My parents told me that when I was a young toddler, I wanted to be a doctor, dancer, writer, flight attendant, singer, and actor all at once. I was constantly envisioning myself as a new person each time I came up with a new profession; I was always living in the future. I could never pinpoint what I wanted to do. Duke changed that.
Life on East is different. These people are strange! They do crazy things like park in front of the building they work at. Boy, they are missing out on the half-mile hike some of us would take to the office back on West to the Bryan Center. I moved into the Duke Student Wellness Center (or DUWELL, for short.) in the Crowell Building on East Campus where I occupy the temporary satellite location that we’ve come to call CMA East. It is an interesting change. I work right alongside Tom Szigethy who is the Director of DUWELL along with Michelle Johnson, Maralis Mercado, Brittany O’Malley, and Dan Perry, the newest member of the DUWELL family.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009:
Today is the day of all days. Today is the day I find out if I got accepted into Duke University. What a rush! It is 8 a.m., and I run to my computer. As I open my email, I see that I have ONE message in my inbox: the senderâDUKE UNIVERSITY. Should I open it? I was bombarded with a flux of emotions. I was torn between the possible excitement of being accepted and the potential disappointment of being rejected. But I HAD to check. Here goes nothing: click... YES!!!!!! The email read:
"Dear Stephanie Amador,
Congratulations! The Admissions Committee and I take great pleasure in offering you a place in the Duke University Class of 2013â¦"
My name is Jason and I am a rising junior who is a Neuroscience major and Chemistry minor, but have always had a passion for wellness and healthy living, especially in the Duke community. This fall, I will once again be a part of the True Blue cast, though I am currently in Beirut, Lebanon with DukeEngage accomplishing some great strides in tobacco regulation and smoking cessation in the Middle East. The city here is absolutely beautiful and the food is delicious! I encourage all of you to apply to DukeEngage in the future; it’s a very enlightening, challenging, and eye-opening experience.
Have you heard of True Blue? If youâre a returning Duke student, you probably remember bits and pieces from your busy orientation week. If youâre a student who is coming to Duke this fall youâll get to see True Blue for yourself, soon enough!