International House (IHouse)

Int'l Undergraduate Students

INCOMING FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

Summer Transition Series

We are excited you have chosen Duke as your home for the next 4 years.  The staff at the International House welcome you and are eager to meet you!  Our goal is to assist you during this transition in your life and be your home away from home.  We hope your experience at Duke is a memorable time for you to connect with others, learn, and grow.
   
a. Summer Transition Series
The Duke Summer Transition Series is designed to assist in the pre-matriculation of new undergraduate students, parents, and families to Duke University.  The Summer Transition Series is an opportunity for undergraduate international students to interact virtually with members of the Duke community. You have the opportunity to meet representatives from International House, Visa Services, and Student Health. The live Question & Answer Session was held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 10:00 - 11:00am. If you have missed this session, you can have access to the recording here: Click here.

To view the Duke Summer Transition Series on Youku, please click here.

b. Important Information for Arrival

How to get to Duke University from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU):

  • Make an online reservation prior to arrival with Sky Shuttle
  • Take a taxi

How to get to East Campus Check-In Location for First-Year Students from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU):
If you are using a GPS, please use 1368 Campus Drive, Durham, NC as the destination address.  Otherwise, please follow these directions:

  • From RDU, get on I-40 W from Airport Blvd.
  • Merge onto NC-147 N.
  • Take Exit #14 for Swift Ave. toward U.S. 70N/9th Street/Duke University/East Campus.
  • Turn right onto Swift Ave.
  • Go over railroad tracks and turn right onto W. Main Street. 
  • Take the first left into Southgate Circle. Southgate Residence Hall will be ahead of you.

Early Move-in:
Students who have registered for the International Orientation are permitted to move-in early.  Once you arrive to campus, please check-in at the following location.  You will pick up your keys to your residence hall and get your International Orientation welcome packet. 

Early Move-in Locations and Times:

Friday, August 17, Friday and Saturday, August 18

*East Campus Check-in for First-Year Students:

HRL Epworth Residence Hall, 2 Epworth Lane, Durham, NC, 27708

     Friday, August 17, 9:00am - 8:00pm

     Saturday, August 18, 9:00am - 8:00pm

     Sunday, August 19, 9:00am – 8:00pm (If you are arriving on Sunday, please check in after the Orientation finishes at 5:00pm, so that you do not miss the check-in time and sessions at the Orientation.)

*Visiting/Exchange and Transfer Students:

HRL West Campus Housing Office (Few Quad, House HH, Room 012, 420 Chapel Drive)

     Friday, August 17, 9:00am - 8:00pm

     Saturday, August 18, 10:00am - 7:00pm

     Sunday, August 19, 10:00am - 7:00pm (If you are arriving on Sunday, please check in after the Orientation finishes at 5:00pm, so that you do not miss the check-in time and sessions at the Orientation.)

You will report to the applicable check-in location on East or West Campus. At this time, you will be given your residence hall keys and linen package (if you ordered from Blue Devils Delivery). If you will be arriving after hours, we recommend you stay in a nearby hotel and check-in the following morning.

c. Meet Your International House Orientation Peer (IHOP)
Your IHOP is one of our student leaders and will be helping you to make a smooth transition to your college life at Duke.  They serve a vital role in the International Undergraduate Orientation and will be communicating with you over the summer, prior to your arrival to Duke.  This year, we have a team of 18 IHOPs who are eager to welcome you, future Dukies!

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INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE ORIENTATION

Welcome, Class of 2022 International and Visiting International Students!

International House is very excited to welcome you to Duke University and to the International Orientation on Sunday, August 19 and Monday, August 20, 2018.   We hope Duke and International House will be a place for you to connect, learn, and grow.

International Orientation is an opportunity for you to:

  • Be welcomed and supported by the IHOP team and International House staff
  • Befriend other first-year international students and visiting international students
  • Build a sense of community among all the new international students
  • Become familiar with the Duke campus and the resources available here

For many international students, the International Orientation serves a key role in acclimating them to the U.S. and Duke culture as well as a way of developing deep friendships with other students.

We hope you will take part in the International Orientation this year and that your parents and family members accompanying you to Duke in August will join the International Parent/Family Orientation.

Students who register for International Orientation are permitted to move into their residence hall before all the new first-year students on August 17, Friday and August 18, Saturday.

Early Move-in Locations and Times:

Friday, August 17, Friday and Saturday, August 18

*East Campus Check-in for First-Year Students:

HRL Epworth Residence Hall, 2 Epworth Lane, Durham, NC, 27708

     Friday, August 17, 9:00am - 8:00pm

     Saturday, August 18, 9:00am - 8:00pm

     Sunday, August 19, 9:00am – 8:00pm (If you are arriving on Sunday, please check in after the Orientation finishes at 5:00pm, so that you do not miss the check-in time and sessions at the Orientation.)

*Visiting/Exchange and Transfer Students:

HRL West Campus Housing Office (Few Quad, House HH, Room 012, 420 Chapel Drive)

     Friday, August 17, 9:00am - 8:00pm

     Saturday, August 18, 10:00am - 7:00pm

     Sunday, August 19, 10:00am - 7:00pm (If you are arriving on Sunday, please check in after the Orientation finishes at 5:00pm, so that you do not miss the check-in time and sessions at the Orientation.)

If you arrive after hours, we recommend you stay in a nearby hotel and check-in the following day.  

Please contact esra.mason@duke.edu if you would like to learn about hotels close to campus.  

**Please note that you will be charged an additional fee for your housing if you move-in early and do not attend both days of International Orientation.  

Detailed Orientation Schedule will be posted in the summer, so please stay tuned for more details!

Sunday, August 19, Day 1 at Brodie Gym, East Campus, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Monday, August 20, Day 2 at Penn Pavilion, West Campus, 8:30am - 4:00pm
                                  

The registration deadline for International Orientation is Monday, July 2, 2018.

To register for the International Undergraduate Orientation, please click on the link below and complete the form: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cOVmheRRmfuZj13

Join Duke Class of 2022 International Students on Facebook to ask questions and build a network before coming to Duke. 

Questions?  Please contact Esra Uzun Mason (esra.mason@duke.edu).

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2018 INTERNATIONAL FAMILY/PARENTS ORIENTATION

Congratulations on your child's acceptance to Duke University Class of 2022!  The International Parent/Family Orientation is for family members of incoming international undergraduate students, and takes place during the same time as the International Undergraduate Orientation.

We have designed the International Parent/Family Orientation for you to:

  • Become familiar with resources academic and health and wellness resources on campus
  • Meet other new international families
  • Prepare for Welcome Week and transition to Duke

International Parent and Family Orientation Schedule

Day One:  Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 9am
Venue:  Student Wellness Center, West Campus
Topics:  Student Health and Wellness

Day Two:  Monday, August 20, 2018 from 9:30am
Venue:  Richard White Auditorium, East Campus
Topics:  Liberal Arts Experience, US Higher Education, Duke Academic Resources, Guide for Trinity and Pratt Parents
Optional:  Library Tours (RSVP required)

To get more details and to register visit:
https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_efGMoS5oeKypkdn

 

Additional Information:  Will be shared via email once you have registered.

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IHOP PROGRAM

Are you passionate about interacting with people coming from diverse backgrounds? Are you interested in assisting the prospective international students coming to Duke from all over the world next Fall? By volunteering as an IHOP (International House Orientation Peer) during the International Undergraduate Orientation, you will have the greatest opportunity to share your own experiences as a Duke student with Class of 2022 while you get to know the new students, guide them through their questions, help them explore Duke and Durham, make fun memories, and build a friendly community together. To learn more about this opportunity, please read the details and requirements below and register for an interview to be considered for this volunteer position.

Serving as an IHOP is an opportunity for you to:

  • Build community amongst the IHOP team
  • Develop leadership, cross-cultural, communication, and facilitation skills
  • Become more familiar with resources and services on campus
  • Welcome new international students and share your Duke experience

Apply here: http://bit.ly/2hKs9Kl

Application Deadline: November 9, Thursday 2017 at 12:00PM

If selected, you will be contacted for a 20-minute interview. You will get to choose one of the dates and times available.

IHOPS (INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION PEERS)

IHOPS: IHOP stands for International House Orientation Peer. IHOPS are upper-class students who assist IHouse staff with the planning and implementation of the International Orientation. While IHOPS obtain and practice valuable skills, they also get to have lots of fun with their younger peers and set an exemplary model for them as strong leaders, wonderful communicators, and reliable individuals.

PURPOSE:

  1. Welcome new international students and help them acclimate to Duke before, during, and after the International Orientation.  
  2. Build a friendly community of diverse students in a comfortable, fun, and engaging environment.
  3. Embrace the core values of IHouse and the understand the objectives of the International Orientation through IHOP training.
  4. Ensure that the orientation runs smoothly through effective communication and collaboration with other IHOPs, your own group, and IHouse staff.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  1. Attend the pre-scheduled IHOP trainings in the Spring and in the Summer. See the scheduled dates below.
  2. Be available to move in early on August 16, Thursday, 2018 to attend pre-orientation activities and final training sessions before the orientation begins on August 19, Sunday, 2018.
  3. Assist with the planning of the orientation: Create skits for a few sessions, meet with panel presenters & breakout session facilitators to discuss the details of the content.
  4. Provide pre-orientation assistance to new international students in the summer via email. Maintain contact with assigned IHOPlets and respond to their emails with accurate information and enthusiasm. You’ll have 15 – 20 IHOPlets in your group.
  5. Facilitate engaging group discussions and lead activities during the orientation.
  6. Assist IHouse Staff with International Orientation duties, such as registration, set-up, and clean-up.
  7. Communicate with IHouse staff and IHOP co-chairs in a timely manner.
  8. Show genuine interest in the questions and concerns of the IHOPlets.
  9. Be prepared to resolve issues throughout the orientation by taking ownership.
  10. Serve as a peer mentor for new international students through their first semester: First-Year Peer Advising on East Campus at designated times/locations for one hour each week. These hours will rotate and only three IHOPs will be assigned at a time.

SHORT-TERM GOALS:

  1. Understand the core values of IHouse and the objectives of the International Orientation through IHOP training.
  2. Maintain contact with assigned IHOPlets and respond to their emails with accurate information and enthusiasm.
  3. Show genuine interest in the questions and concerns of the IHOPlets and know where to refer them.
  4. Facilitate meaningful conversations with the new international students during the activities and beyond.
  5. Be prepared to resolve issues throughout the orientation by taking ownership.

LONG-TERM GOALS:        

  1. Develop problem-solving, decision-making, leadership, cross-cultural, and facilitation skills.
  2. Return as an IHOP for the next International Orientation.
  3. Maintain a consistent relationship with the new first-year students.
  4. Be involved with other future events IHouse offers.
  5. Continue a collaborative relationship with the new students through First-Year Peer Advising Program on East Campus.

IHOP CO-CHAIRS: They are often returning, experienced IHOPs who provide leadership for the International Orientation at the student level before and during the orientation. They ensure that unity, respect, comfort, and honesty are built among all IHOPs.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Serve as liaison between IHouse staff and IHOP team.
  2. Assist IHouse staff with the training of new IHOPs.
  3. Provide feedback about International Orientation schedule during the spring semester.
  4. Assist with the IHOP training (facilitate discussions)/orientation preparation in the spring and the summer, if necessary.
  5. Support IHouse staff member with the pre-orientation events on Friday, August 17 & Saturday, August 18 & Sunday, August 19, 2018 by arriving early to help set-up and checking in students.
  6. Provide leadership, direction, and motivation to the IHOP team during International Orientation.
  7. Serve as the MC during International Orientation.

MEET YOUR IHOPS 2018
 

The 2018 IHOPs are excited to meet the Class of 2022! 

Ihouse-casia intern

Name: Cassia Caruth
Major: Linguistics with a concentration in Spanish
Hometown: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Languages spoken:Spanish and French
Email: cassia.caruth@duke.edu 
Graduation year: 2020
Favorite Place on Campus: Student Wellness Center
Favorite course: Language and Identity – and I would love to take social dancing/salsa.
Fun Fact: I ate chicken and waffles, hush puppies and peach cobbler for the first time at Duke.
Advice to the Incoming Class: Don't be overly hard on yourselves if you do not perform as well as you expect to in college courses. Not only are the course load and requirements different, but the adjustment period is tough. Know that you are smart and capable to handle what college throws at you, and don't beat yourselves up over the difficult times. On a lighter note, have fun, meet new people, and welcome to the next four years of your lives!
Brief Bio: I grew up in Trinidad and Tobago. I enjoy spending my free time reading and hanging out with my friends. I enjoy meeting new people and having meaningful conversations with them. If any of you have questions, about anything at all, feel free to reach out to me. I can't wait to meet you!

 

Name: Mudziviri Murotiwamambo Washington
Major: Biology with Chemistry and Global Health minors
Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe
Languages spoken: Shona
Email: Murotiwamambo.mudziviri@duke.edu 
Graduation Year: 2019
Favorite Place on Campus: Duke Medical Center
Fun Fact: My name means the King's Dreamer in Shona.
Advice for Incoming Students: Duke University is a fountain of knowledge in every regard. Carefully choose how much and what you want to get from it!
Brief Bio: My name is Murotiwamambo Washington Mudziviri. I was born in Zimbabwe and raised by my paternal grandmother. I did my primary and part of my secondary education in Zimbabwe before leaving for England where l completed my IB diploma on a Pestalozzi Scholarship. I am now studying at Duke University on a MasterCard Scholarship. I hope to go to medical school upon the competition my undergraduate studies.

Name: Kunaal Sharma
Major: Computer Science, minor in Math
Hometown: Bangalore India
Languages Spoken: English
Email: kunaal.sharma@duke.edu
Graduation Year: 2019
Favorite Place on Campus/Durham: Edens Quad during the summer
Favorite Class: CS 510 Operating Systems
Brief Bio: I was born in Raleigh (right here!!), moved to Texas when I was 1, and then to India when I was 5. I grew up in India on a steady diet of TV and video games, did the IGCSE and the IB, and then came to Duke to do Economics. I knew Econ wasn't for me two weeks into my first semester (utility graphs I'm looking at you 😤, but it took a whole year before I dropped it and discovered my love for Computer Science. I have big plans for after I graduate - finding the cutest puppy I can and adopting it, and moving somewhere where it's sunny 12 months a year.
Fun Fact: I once spent a summer working in a Texan barbecue restaurant while also undergoing a brief and involuntary stint as a vegan. 0/10 do not recommend.
Advice to the incoming class: Have fun with your core requirements. At times it can feel like they're distracting you from your major, but they will secretly be some of the most fun and interesting classes you will take. The most valuable resources at Duke are your professors and fellow students - make sure to spend time getting to know them.

Ihouse- advia intern

Name: Adiva Shah
Major: Physics, finance
Hometown: Bombay, India 
Languages spoken Hindi, Gujurati, Spanish, 
Email: adiva.shah@duke.edu 
Graduation year: 2019
Favorite Place on Campus: JBs booth at West Union
Fun Fact: my dog can sing better than me
Advice for Incoming Students: Step out of your comfort zone, and don’t be afraid to try new experiences. Duke has a lot to offer, grab as many opportunities as you can while still not overwhelming yourself.  It’s easy to want to do everything. Be wise with your time and don’t forget to breathe and have fun!  All work and no play makes jack a dull boy. Your identity and your preferences are central to who you are, don’t get lost.
Brief Bio: I was born and brought up in Bombay/Mumbai, India but can now say Duke is my home. A physics major, FC Barcelona fan and excessively extra animal lover - I am always found with my green headphones on my head listening to music, eating white chocolate chip cookies and drinking coffee. I love to workout/dance, binge watch TV shows, drive around listening to music and find new restaurants in the triangle. Duke has been a life changing journey and I can’t wait for you all to begin yours too!

Ihouse-Suman- IHope team

Name: Suman Bajgain
Major: Electrical & Computer Engineering, & Literature (GCS)
Hometown: Kathmandu & Sunsari (grew up in both), Nepal
Languages spoken: Nepali. Proficient in Hindi too but have a terrible accent.
Email: suman.bajgain@duke.edu 
Graduation year: 2018
Favorite Place on Campus: Duke Gardens
Fun Fact: I'm learning Sanskrit, an ancient language often called "the language of the Gods", with a Duke professor. 
Brief Bio: I enjoy watching movies, reading, listening to music (any Coldplay fans out there?), playing ping pong, and just relaxing after a long week.
Duke reminds me very much of Nepal. Because Nepal is situated between India and China, our cultural and demographical make-up is very diverse. Therefore, Duke's student body reminds me very much of my home, and I think this has helped me find a home at Duke. Needless to say, I love my time here at Duke, and even though I am just a sophomore right now, I have been haunted many times by the thought that I will be leaving this place in just two more years.
As an IHOP, I hope to help you guys make a smooth transition from high school to Duke. By now, you have probably heard of the plethora of opportunities that you will have at your disposal at Duke. You will not only have great latitude in choosing your major, but you can also design your own majors out of classes offered at Duke. If even that is not enough, you can even create courses that suit your interest! For instance, last semester, I talked with a professor from the department of Religion who was an expert in South Asian religions, and designed an Independent Study course on Sanskrit, an ancient South Asian language referred by many as "the language of the gods". I had always been excited about history, so I really loved this opportunity to learn a language which, though not formally spoken today, has been the progenitor of many extant South Asian languages. Finally, I am very excited to be an IHOP and I just can't wait to meet everyone!  See you soon!

 

Ihouse- intern Melisa

Name: Melissa Gerdts
Major: International Comparative Studies
Hometown: Miami, FL
Languages Spoken: Spanish, French
Email: mg300@duke.edu
Graduation Year: 2019
Favorite Place on Campus: The gardens on a sunny spring day
Favorite Class: Magic, Religion, and Science
Fun Fact: I collect keychains from every place I've visited!
Advice to the incoming class: Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Everyone is new to Duke freshman year which creates the perfect opportunity for you to try things out that you never really thought you would have the chance to do. Take advantage of all those cool opportunities!
Brief Bio: I was born in Bogota, Colombia but moved to Miami when I was three years old. I used to spend all my summers back in Colombia though so I still very much consider it to be my home country. I love listening to all kinds of music, especially alternative music, french rap, and latino music. I love reading, eating, (sleeping too let's be real), traveling, and getting to meet new people. I look forward to seeing you on campus! 

Ihouse - Kim intern

Name: Hi! My name is Bogyung Kim. Knowing that it is hard to pronounce, you can call me Bo.
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Busan, South Korea
Languages spoken: Korean/ Chinese
Email: bk141@duke.edu
Graduation year: 2021
Favorite place on campus/Durham: My favorite place on campus is Rubenstein library. It is the perfect place to study, eat, and doze off.
Favorite Class: WRITING 101-POPULARITY OF PODCASTS
Brief Bio: I was born in Korea, and lived there for 18 years. Coming to Duke was my first time being in the States and studying abroad. Before I got here, I was 100% sure that I would devote my life in the field of Biology, but I got interested in bunch of other new stuffs- such as computer science. Now I’m not 100% sure about what I will be in the future, but am so excited to try and learn all the new things in front of me.
Fun Fact: I have a dog…and he is older than me!
Advice to the incoming class: Durham is way better than you think.

Ihouse- Amanda- Intern

Name: Amanda Sear
Major: Public Policy/International Comparative Studies
Hometown: White Plains, NY
Languages Spoken: English, French, Mandarin (kinda)
Email: amanda.sear@duke.edu
Graduation Year: December 2018
Favorite Place on Campus/Durham: My bed
Favorite Class: I definitely don’t have a favorite this semester - ask me again in the fall
Brief Bio: I’m a rising senior, graduating a semester early in December (please don’t ask what I’m doing after Duke, I have no idea at the moment). I was born in Canada, but I’ve been living in New York since I was 3. I love to eat, play tennis, do puzzles (like Sudoku, not jigsaw puzzles - hate those), and travel. The coolest place I’ve ever been to was Peru; unfortunately, my group came down with a stomach bug and someone threw up on Machu Picchu when we went to visit. I also studied abroad last fall in Paris through Duke and I would highly recommend studying abroad somewhere if you can make it work with your schedule.
Fun Fact: I came in as an international student (Canadian citizenship) but I got my green card during college. 
Advice to the incoming class: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try things you never would have done before! You don’t know how your interests will change and you should keep an open mind early on.

Ihouse-moses-intern

Name: Moses Makangila
Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Hometown: Lusaka, Zambia.
Languages Spoken: English, Bemba, Nyanja, a little Chewa and a pinch of Spanish
Email: moses.makangila@duke.edu
Graduation Year: 2021
Favorite Place on Campus/Durham: Alspaugh Common room
Favorite Class: EGR 121 (Innovation)
Brief Bio: I was born and raised in the quiet suburbs of Lusaka, Zambia but with a big noisy family. I attended school in Zambia before coming to Duke in August 2017. I’ve always been sporty, goofy, and adventurous.
Fun Fact: I have a twin brother whose name is Duke, literally.
Advice to the incoming class: Take it easy, one step at a time, no need to rush (not that kind of rush), you have four years to figure stuff out, enjoy every minute.

Ihouse-andre- intern

Name: Hi guys! I’m Andre Wang.
Major: Hopefully, going to major in mathematics and statistics
Hometown: Beijing
Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin, some Italian
Email: jianyou.wang@duke.edu
Graduation Year: 2021
Favorite Place on Campus/Durham:
Favorite Class: STA 111 (Probability and Statistics)
Brief Bio: Though I’ve lived in Beijing for more than 10 years, I’m kind of from all over the map. I’ve lived in Italy, Milan and Padova, France, Vancouver, and other places I don’t actually remember.
Favorite place on campus: My old dorm Jarvis.
Fun fact: I’m a hopeless romantic who love Keira Knightley and Jane Austen, but also Muse and the Fray. I also have a great interest in art, Renaissance art especially, and in my opinion, Florence is the most beautiful city I’ve ever seen!
Advice to the incoming class: My advice to you guys is don’t be intimidated or stressed out unnecessarily by the new environment, we’ve all been there before.

Ihouse-sidhaan- intern

Name: Siddhant Khanna
Major: Computer Engineering and Computer Science
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Languages Spoken: English and Hindi
Email: sk546@duke.edu
Graduation Year: 2021
Favorite Place on Campus/Durham: Pitchforks
Favorite Class: CompSci 201
Brief Bio: I was born in Mumbai but grew up in New Delhi, so it’s pretty much the city I most associate with. Although right now I’m an Engineering Major, I’m still not really sure what I want to do with my life. I like to play Ping Pong, browsing YouTube and looking up pictures of random animals before major exams.
Fun Fact: I’ve got a permanent scar on my forehead after injuring myself two days in a row on the same spot in second grade.
Advice to the incoming class: I went to the same school my entire life, so coming to Duke I was immediately exposed to a lot of diversity at once. Although I felt isolated from others at first, I truly believe that living around such bright and interesting students shaped who I have become today more than my entire high school career. I guess my advice to embrace change is not very original, but it’s pretty much the most useful thought I’ve consciously been aware of during my time at Duke.

Ihouse-tommy-intern

Name: Tommy Lin
Major: Chemistry and Computer Science
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Langauges Spoken: English, Chinese, Spanish
Email: kl291@duke.edu
Graduation Year: 2021
Favorite Place on campus: Environmental Hall
Brief Bio: I was born and brought up in Shanghai, China. I travel a lot. I have been to Spain, British, France and a lot of European countries, and of course, US. I am trilingual in English, Chinese and Spanish. In my leisure time, I love writing poems and calisthenics. 
Fun Fact: I'm a real foodie. 
Advice to the incoming class: Just enjoy life at Duke!!! 

Ihouse-Jeffrey-intern

Name: Jeffrey Li
Major: Economics and Computer Science
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Languages Spoken: Mandarin
Email: jeffrey.q.li@duke.edu
Graduation Year: 2020
Favorite Place on Campus/Durham: West Union/ Brodhead
Favorite Class: Computer Science 101
Brief Bio: Hi guys, I'm an New Zealand born and raised Chinese. My hobbies include soccer, gyming, and sports. My interests are rap music, street fashion and skateboarding. At Duke I'm involved in Club Soccer, Investment Club, Scale and Coin Business Society, Jabulani Modelling and I'm a Computer Science Teaching Assistant
Fun Fact: I'm currently writing this from my tent in Kville (students live in tents for the weeks leading up to the Duke vs UNC basketball game).
Advice to the incoming class: Relax! Be yourself, be nice and genuine and everything will fall into place.

Ihouse-intern-alexandria.

Name: Alexandra Gara
Major: I’m not sure yet! Tentatively Biology & Political Science
Hometown: Budapest, Hungary
Languages Spoken: English, Hungarian, Spanish
Email: alexandra.gara@duke.edu
Graduation Year: 2021
Favorite Place on Campus/Durham: Triangle Coffee House on 9th Street! 
Favorite Class: English 271
Brief Bio: Hi everyone! I’m Alex. I’m a Hungarian-American who grew up in Budapest, living in America for the very first time here in Durham. I love superhero movies, Edith Wharton novels, R&B, and sitcoms (talk to me about Brooklyn Nine-Nine if you’re a real one). I’m looking forward to meeting you all!
Fun Fact: I went on a plane the first time when I was 6 months old.
Advice to the incoming class: Plan, plan, plan! 

Ihouse-daisy-intern

Name: Daisy Fang 
Major: Statistics & sociology 
Hometown: Shenzhen, China
Languages spoken: Chinese, English, Spanish
Email: daisy.fang@duke.edu
Graduation year: 2021
Favorite place on campus: The Cafe   
Favorite class: Data science 
Brief bio: Hello future blue devils! My name is Daisy, I am originally from China, and I went to a boarding school in the US. In my free time I love playing tennis, eating sushi and binge watching Netflix while procrastinating math homework. Excited to meet y’all in the fall! 
Fun fact: I used to hurdle in high school
Advice to the incoming class: College can be overwhelming and stressful at times, especially in the beginning when you are away from family and close friends. Even if you don’t know where to start figuring out your future, you’re not alone! Don’t hesitate to reach out to upperclassmen, professors and your IHOPs. We are all here to help you navigate through the countless opportunities, and make the best out of your Duke experience!

Ihouse-Saloni-intern

Name: Saloni Bulchandani
Major: Math and Computer Science
Hometown: Singapore
Languages Spoken: Hindi
Email: sb501@duke.edu
Graduation Year: 2021
Favorite Place on Campus/Durham: Duke Gardens
Favorite Class: Writing 101- Art Writing
Brief Bio: I have lived in Singapore for the last nine years. Before that I briefly lived in Hong Kong, Japan and England. I love the ocean and hope to one day go scuba diving.
Fun Fact: After coming to Duke, I started learning how to figure skate.
Advice to the incoming class: It sometimes feels like everyone is involved in loads of clubs and groups and taking super hard classes and balancing a perfect social life. Don’t let that get to you. No one will notice or care if you drop a club because you just don’t have time or don’t like it that much.

Ihouse-IHOP-Manav

Name: Manav Avlani
Majors: Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Languages Spoken: English, Hindi and Gujarati
Email: manav.avlani@duke.edu
Graduation Year: 2019
Favorite Place on Campus: Gross Hall Second Floor
Favorite Class: Drug Wars and The War on Drugs (Writing 101)
Fun Fact: My name literally means human (guess my parents didn’t want to be too creative).
Advice to the incoming class: Take your time during the first semester to figure life out. Don’t over burden yourself academically or socially. It is extremely important to have time to just take care of one’s own self.
Brief Bio: I was born and brought up in Mumbai and like many of y’all coming to Duke was the first time I was away from home for an extended period. So, feel free to reach to me if you have any questions or need any help with settling in. At Duke, I spend most of my time doing research, studying, TAing and if I am not doing any of those you will find me stuffing my face while watching Netflix or burning of the food I have eaten in Wilson.

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