Cheers to A Cheeky Adventure

If I must start with a clichéd yet genuine opening to my last DukeEngage blog, then it would be “time really flies by.” Even after three years of college, it could be hard to be away from home for 10 weeks straight, especially almost half of it was spent away from school, in a country…

Signing Off

Asking questions and feeling grateful on my last day of DukeEngage.

A Prisoner’s Journey

The past few weeks that I have spent working at Her Majesty’s Prison in Durham, UK have left me feeling conflicted. On one hand, I treasure the opportunity to engage with prisoners whom I have ultimately found to be fascinating, unique, and engaging people. On the other hand, I am bothered by the number of broken relationships, families,…

Durham Durham

My time in England has been really transformative. Durham, U.K is very different to Durham, N.C. The greenery, the weather as well as the walking culture are some of the most immediate differences that hit me. Apart from that however, there were more pressing similarities. Both economies had been hit hard by structural unemployment due…

Revelations at HMP Durham

To be quite frank, when I first learned that my UK placement was to be at HMP Durham— the local medium-security prison— I was a bit disconcerted. Though I had been secretly hoping for the “prison placement” ever since I learned about it (after all, it’s uncommon and inherently enlightening), I began to grow anxious…