The fall semester usually feels like a new beginning, typically marking the start of your “next year” in grad school. For most students, this comes with a sense of eagerness and commitment to having a productive year.
The Graduate and Professional Student Council of Duke University (GPSC–pronounced ‘gypsy’) is the umbrella student government organization for Duke’s graduate and professional schools. GPSC meets biweekly to address student concerns and issues raised by the administration.
With an applicant pool of over 9800 and an admission rate of around 17 percent, Duke’s graduate programs continue to be highly selective in attracting a competitive group of students with diverse interests, talents, and backgrounds.
Graduate Student Appreciation Week, held April 4 through April 8, yielded an attendance rate of over 700 students for 26 events that included workshops, alumni lunches, and lectures. For the first time, a raffle was held, with an opportunity to enter at every event.
As an international student, you navigate the dual task of adjusting to graduate student lifestyle and a new cultural and social environment. Exposure to different cultures can change you; the term acculturation refers to this change.