Hi! My name is Nadia, and I’m proud to say that I’m the only International student here from Thailand this year; that’s 1 in 1665 freshmen! My dad is French, my mom is Thai, and I attended an english-speaking international highschool, so I really bring a diverse background to campus. As a first-year Dukie and an International student, every day is a big surprise, and I’m still happily learning the ins and outs to this place.
It’s such a beautiful day today and I just found a place in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens to write this first blog entry. Today’s just one of them feel-good days: classes are done with, the weather’s perfect, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s a Friday! I was sitting here a few moments ago and decided with a fellow Dukie to roll down a hill…yup, we actually did it and it became the highlight of my day! If you happen to stop by, hill-rolling at the Garden is a must-do!
Life at Duke for the past month has been a whirlwind of surprises. A day hasn’t gone by where I haven’t thought to myself ‘wow, I’m really here.’ I guess that’s just part of being a freshman, but I’m pretty sure this time next year, Duke will still be taking my breath away. From the very first week, I was a part of a tear-jerking experience with Maya Angelou (if this is the first time you’re hearing about her, Google her immediately!) and just last week I was on a fully sponsored field trip to New York City! I can’t wait for the next four years, but for now, it’s back to studying
I’ve always loved to write and reflect and so this blog is the perfect opportunity to do both. Duke has so far exceeded my expectations and I can’t wait to live out the next four years!
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