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A piano that wants you to succeed: At the Wellness Center, the Steinway brings joy to many

(11/14/19 8:06am)

Sophomore Catherine McMillan wasn’t sure if she liked playing the piano anymore. Was she truly passionate about playing the piano, or was this just something that others expected of her? Her mother was a piano teacher, and she had been playing since pre-school. But McMillan’s pieces didn’t sound the way she wanted them to, and she thought that maybe her best piano-playing days were behind her. 

‘Water boiling’: An oral history of the Allen Building Takeover, part 1

(05/14/19 4:00am)

Approximately 60 Duke students occupied the first floor of the Allen Building February 13, 1969, to protest the University’s failure to meet the needs of black students. Their demands included the creation of a Department of “Afro-American” Studies, increased enrollment and financial support for black students and a black student union. Protesters remained in the building until after 5:00 p.m, when their exit ignited a clash on the main quad in front of Perkins Library between students gathered outside and police.

When your best isn't good enough

(03/25/19 4:00am)

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to never stay up late for an assignment. It was a pretty unrealistic goal, especially for me. In high school, I wrote essay conclusions on the bus and came to class ten minutes late because I still had to print the essay out. I spent my weekends telling myself I would start my work right after the Netflix episode ended, and my weeknights staying up to finish assignments that I meant to do over the weekend. 

How to ask better questions

(02/21/19 5:00am)

A few years ago, a group of students at my high school started a blog inspired by Humans of New York, where they compiled photos and stories of students and teachers. I was happy about this because I love reading Humans of New York stories, stories ranging from trying to fulfill the American dream to having a mother that’s an activist to writing a play about an ex-girlfriend. However, when I looked at the blog for my high school, there weren’t the compelling stories and insights that I expected. There were just pictures of people I knew with vague generalizations such as, “I love sports at this high school and how competitive it is” and “I’ve had some really influential teachers.” 

Why Duke is lonely

(02/07/19 6:26am)

There’s this essay on graduating from college that I’ve read more times than I can count. The author Marina Keegan writes that the one thing she’ll miss the most about college is “the opposite of loneliness.” She writes: “It’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together.” Everyone comes to college looking for this feeling, but I’ve found that the opposite of loneliness isn’t guaranteed at Duke.