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Dean Rusk
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Ever since my first day of Saturday morning German school, I’ve looked forward to traveling to Germany to experience the culture I’d grown up only hearing about. And ever since the first presidential election I can remember, I’ve looked forward to the day that I would be able to cast my own vote and have my voice heard. For me, these two long-awaited, much-anticipated events coincided.

Lessons Learned
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Dear incoming freshman,

You are about to experience one of life’s great transitions—far greater than any (cringe-worthy) middle and high school moments you have experienced to date. As you prepare to leave home and enter the mysterious ecosystem of college, a bit of advice: Remain aware that although the road that leads there is an eventful and exciting one, it also ends faster than you’d ever think possible.

Lessons Learned Aerial view of Main Street in Davidson, NC
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I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds that life on campus can induce claustrophobia. The academics, time constraints and being surrounded by the same 2,000 students every single day can get old. We talk about the “Davidson Bubble” on campus a lot, but what is Davidson like when…

Study Abroad Charlotte Kaufmann with London skyline
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When people think of London they may think of the Queen, Big Ben, double decker buses, the tube and tea. And of course the accents. But rarely do people consider London an exotic location for study abroad. After I decided to study abroad junior fall, I narrowed my choices to London…

Lessons Learned Prof. Durwin Striplin
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The great musician, Duke Ellington, once played a song titled “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be.” I am constantly reminded of this, looking at my yearly faculty photos, where I see myself gradually transforming into a gnome! We almost take it for granted that we can access massive information storehouses…

Lessons Learned Andrea Shill
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On day one, I gave my parents a quick hug and waved goodbye as if I was leaving for the weekend. As I watched them walk away, I was tempted to run after them, hide in the trunk and go home. Instead, I distracted myself with what seemed like meaningless small talk questions…

Dean Rusk Green bridge overlooking lilypad pond in Givenry, France
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My summer experience was set in motion last fall, when I traveled with Davidson’s program based in Tours, France, and we made an excursion to the Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny, just over an hour northwest of Paris. With every passing minute, winding through the most amazingly beautiful garden I’d…

Dean Rusk Aerial view of Victoria Falls
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In only the span of a month, I’ve watched four vaginal deliveries, the insertion of a uretic catheter and an autopsy. Wow! This summer, I traveled to Africa with Dr. Secret, Dr. Case, and eight other Davidson students for the Davidson in Zambia program. After a 15 hour flight to Johannesburg,…

Entrepreneurship Main square in Sofia, Bulgaria at night
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If you asked me just three months ago what I would be doing this summer, I would have never imagined I’d have the opportunity to intern in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. When I received my internship offer from Dronamics, a startup that develops unmanned cargo aircraft, I was a…

Entrepreneurship Bar graphs and line charts with tablet
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Living alone for the first time is hard enough.  Living alone for the first time, working 40 hours a week in an industry you’ve barely touched – data analytics (as a likely English major) – that’s a little harder. But like most Davidson students, I like a good challenge. Had…

Davidson Research Initiative Interior shot of Tyler-Tallman Hall stage with grand piano
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“Are you okay?” is often what I’m asked when someone I don’t know well passes me and notices that I’m mumbling to myself in German. To most of my friends, my mumbling doesn’t really come as a surprise anymore. It’s something that I’ve been doing since spring semester when I…

Entrepreneurship View over very green Central Park - New York City, view from Rockefeller Center.
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If anyone told me three years ago that I would one day have the privilege of living and working in New York City, I would immediately have laughed at them. The reason being, before arriving at Davidson College, certain opportunities seemed more like fairy tales, or wishful thinking. Yet the…

Entrepreneurship Colorful test tubes on top of periodic table of the elements
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My first month at MicroSio (which will undergo a name change soon) has been a really enjoyable learning experience. I’ve been tasked with everything from market research to designing experiments in the lab, and I’ve found my Davidson liberal arts education extremely helpful in preparing me for a Swiss Army…

Dean Rusk Taiwanese Buddhist monk walking towards pagoda
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Back in February, I was standing in Dr. Shelley Rigger’s office asking about some form I needed to fill out when she asked me if I was planning to study abroad and where. I told her about my situation and how being a student-athlete made study abroad during the academic…

Entrepreneurship Coworking office interior with computer monitors on desks, chairs and window with city view.
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Only two weeks of my internship had passed when I heard “trial by fire,” a phrase that I hadn’t realized I was missing until a prospective member jokingly described my job as such. I laughed it off but quickly realized how appropriately it described the way I was feeling early…

Entrepreneurship Open book with colorful text in Latin
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My fall semester spent studying environmental policy in the EU opened my eyes to the intricacies and excitement of the energy industry. After one semester of readings and lectures, as well as a trip to the Paris Climate Summit, I was hooked. I knew I wanted to pursue an internship in…

Davidson in Washington Hazy sunrise over iconic Washington D.C. monuments
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This summer, I am interning at PR Collaborative, a small “boutique” public relations firm in Washington, D.C., serving clients in both policy and film. As a policy intern, I mostly work with foundations and campaigns addressing public health issues. Working for an alumna, Kate Reuterswärd ’09, has been such a…

Entrepreneurship Charleston, S.C. skyline
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In typical Davidson fashion, I don’t really know what I’m doing – but I’m attempting to work it out. Over the past two weeks, I have been thrust into the business world, wholly unprepared for the challenges and breadth of acronyms that awaited me. I arrived on day one to…