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Isabella Wang
Flags of Fall 2020

This fall, we wrote 12 Flag of the Week articles with countries from the Americas, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

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Jennifer Agor, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center
Explore Careers.

Career and major exploration can be one of the most important, and the most frustrating, pieces of figuring out what to do with your life.  In the Career Center, we like for you to focus on values, skills and competencies, rather than major equals career; the more skills you build and the more able y

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Evan Heisman

What started as a whisper in February, quickly became our new reality by March. 

Now, with only finals left in the fall semester, we can all reflect on the decisions and actions of students, faculty, staff, and the entire Duke community and know that we came together and made it work. It was not easy, and it certainly wasn’t without issue. Will everything go back to normal this spring? No. However, with impossible odds and improbable measures, we completed an in-person semester during a Global pandemic.

It would be irresponsible of me to not acknowledge the loss and heavy burden that has befallen so many because of COVID-19, and this reflection is by no means suggesting that this fight is over or that we have somehow succeeded.  

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MJ Larrazabal & Olivia Liu

Listen to the podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/user-887687518/pfp-podcast-peer-for-you.

 

Narrator: You are listening to the Duke University Parent and Family Programs podcast.

MJ: Hello, this is MJ Larrazabal from the Office of Parent and Family Programs at Duke University. Today, we have the pleasure of hearing from Olivia from the student-run organization, Peer for You. Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us today, Olivia! Could you please tell us your class year, major, and a little bit about yourself?

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Isabella Wang
Ghana Flag

This week, we’re taking a deep dive into another African country, Ghana! Ghana is located in West Africa, and the name Ghana translates to “warrior king” in the Soninke language. Its flag has three equal horizontal bands of red, yellow, and green from top to bottom. There is a black five-point star in the center of the yellow band. The red represents the people’s fight for independence, the yellow represents the gold and mineral wealth of the earth, and the green represents the vegetation.

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
Resources for First-Gen and LI Undergraduates and Graduate Students

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?

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Office of Student Veterans

This year, we asked the military-affiliated community at Duke to share the meaning of service. The following are reflections from Duke students, staff, and faculty.

 

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Rebecca Melaku
Eritrea Flag

Selam! This week, we’re taking you back to the Red Sea, but this time, to the African shores of Eritrea.

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center

If you are a student who identifies as Black, Latinx, or Indigenous, your unique experiences and culture play a huge role in who

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center

Navigating college can be difficult, especially if you’re the first from your family to do so. Many years ago I left my small hometown to embark on a new journey called college. Being the first person from my family to attend a four-year university, I was excited, proud, and nervous all at the same time. Navigating the four years became a huge learning experience as I fumbled my way through campus, learned how to stand alone without my family nearby, and created lifelong relationships. Of course I made some mistakes along the way, missed out on opportunities because I didn’t know what I didn’t know, and underestimated resources that could have made my college years much easier.

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