Blog Author:
Phoebe Kiburi

    The Gambia is a country in West Africa that is entirely surrounded by Senegal except for its coastline on the Atlantic Ocean at its western end. It is the smallest country in mainland Africa.


Map of Gambia

    The Gambia is situated on either side of the Gambia River, the nation's namesake, which flows through the centre of The Gambia and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Its area is 10,689 square kilometers with a population of 1,882,450 at the April 2013 census (provisional). Banjul is the Gambian capital, and the largest cities are Serekunda and Brikama.

Blog Author:
Phoebe Kiburi


 Fiji is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 2,000 km northeast of New Zealand's North Island. Its closest neighbors are Vanuatu to the west, New Caledonia to the southwest, New Zealand's Kermadec Islands to the southeast, Tonga to the east, the Samoas and France's Wallis and Futuna to the northeast, and Tuvalu to the north. Its capital is  Suva,  a port city in Viti Levu island.

Blog Author:
Natalie Le, Duke Student Health Nutrition Intern

According to a study of over 3000 people, up to 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Unbelievable, right? But in the context of college, where students are constantly dashing from engagement to engagement, drinking water is an essential activity that’s often forgotten.

Here are five ways Blue Devils can escape that 75% and stay hydrated at Duke:

Blog Author:
Jeanine Weaver-Douglas
RA applications

Looking for a way to get more involved?

Hoping to expand your leadership experience?

Really, really, really like leading and participating in ice-breakers and team-builders?

Hoping to lighten the financial aid burden?

Looking for 5-20 staff members to harass in a GroupMe?


Housing and Residence Life (HRL) is currently accepting applications for the Resident Assistant position for the Spring 2018 semester! 

Blog Author:
Phoebe Kiburi

    Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometers, making it the world's second-largest country by total area and the fourth-largest country by land area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border. The majority of the country has a cold or severely cold winter climate, but southerly areas are warm in summer. Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land territory being dominated by forest and tundra and the Rocky Mountains. It is highly urbanized with 82 per cent of the 35.15 million people concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border.

Strong advising helps students identify their academic and personal goals and develop a plan that integrates classroom and co-curricular experiences to achieve those goals.  The Academic Advising Center (AAC) is focused on helping students as they identify and articulate these goals during their first two years at Duke.  As director of the AAC, I am pleased to provide an overview of advising at Duke and familiarize you with the advising resources that can enhance your student’s time at Duke.

Because Duke offers so many academic and co-curricular opportunities, no student can be adequately advised by a single individual.   That is why we have a network of advisors to support students and why we encourage students to connect with multiple members of their advising network.  The key players for each student are described below.

Blog Author:
Larry Moneta, VP for Student Affairs

Dear students,

I'm writing to update you on options for supporting relief efforts for those devastated by the hurricanes in the Caribbean, the earthquakes in Mexico and other comparable disasters across the world. We are working on a comprehensive relief site that we hope to have posted by next week which will serve as our ongoing repository of information about how we as a community and as individuals can help the overwhelming number of people tragically affected by these incredible events. 

In the meantime, I want to call your attention to a set of options put together by several groups of students. Here's what they've asked me to share:

Blog Author:
Phoebe Kiburi


Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles, in the Caribbean region of North America. It is 34 kilometers in length and up to 23 km in width, covering an area of 432 square kilometers. It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 km east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, it is about 168 km east of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 400 km north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt. Its capital and largest city is Bridgetown.

Blog Author:
Phoebe Kiburi

    Italy is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. Due to its shape, it is often referred to in Italy as lo Stivale (the Boot). With 61 million inhabitants it is the fourth most populous EU member state.

Blog Author:
Nathan Wilson, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center
Career Fair picture

Career fairs are perhaps the best vehicle for connecting job seekers and employers. They give students direct access to employer representatives, and employers direct access to an entire crop of eager job seekers. Win-win. Slam dunk. Home run.

But what if you’re not currently seeking a job? What if you’re a curious first-year student without a declared major? What if you have absolutely no clue what you want to do, much less where you want to do it?

The Greek poet Hesiod warned,
“It won’t always be summer; build barns.”