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Letter: Remembering Raj: Talent, energy, compassion for all

(03/30/20 9:51pm)

I want Raj to be remembered by the way he lived and not by the way he died. Raj was such an incredible person, and I am so thankful to have known him and I will always cherish the time we spent together. He was always better with words than me, so I'm trying to do him justice now. I will miss his laugh and his smile so much. His laugh would literally fill a room, and I couldn't help but smile when he did. No one had more energy than Raj and no one could hype a group up like him. He was the brightest person in every room. He was social and good with people, and he made everyone around him happier. 

Letter: Remembering Raj Mehta, sending love to his family

(03/30/20 6:55pm)

This took me by shock, as I imagine it did for everyone who knew Raj. With tears genuinely streaming as I type this, I am reminded how fragile life is, and how often it is those people that we least expect who are suffering the most. Raj was accepted to participate in our DukeEngage Detroit program this summer (although with all the COVID-19 things happening, we haven’t been sure if it is going to take place). Raj was truly one of my favorite students of the 50 that we interviewed; and I was so glad that he was going to be a part of our cohort. He had such a bright smile, kind soul and was full of life. Raj was friends with many of our past participants who considered him a dear friend, and had even spent time with some of them in the city at some point. Raj, you will remain missed by so many in this community and beyond. Sending love to you, your family, your peers, your friends.

COVID-19 has changed everything—including our sex lives

(03/31/20 4:00am)

Over the last few weeks, our lives have completely shifted. Duke students are spread all over the world, our communication with people (besides the guy at the Food Lion register) has been almost exclusively virtual, and we should all be staying home unless it’s absolutely necessary to leave. And, even though there are a lot of high-stakes, serious things going on, I still wouldn’t call you selfish for thinking: “What about my sex/romantic life?”