This is Dear Duke, a summer series where our Class of 2018 seniors reflect on their time spent as student-athletes at Duke University.
Four years ago, you were a stranger to me. After graduating high school, I was very apprehensive of moving all the way from South Jersey to Durham, North Carolina. In the blink of an eye, I have already left your beautiful campus to travel back up north to New York. However, the experiences I had in the four years I spent exploring all you had to offer, were nothing short of extraordinary.
In the classroom, I learned a great deal of information in a vast range of topics. You challenged me with the amount of information I had to memorize, the hours I spent writing papers, and the pressure to think critically in order to solve new problems. Most importantly, however, you taught me how to listen and learn from stories of the people surrounding me. Classmates sitting next to me would describe their adventures of how they traveled half the globe and ended at Duke. Meanwhile, professors would explain their struggles and successes in their field of study and in life. Everyone had a story worth listening to; that was something you taught me very quickly.
Outside of academics, you allowed me to play the sport that I love: field hockey. Even though I was never part of a championship winning team, I was a member of the greatest team I could have imagined. The culture surrounding the university, athletic department, and the field hockey team is something surreal. To all of my coaches, administrators, facilitators, and staff, thank you.
Duke, thank you for giving me my best friends and the greatest collegiate experience I could have dreamed of four short years ago. I promise to take all that I learned, in and out of the classroom, with me on my next adventure in New York. Even though I have moved away, I will always consider Duke home. I am proud to say I went to Duke University, and had the privilege of representing the university as a student-athlete.
Forever Duke True,