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The responsibility asked of preprofessionals

(02/19/20 5:00am)

Two weeks ago, I tackled what I saw as a form of stigmatization that exists against the pre-professional track at Duke. I wanted to refute the idea that choosing a career for financial stability or other material reasons is a “shallow” way to live life. Although I feel I have worked to legitimate the choice to become a preprofessional, that does not mean there are no problems with the pre-professional track, especially as it exists at Duke. 

Destigmatizing pre-professionalism

(02/05/20 5:00am)

There is one question that all university students must have some programmed response to: what are you studying? It seems like a simple question about one’s current area of interest, but the question probes at something much deeper in our lives. It asks—why are you at university? What do you plan on doing in the future? What do you value in life? Where do you find meaning?

Hunting for my tradition

(08/30/19 4:00am)

Stepping onto Duke’s campus almost a week ago was like stepping into the future. Stepping into a new start, a new path forward. At the same time, I couldn’t help but pause and think about the past. Not just my past, but the past we all share — our history. Who originally built the Duke Chapel? Who were the first to attend a service there? Soon, these questions expanded into broader ideas. Ideas regarding traditions and how they are started. Who creates traditions? But then two questions came to mind that instantly captivated my attention given their relevance to the present day: