These students don’t have a family member who has attended college, and chances are, they have never been on a college campus. We are exposing them to a day at Duke to share a potential future that involves college. Once they do, we know the likelihood of them pursuing a college education increases dramatically. We would love it if you had 20 minutes to meet with a group of 10 of these students and talk about why college is a rewarding environment and about your academic passion.
Of the 30 groups, some will visit Duke classes, others will explore a research lab, and some will meet with Duke faculty. Hopefully you will have time at 10:30, 11:00, or 11:30 to meet with a group and talk about your academic passion.
No preparation is required; just talk informally about what you teach and/or something about your research. Beforehand, we’ll provide you with a list of questions you might want to think about, if you run out of things to talk about!
The Durham Public School 8th graders will get to explore other facets of university life, including the residence halls, the library, student performances, campus dining, campus tours with Duke students, and other aspects of student life. But the academic experience is key to helping shape their expectations of college, and we hope you will be available to share this with them.