Blog Author:
Danielle Ngo

Officially known as The Republic of Costa Rica, Costa Rica is a country in Central America whose name literally translates to “rich coast” from Spanish. Costa Rica is south of Nicaragua, northwest of Panama, and bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea to the west and east respectively. There are two main cultures in Costa Rica divided by their locations: the Ticos (Costa Ricans) are typically located on the coast near the Pacific Ocean whereas the individuals living in Limón, on the Caribbean coast, are English-speaking and live in Afro-Costa Rican communities. Costa Rica has a total area of 51,100 square kilometers and a population of 4.59 million. Costa Rica also comprises of several islands, with the two major ones being the Cocos Island and Isla Calero.


Earlier this month, the Class of 2017 officially joined the distinguished ranks of Duke alumni. To mark this occasion, Jewish Life at Duke hosted our annual Jewish Baccalaureate – a ceremony celebrating their intellectual, personal, and Jewish journeys at Duke. Parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends traveled from near and far to give a resounding “mazal tov!” to the new graduates and wish them well as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.  
Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs, offered the opening remarks. Dr. Moneta spoke about the value of “doing Jewish,” which he defined as: remembering the Holocaust, leading an ethical and moral life, working for justice and equality, being intellectually curious, and caring about Israel. In closing, he encouraged the students to “do Jewish” in their own unique ways.

Blog Author:
Dave McDonald, Ph.D., Asst. Director, Duke Career Center and Shuwen Zhai M'17 Economics

Where have all the Economics Master's students gone? The Graduate Student Career Services Team at the Career Center wanted to find out. With the help of our student intern, Shuwen Zhai, M'17 (now an alumna herself), we tracked down alums from Duke's Economics Master's programs using LinkedIn. We gathered data on where these students interned and what positions they found after grad school. There were some surprising trends in the internship and full-time position data, especially around geographic location, position title, and industries. Watch this video to learn more about what we found.



Ever had those burning (no pun intended) questions about sex and relationships but were just too embarrassed to ask?! Well look no further!

The Sexual Health Advisory Committee (aka The SHAC) will be taking questions and responding to them via blog. 

Send your questions about sexual norms, sexual health, relationship advice, sex taboos, figuring out how to know what you like/what works for you, or anything.  Expect the unexpected, the truth and sometimes a good laugh.  We want to answer your questions and make sure you’re getting credible, honest, transparent information from professionals right here on campus.

Send your questions, concerns, comments, inquiries, suggestions, and master plans to and check out the blog to see what comes up!

Congratulations to all graduating students!

The Student Health Fee for Spring Semester 2017 EXPIRES at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 19th. This means that all Duke students who have paid the Spring Fee can continue to utilize Student Health Services (SHS) through May 19th. Depending on your status at Duke, there are different rules that apply after that date. If you are:


Graduating on May 14th – After May 19th, you can no longer be seen as a patient at SHS. You must find another source for health care. The only exception to this is if your SHS provider requests that you follow up for a condition for which you were seen prior to May 19th.


Taking summer classes at Duke – Students who are taking summer classes pay the Summer Health Fee each term.


Blog Author:
Monique Turrentine, Assistant Director Employer Relations, Duke University Career Center

S.E.E. More Opportunities

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Duke Career Center Employer Relations Graduate Team Communication


May 2017

Blog Author:
Meredith McCook, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center

Spring semester has almost come to an end, but before you disconnect and embark on your summer adventures, jobs, or internships, we want to make sure you’re taking the steps necessary to jump back into the fall semester, if you’re planning on participating in fall On-Campus Recruiting this year.

Our Inside Scoop series was a great success and we appreciated getting to share those best practices with so many of you. We wanted to round up our best tips and some insider employer information to help you inform your next steps as you look towards the summer months.

Tip #1: Make a Plan
Mid-May through mid-August may seem like a long time, but trust us that this time will fly by! Get ahead of it and make a plan for a successful fall application and interview cycle.

Study Break and Exam Schedule Event Policy:
Student groups are not allowed to host events after the last day of classes each semester. This ensures a commitment to our academic partners as we support a quiet and studious environment during exams. However groups may host a Study Break. Study Breaks are intended to provide an alternative to events, but not pose a significant distraction to campus.    A study break will comply with all of the following:  1. The activity must be open only to group members 2. The activity must last no longer than 2 hours 3. The activity must not include any of the following criteria that would trigger event registration
Estimated attendance of 100+
Alcohol present
Outdoor amplified sound
Guest Speaker
Political campaign events featuring political candidate for office and/or voter registration drives
Blog Author:
Dana Williams Dudley – Mother of Taela Dudley, Trinity ’17 Class of 2017 Representative and Emeritus Member, Duke Parents Advisory Council

It seems hard to believe that over four years have passed since our daughter, Taela, received an invitation in the mail to the Black Student Alliance Weekend.  What did this mean?  Why would she be invited to campus?  Could she have possibly gotten accepted at Duke?  At 7:00 pm the next evening, that magical moment came when she logged into her Duke account.  What followed were tears – no – sobs of joy!  All of our child’s hard work had been recognized and appreciated - by Duke!  This was the start of an incredible undergraduate journey that we cannot believe is about to culminate in a couple of weeks with Commencement 2017.