The last time I was asked to write a reflection for the newsletter, I was in an entirely different place in my life. The semester had just ended, and I traveled home to Vermont to spend time with family and reflect on the past year and things that were going on in my life. While my reflection last time focused on family, today -- years later -- I find myself thinking about time. The beginning of a new semester is the perfect opportunity to reflect on time, as I hope you had a chance to spend cherished time with family and friends over the winter break. And of course, as we start a new year
Parents & Families
Introduction: You are listening to the Duke University Parent and Family Programs Podcast.
In her new book, Dare to Lead, Brene’ Brown writes, “Wherever perfectionism is driving us, shame is riding shotgun.” She continues, “Perfectionism is self-destructive simply because perfection does not exist. It’s an unattainable goal.
During Family Weekend, the Division of Student Affairs hosted its fall semester Duke Parents Advisory Council (DPAC) meeting. This group of dedicated and diverse parents gathers twice a year to provide Student Affairs leadership with feedback and counsel on a variety of topics. This semester’s topic was Faith, Spirituality, and the Academy.
The First-Year Advisory Counselor (FAC) Program is dedicated to helping incoming first-year students transition to college life in order to maximize their experience as a member of the Duke community. Here, co-chairs Maggie Haas and Steve Boland – the fearless leaders of the FAC Program – describe what makes Duke feel like to home to them personally.
Steve Boland is a Charlotte, North Carolina native majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology.
It seems hard to believe that over four years have passed since our daughter, Taela, received an invitation in the mail to the Black Student Alliance Weekend. What did this mean? Why would she be invited to campus? Could she have possibly gotten accepted at Duke? At 7:00 pm the next evening, that magical moment came when she logged into her Duke account. What followed were tears – no – sobs of joy! All of our child’s hard work had been recognized and appreciated - by Duke!