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
Photo of Jessie Stellini at the Dear World Event
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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
Emre picture

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?

Blog Author:
Phoebe Kiburi

    Armenia is a sovereign state in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located in West Asia on the Armenian Highlands, it is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Republic of Artsakh and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and Azerbaijan's exclave of Nakhchivan to the south. The Republic of Armenia constitutes only one-tenth of historical Armenia, most of the rest is currently occupied by Turkey.

Blog Author:
Kyle Fox

Earlier this month Duke University welcomed its 10th president, Vincent Price. UCAE was there, behind the scenes, for a week full of activities and events to celebrate this momentous occasion. Months of meetings culminated in dozens of trucks making deliveries to the Campus Center, Abele Quad, and East Campus, met by UCAE staff who quickly took over direction to ensure everything found its proper place. For two solid days the Duke community was taken over by a huge carnival followed by a formal ceremony and a flawless ceremony. 

Dear Students -

The Division of Student Affairs at Duke is committed to your holistic health and wellness. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce that we have now become one of the few universities nationwide to offer convenient, affordable dental care on campus.

The Dental Office at the Student Wellness Center is a full-service, comprehensive dental practice operated by licensed and experienced professionals.  The Dental Office accepts dental insurance and offers a Student Savings program to those without dental insurance.

The Dental Office is located on the first floor of the Student Wellness Center at 305 Towerview Drive.

Talking to First-Year students about their Duke experience. Has it been what you thought it would be? What stands out to you most so far?