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Meredith McCook, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center
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The Career Center wants you to be prepared and empowered for an offer discussion. Whether you’re in an internship now and seeking a return offer or gearing up for fall recruiting, the steps below will help you advocate for yourself in the process when it’s time for an offer conversation. 

1. Know what’s important to you

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Parent and Family Programs

Families can play a critical role in the health and well-being of their college students. Your wisdom, guidance, and relationships help inform students’ decisions throughout college. We believe that parental conversations about alcohol, in particular, contribute to increased student safety, student ownership of their actions, and healthier and more positive experiences in college. 

Parent and Family Programs and DuWell (Duke’s health promotion and wellness unit) developed the following video to spark conversations about alcohol use and social decision-making before your student arrives to Duke: https://youtu.be/kPd3vfKpzjM

We suggest addressing the following in your conversations with your student:

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Sandra Martinez-Zuniga
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That is one of my favorite questions to ask my students at Duke. I ask it because Durham is the home of Duke University and because so many exciting things are happening here. I also ask this question to help my students reflect on something very important: how are they a part of a larger community, and what

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John Dailey & Kyle Cavanaugh

Dear Duke Class of 2023 Parent,

We are excited to welcome you and your student to Duke. While you may feel both excited and anxious, we want to share some information that may help put your mind at ease. 

  • The safety of students involves many people working together: parents, students, the campus police, Student Affairs, Office of Institutional Equity, Transportation, faculty and staff, etc.  We all have a role.
  • Duke has a low level of crime and serious crime is rare.  Theft of unattended items is the most common crime on campus.         

Messages to share with your student:

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center

Class of 2022, now that classes have ended and you’re out for the summer, you probably have fun and amazing things planned this summer to occupy your time. Have you thought about exploring new skills, hobbies, or interests? If you haven’t, take some time and think about what you would like to try within the next 30 days–then actually do it!

This will give you a chance to learn something new and exciting, add to your personal story as you begin to share those with different individuals, and of course you can add it to the awesome things you’ve accomplished this summer!
I recommend this brief, three minute TEDx Talk by Matt Cutts. It will give you some inspiration and good examples, watch Try Something New For 30 Days.

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Samuel Clay Adams

Duke Families,

Welcome to the Duke community! We are incredibly excited for the incoming Class of 2023 and having you as part of our community! Each year we are thrilled to welcome your sons and daughters to Duke University; their energy and passion inspires our community. Much of our newsletter information will be shared on our social media platforms; however, we do encourage you to read each edition for additional insights, context, and official University response.

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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As the academic year comes to end and you are off to enjoy your summer, please take a moment to reflect on the year you have had and what you have learned along the way. Throughout this summer you may find yourself using some of the knowledge you learned from your classes and projects to showcase the skills you have developed during your first year at Duke and that is amazing!

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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Congratulations class of 2022, you made it through your first year at Duke! I hope that you were able to adjust well in your new environment, learn to navigate through some of your resources, and make new friends! As you are off to enjoy your summer–spending time with family and friends, working, interning, traveling, and creating new experiences, we

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Christina Plante, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center
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Congratulations on getting to the end of your first year at Duke! You are in the home stretch of finishing your classes and moving on to your summer plans. This is a great time to reflect on what you learned about yourself and to think about what you hope to accomplish next year. Here is our best advice on setting yourself up for success in your sophomore year.

Questions to ask yourself

• If I were to choose a major at this moment, what would it be and why?

• What skills do I want to learn in order to prepare for a career?

• If I could do one thing for free, what would it be?

• What can I see myself doing for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week?

• What are the positive/negative sides of choosing this major?

• What jobs/hobbies/extracurricular activities have I enjoyed the most so far?

• How would I spend my time if money didn’t matter?

• What are my goals at Duke? What are my goals in my career and life? How can they coexist?

• What is my gut telling me regarding major choice?

• Have I talked to anyone in the majors I am considering?

• Have I met a Duke alum yet, and asked them what they studied?

• Have I looked at Duke alumni on LinkedIn and/or Duke Alumni Directory to see their majors and different positions?

• What interests do I want to explore?

• Are there any problems I would like to address or solve? How might what I study factor in to my ability to tackle those problems?

• What have I been successful in so far? (You can measure this success by coursework you’ve taken, organizations you’ve founded or been a part of, athletics, or by utilizing a particular skillset.)

• What subjects do I like the most? Do these subjects come naturally to me?

Questions to ask departments or advisors

• Does this major allow for research, study abroad, and/or internships/fellowships?

• Why do students select this major?

• What are the implications of majoring in this subject versus minoring in it?

• How much flexibility does this major have? (Consider those college/life/career goals)

• What are the specific course requirements for this major?

• Are there scholarships/funding available specifically for students in this major?

• What skills will this major help me develop?

• What kinds of jobs do students with this major typically pursue?

• Is graduate school usually required to work in the fields associated with this major?

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