Our annual special issue this year addressed the topic of fear. To introduce it, we invited recent Duke alumni to tell us what they were afraid of.
TRANSCRIPT of AUDIO POSTCARD: WHAT ARE CLASS OF’18 GRADS AFRAID OF?
What if I don’t know what I’m afraid of?
Good question. So to coordinate with the upcoming Duke Magazine special issue, which focuses on fear, we went to where 2018 Duke graduates picked up their class gifts and talked to …
ACTUALITY: DIFFERENT VOICES [up then under]
TRACK [over recited names]
… to the class of 2018. They graduated from …
ACTUALITY: DIFFERENT VOICES [Up, then under]
fuqua school of business
econonics and computer science
masters in mechanical engineering
public policy major
school of divinity
duke law school
graduated from the medical school
Let’s just say they were…
Duke 2018 now.
Can you tell me generally what the question’s going to be about?
… characteristically well prepared, but when pushed, they were scared of …
VOICE i don’t know … spiders?
VOICE what am i afraid of? Probably skydiving
VOICE what am i AFRAID of?
Well, yeah. That’s the question.
VOICE What I’m afraid of! Oh, goodness…
VOICE yeah that is a very tricky question actually
Nobody mentioned climate change, incipient fascism, or the ocean running out of fish.
VOICE Oh no!
But really, even Duke grads face their new post-Duke world with uncertainty. They fear….
VOICEI was afraid about not getting a job but I got a job so … that consumed everything and all other fears fell out the window
VOICE I’m afraid of the real world so I’m going for my PhD because I’m afraid of the real world.
VOICE i’m afraid of meeting new people in Dallas. Totally new city and worried about meeting new friends.
VOICE i think for me i’m leaving my family behind they’re all in the Washington DC area and moving to San Francisco. It’s a little bit nerve racking to move so far away
VOICE I think the biggest thing I’m afraid of is feeling like i didn’t do everything I wanted to while I was here.
VOICE Most frightening is the fact that i have even larger goals I have to take care of in the next few years as a PhD student
VOICE I’m really afraid of not having the summer break, spring break, fall break ever again. that’s my biggest fear
VOICE i’m afraid of not being able to do what I want to do
VOICE I’m afraid of the unknown but i think we have such a great connection here that’s not going to be a problem
VOICE I’m afraid of uncertainty. i like knowing whats ahead of me. but i know thats something you really cant fix. uncertainty was scaring me all year. but now that that uncertainty is cleared up i’m happy to be graduating Duke this weekend
VOICE How about this I’ll say not attaining my potential. Yeah. I’ll say that.
VOICE to be honest death
VOICE I would say the unknown but thats so like classic
VOICE I’m afraid of doing something that’s not aligned with my values — or like not feeling fulfilled by what i’m doing
Probably the fear of the unknown.
VOICE Being coresidents with my wife.
But fear not: these people were getting degrees from Duke — they felt …
VOICE no more afraid than i was yesterday
VOICE my faith is strong enough that i know who sustains me and it got enriched here at Duke so I fear nothint.
VOICE I’m not afraid of anything currently. I’m very optimistic.
VOICE nothing. Duke has prepared me for everything.
This has been an audio postcard from Duke Magazine.
Wait Do I start now?
Of course! Of course!
Oh, what am I afraid of?