Over the summer we make it a priority to help our participants and students engage in an academically stretching experience. We also want to make sure that they get a taste of college life by providing many extra curricular events for them to enjoy. These ranged from RA activities (with their hall mates) to Clubs (from Hiking to Arts and Crafts to Group Fitness), from dances to casino nights. Here is a look at some of the fun things we did in our RA groups this summer:
Each student lives in a residence hall and is place into a Resident Assistant (RA) group. These groups would spend a lot of time together and would meet every night for their nightly meeting. Each day we also encouraged the RA groups to meet in order to build their community, go to events and places in Duke University’s campus to get to know it better, and to go to places in Durham, North Carolina where Duke University is located.
These are our amazing residential staff, who lead these RA groups. Each RA connects with their students to find out their groups interests, they then plan activities from there. Take a look at some of the fun things they did with their residents:
Group bonding activities:
One group enjoyed dancing so put on an evening to play Just Dance together.
Our programs have students from all over the world. One way for them to bond is to teach other things about their home cultures. This RA group had dinner together where some students taught others how to use chopsticks for the first time!
During our program there are usually a few students who have their birthdays. Birthdays are important to us and we make sure that RA groups have a fun time bonding as they celebrate each other’s birthdays.
Activities on Duke University’s campus:
Duke University is well known for our basketball programs. Some RA groups decided they wanted to tour the Duke Basketball Museum.
The Sarah P. Duke Gardens were well utilized during our program. Some RA groups went there to play Ultimate Frisbee, walk through the gardens or have a picnic.
“I think the scenario of Duke University is good and beautiful. The food is quite OK. The ramen in the restaurant is very delicious. The subject I study is very interesting and comprehensive. There are group activities, outdoor activities, lectures, and programming. There are also a lot of activities which enrich my Duke Life, such as RA activities, Nightly News, Dance. I think the program is very comprehensive, which not only enrich my knowledge but also let my daily time become more amazing.” – Ziwei Huang
Activities in Durham, North Carolina:
Durham, North Carolina has a rich history and a lot of character. Many RA groups made a point to go off campus to explore Durham and the surrounding areas. One well known spot in Durham is called The Parlour, which sells hand made ice cream.
Some RA groups got creative with their activities and went to places like this farm where you can do yoga with goats!
We did find a common pattern amongst our students: the majority of them love to shop! There were many opportunities for students to do so in their RA groups. RA groups would go to Southpoint Mall, the Durham Farmer’s Market and 9th Street.
“Hi, I’m Luka Lavrnic. I’m from Serbia, and I came to Duke for four weeks of Summer Session. I had some experiences that I’ll remember forever! I met many new friends from different countries and from different parts of the world, but we were all united the whole time. I’m really going to miss them when I leave in four days. We went to play some sports every day, either basketball or soccer, and it was always intense during the games. We would go back to our dorms together. It’s an experience I’ll never forget. Also, classes are very fun and interesting, especially the expeditions going around Duke University. Also, I like the time when we went to the mall, and we watched a movie there. It just made us bond together and come closer.”
– Luka Lavrnic
End of program:
As the program drew to a close RAs made sure they had time to say their farewells to their students. Each student was given a certificate of completion of the program, and many RAs decided to celebrate this with their halls.
“The Duke Summer College program has been absolutely splendid. While offering challenging classes that demand creative thinking, the program offers several other opportunities such as team sports and hiking which help to level out the stress. My RA, Marquee Vines has been energetic and helpful, and has always tried to solve any problem that confronted him. The food has also been spectacular, with a wide variety of choices each and every day. I am looking forward to completing the rest of the Summer College program here at Duke.”
– Jack Quinn
We want to thank all Residential Staff and our students for the great community we built over the summer and learning and fun that was had by all!