Student Stories

Student Stories

Hear from our students

Every year we are fortunate enough to receive applications from the most accomplished students in the world. Read first hand accounts from a small sampling of our incredible community.
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Student-Faculty Connections

The Love of Learning

One conversation with a professor cultivated a student's fascination with research.
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Samantha stands with her bike in Downtown Durham Samantha stands with her bike in Downtown Durham

Program II

A Path Less Travelled

How a student created an individualized degree with Program II.
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Duke undergraduate Edward Coles smiling with mountains behind him Duke undergraduate Edward Coles smiling with mountains behind him

Studying Away Story

Making New Friends in New Places

The trip abroad that changed one student’s life back on campus.
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The Focus Program

Building Community Through Academics

How FOCUS inspired academic interests and built community for a first-year student.
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Duke undergraduate Claudia LaRose smiling while sitting on rocks in Petra Duke undergraduate Claudia LaRose smiling while sitting on rocks in Petra

Service-Learning Story

Tuesdays with Akifa

How a service-learning class sparked an unexpected friendship.
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Duke undergraduate student Andrew Carlins posing with refugee Faustin Duke undergraduate student Andrew Carlins posing with refugee Faustin

Collaboration Story

"Always Say Yes"

How a professor’s advice changed the trajectory of one student’s college experience.
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