Just across the pond

It’s still so unreal that we’re here in Durham, England. Apologies for the late post– the first weeks here have been extremely busy for us! At first, it felt like I was so far from home, but soon enough, I noticed many similarities between the two Durham’s. Just as Duke plays a major role in…

Redefining Value

Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another. I have come to believe that this law does not just apply to the conservation of energy, but also to the physical goods we utilize on a daily basis. When we throw away a product, it is usually because…

Phase I… complete(?)

I write this post with very mixed emotions in the busy C terminal at RDU with very mixed emotions. Anytime now, they’ll call for boarding and I’ll be on my way to the UK. Numerous friends and family members have contacted me these last couple of days, asking me about my trip. “Are you excited?!”…

Cheers, Threshold

It just seems like yesterday that I was working my first day at Threshold. I remember hesitantly working in the Snack Bar and not really sure what I was doing. However, during the past six weeks, I have learned to confidently work all four units, communicate with the members (and learn all their names!), befriend…

What is life going to be like without…

As I was next to a coworker inputting data last week, I sat straight up in my pink chair, spun towards him and said, “What am I going to do without Claire* in my life?” While he chuckled, I settled back and realized that in a week’s time, I would no longer be serving at…

Findings In Your Backyard

As the domestic part of our Duke Engage comes to a close, I have thought a lot about my experience and how it has changed my viewpoints of Durham, my role within Durham and civic engagement as a whole. Last week, one of my fellow Duke Engage interns and I decided to explore our office…

What’s Next?

And just like that, the Durham, NC portion of our program comes to an end. With only 2 work days left at Threshold, I reflect upon everything that I have experienced here. The next part of my journey will take place at Her Majesty’s Prison in Durham, England, where I will be working with prisoners…

When Plans Fall Apart

Well, the last time that I spoke with you all, I was anxiously anticipating my first week of camp. Now that two weeks of camp have gone by, that feels like a lifetime ago. If I could have prepared myself for the challenges, the stress, the excitement that I would soon be facing on the job,…

Defining Impact: Reflection on Sustainability

It seems only yesterday when I was contemplating on my first blog post, gathering my hopes and concerns, and trying to figure out how to deal with all the challenges I have encountered at my placement. Yet having only 6 workdays left at Threshold, I realize that it is time to start reflecting on what…

Peeling Back the Layers

Week 4 was very much a turning point for me, both at the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and out and about in Durham. Our work at OEWD thus far culminated into three days of pre-employment training at Durham Tech Community College for the YouthWork interns. Throughout the three days, the interns learned…

Learning More About Durham

These last three and a half weeks have been busy both in and out of our work-sites. At Durham Literacy Center, I have continued to work on a series of modules focused on career and college readiness. These modules range from writing resumes and cover letters to finding affordable housing. This week, I have begun…