Duke University Student Panel

Recorded Friday, September 25 at 12:00 AM

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School information

Duke University

Durham, NC

Ask current Duke students questions about academics, campus life, dorm living, and more. Livestream viewers will get to vote on questions and ask their own!

Meet the panelists: Arvind, Greta, Harry

Arvind is a senior from Allentown, Pennsylvania in Duke University. He is pursuing a Bachelor's in Science in Economics with a Finance concentration. Arvind plays the saxophone for the Duke Marching & Pep Band, serves as a Portfolio Manager for the Duke Investment Club, and is a Project Leader for the Duke Consulting Club. Outside of school, he likes to spend time with friends, attend Duke Basketball games, and travel.

Greta is a senior from Birmingham, Alabama currently attending Duke University. She is pursuing a Bachelor's in Economics with minors in Political Science and Visual Arts. Greta is an active member of Duke Debate and her Selective Living Group, Round Table. She is also applying to law school for the following fall. In her free time, Greta enjoys watching horror movies, playing tennis, and exploring new cafes.

Harry is a senior at Duke studying Economics with a finance concentration. He is a huge Duke basketball fan and has tented for the Duke vs. UNC game all three years. He is very involved with Duke investment club.

School information

Duke University

Durham, NC
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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into CommonApp.org in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

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6:20@juanaderdoy:Can you speak on the overall campus culture at Duke?
8:28@anonymous:What Courses in Economics and other subjects do you like
11:03@jk250103:How easy is it to take classes outside your major?
11:10@anonymous:Does duke encourage you to focus on a certain interest, or do they encourage you to explore new areas of interest?
11:53@anonymous:How accessible are the professors at Duke?
12:09@jk250103:How easy is it to connect to professors?
13:59@Omenma:Is the student body more competitive or collaborative?
14:05@meganroka:Could you describe the environment at Duke? Is it extremely competitive or are the students more collaborative?:
14:10@anonymous:Is it pretty cutthroat at Duke like other competitive colleges?
14:47@anonymous:How are classes in college different from classes in high school?
16:07@anonymous:How Tough are Duke's on a scale of 1-10
16:57@alexadoubert:Could you explain the math department more in depth?
18:01@zimmy123:Do any of you participate in Greek Life?
18:14@anonymous:do frats dominate social life
19:42@salam.tesfaye:What is student nightlife like or what is like a typical day of a Duke student?
19:48@anonymous:How is the work life balance at Duke? How often are you able to spend time with friends vs studying
19:53@anonymous:Would you say it’s difficult to balance both your academic and social life?
20:15@anonymous:Which extracurricular activities do you participate in and which year do you recommend is true next year to get involved? How do balance these activities, personal time and self-directed school work (homework)?
21:02@salam.tesfaye:Now be honest, how's the food?
21:21@anonymous:What are the dorms like? And how is the food?
22:26@anonymous:Are there things/places to go around Duke?
22:55@anonymous:What entertainment is on and around campus?
23:49@anonymous:How are dorms?
23:59@anonymous:What are the dorms like? I know you are split between East and West with freshman all dorming on the same side
24:01@anonymous:How are dorms???????????
24:07@anonymous:What are the dorms like?
24:12@anonymous:What are the dorms and dorm-life like?
24:18@anonymous:what are the dorms like? Do any of you have an experience with off campus housing?
24:37@DashaM:Do they require freshmen or sophomores to live in dorms?
25:06@mariama_njie086:How are the dorms at Duke?
26:43@anonymous:What are some good ways to get involved in research? How early can students start participating in research?
27:25@jk250103:Are summer internships and research opportunities very competitive or easily accessible?
27:36@anonymous:How easy or difficult is it to get involved in research opportunities or internships?
27:51@anonymous:How are the internships/jobs opportunities at Duke and surroundings?
28:04@meganroka:Are there internship and volunteering opportunities at Duke that tie into your studies?
28:54@anonymous:Does Duke offer study abroad programs? If so, what is the process like to apply to these programs?
29:28@anonymous:Have any of you studied abroad? Can you talk about the study abroad options?
29:35@anonymous:How are Duke's study abroad programs?
29:45@anonymous:Does Duke offer study abroad programs? If so, what is the process like to apply to these programs?
29:54@anonymous:Is Duke diverse? Specifically, are there any Indian Student organizations or Bollywood Dance teams?
30:56@salam.tesfaye:Do you have any affinity groups at Duke? (Black Student Union, etc.)
31:42@jk250103:How often do you go to the lemur forest?
32:40@anonymous:What is the Premed Culture like at Duke? What are the resources offered?
32:43@anonymous:I know you guys are all economics, but can you speak about pre-med? What are some popular pre-med majors, extracurriculars, and opportunities?
33:05@meganroka:If possible, could you please describe premed and premed programs at Duke?
33:09@anonymous:What is the Premed Culture like at Duke? What are the resources offered?
35:34@anonymous:What is the most obscure club, class or place at Duke that you’ve heard or know of that think more people should know about?
38:18@salam.tesfaye:What did the student panelists write for their college essays so we can get an idea?
38:38@anonymous:What was your essay about?
40:55@anonymous:What kind of things do you think strengthened your application to Duke?
43:12@HavanaDC:most surprising thing you learned about Duke that you didn't know about when you applied
43:19@anonymous:What advice would you give to freshmen at Duke?
46:30@anonymous:Is campus walkable?
46:49@jk250103::How long does it take to get across campus and get to classes?
47:45@anonymous:Are bikes allowed on campus?
47:56@anonymous:Are you allowed to have a car on campus?
48:46@anonymous:Does Duke offer free student parking?
49:35@anonymous:Have you ever fought a squirrel?


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