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Insights and insecurities: A creative's summer odyssey

(21 hours ago)

I spent parts of my summer like many college students entering their junior year do: sharing time with family and friends, going on road trips, diving into novels I ignored all school year, and singing along to live music. Unlike most college students entering their junior year, however, I had no job this summer … At least not a “real” job. I worked as a circulation assistant in Lilly Library while I took a summer class, but that was it. While my friends were working their days away at startups, production companies and consulting firms, I spent most of my summer writing lyrics in my room and recording songs in studios.

Why I chose not to study abroad during my junior fall

(09/18/23 4:00am)

As August drew to a close and the warmth of summer reluctantly yielded to the approaching autumn breeze, an air of excitement filled the minds of many of my fellow juniors at Duke. The end of summer heralded a time of reflection and choices, and for many, it marked the anticipation of a transformative semester ahead. Junior fall — a semester often synonymous with study abroad adventures, international escapades, and cultural immersion — was fast approaching. However, as most of my friends eagerly packed their bags and set their sights on international adventures, I found myself heading back to Durham.