I’m back from my first fall break, and it was much needed! I took my first ever road trip to Orlando, Florida, home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Disney World. If you ever want to feel two years old again, I highly recommend it! Needless to say, it was a magical trip.
The two weeks before fall break were my busiest so far in my first year at Duke. Midterms were quite overwhelming. At one point, I had two exams to study for, one debate to prepare, and a 25%-of-my-grade paper to write!
The best part was that everyone was going through the same thing. It pretty much was a bonding experience over Starbucks Frappuccinos and whatever other items our vending machines had to offer – although do avoid the Lilly Library’s vending machine; it will eat your flex points! (Flex is our currency here at Duke and will run out before you can say krzyzewskiville!).
During midterms, the libraries became our temporary home and sleepovers were common, especially in Perkins (the West Campus library). Perkins has comfy couches of all shapes and sizes for all-nighters. However, the Thomas History Reading Room, aka the Chinese Room, is hands -down the best (and prettiest!) place to work on campus.
I would describe college work and high school work as ‘same same, but different.’ It’s a Thai saying actually, and by this I mean that while the content of college work may be more mature, and the workload a bottomless pit, the process of doing the work itself is pretty much the same. If you worked hard in high school, you’ll have gained the skills to do well in college. Whether you put the skills to good use however, is another matter entirely.
At Duke, I find that people work really hard, but they also find time to have fun, and that balance is what I love about this place.
I’m glad to be back at Duke after fall break, and I just realized how much of a home campus has become for me. I can’t believe I’m half way through my first semester, but for now, it’s time for bed. Goodnight!
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