With almost 20 million inhabitants, the country is the seventh most populous member state of the European Union. Its capital and largest city, Bucharest, is the sixth-largest city in the EU, with 1,883,425 inhabitants as of 2011.

Blog Author:
Emilie Dye

Fraternity & Sorority Life has a new initiative this year! Embark: Fraternity & Sorority Potential New Member Orientation is a program design to introduce students to the benefits and responsibilities that come from joining a fraternity or sorority. Students interested in joining any fraternity or sorority at Duke were informed that participation in Embark is expected – either prior to joining, or during the semester of a student’s initiation. This fall, it includes four sessions, offered at varying times and days to accommodate class schedules.

Blog Author:
Jessie Stellini
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Everyone has a story to share… many in fact. The power in your story is in the human-to-human bridges it builds. That’s what Dear World is all about, and that’s why the Campus Center Programming Committee brought Dear World to Duke.

Dear World is a world-wide campaign that captures individual portraits with a small, significant, detail from that person’s “story” in a “story-on-skin portrait”. Dear World came to Duke to capture pieces of our stories – Duke’s stories. We started on Wednesday evening with a select group of Duke students, faculty, staff, and administrators who participated in the story-telling workshop and then were asked to get their portrait taken. On Thursday, we hosted 3 more workshops. As the “Street Team” coached participants on how to capture the one detail from their story, they listened. They listened for stories that held the powerful messages others at Duke could benefit from hearing and selected those story-tellers to share their full story out loud at the show on Thursday evening. Those 5 students modeled what it looks like to be vulnerable, something that our community often side-steps to maintain the façade of effortless perfection that is so inherently “Duke”. Over 100 people participated in the workshops, came to hear the stories at the show, and were inspired to celebrate stories at the reception that followed.

After one of the workshops, one participant said to me “I love what this is about, but I don’t think I’m going to do a photo, thank you though.” Who was I to change this person’s mind? But I stepped out of my own comfort zone (because let’s face it, that’s part of the Dear World magic – permission to be vulnerable) and asked them to tell me why the photo didn’t feel “right”. “It just isn’t the platform for me to share something so personal,” they said.

But that’s the rest of the Dear World magic – the photo ISN’T the platform for a whole story. It’s a springboard really, for encouraging personal connections in person. The photo is like cracking the door just slightly to let someone know you’re there, but waiting for – rather -- needing them to peek in a bit from their side before you invite them all the way in.

I let this person walk away, feeling like I hadn’t done Dear World justice in explaining how it “worked”. I tried to shake it off. I talked with more people about their stories, their details, their photos. I made brand new, deep, connections and learned more than I ever expected to about people I meet with for an hour every single week. I connected to Duke through the stories of individuals.

A tap on the shoulder, I turned around. The person from before who was so unsure smiled, eyes sparkling, and said, “I’m going to do it.”

That is the magic of Dear World. That is the magic of your story.

-Jessie Stellini

Blog Author:
Masha Stoertz
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Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m Emre from Izmir, Turkey, and I’m a junior studying Economics and minoring in Computer Science and Biology. I’m also on premed track.

Where is Izmir located?

It’s in the south-west of Turkey. Izmir is the third biggest city and is famous for its beaches because it has great weather. It’s also the most secular city in Turkey.

I’m impressed with how many things you are studying! It seems that you are interested in many things – what are they?

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