杜克大學 ~ Duke University

杜克大學
作者:史杰輝
編輯:陳玉蓉

雖然已經從杜克大學畢業兩年了,可是那四年在杜克大學的情形還銘刻在我的記憶中。杜克大學是北卡的私立大學,離北卡州立大學不遠。不只大學,各種各樣的研究所也接受很多的申請。雖然我也上過幾門無聊的課,可是杜克的教授大部分不但對自己的專業很有研究,而且也教得很好。

除了籃球隊和藍球場以外,大學其他出名的地方是在校園中心的基督教堂和花園。雖然教堂是一九三五年才建成的,但是它的樣式跟歐洲哥德式大教堂的差不多。花園的話,不管季節,風景總是美麗。不冷不熱,而且涼快、舒服得很的春天和秋天就是最可逛的時候。

雖然我學的是哲學,可是對外國的文化也有興趣,因為大學的馬德里課程,所以在西班牙留學了五個月。那時候我跟西班牙家庭住在一起。剛開始的時候,我不習慣說西班牙文,連西班牙人的伯母都覺得我說得不好,可是我一天比一天進步,終于能說得一口流利的西班牙文了。

我不在乎ICLP的壓力。可能是以前在大學習慣了,不覺得每天睡五,六個小時的覺太少。杜克多半的學生都差一點兒沒忙死。又要參加學生活動,又要學習,好寫論文,讓我跟我的同學都跑來跑去,忙得要命。只好每隔一兩星期就花一整晚寫一篇文章。如果你到圖書館去參觀,總是看得到在課本上睡著的學生。

我認爲杜克的缺點就是學費太貴了。雖然資源既好,大學又為貧窮的學生提供獎學金,可是許多畢業生恐怕找不到好的工作,沒有辦法回收上學的投資額。我自己的想法也差不多。所以,請天天幫我加油!

Duke Chapel OutsideDuke Chapel InsideDuke GardensCameron Indoor Stadium

Duke University
Author: James Smyth
Editor: Chen Yu-rong

Though it’s already been two years since I graduated, my four years at Duke are still branded in my memory. Duke is a private school in North Carolina, not far from the state university. Not only the undergraduate college but also the graduate schools receive a lot of applications. Though I had some boring classes there, by and large the professors were knowledgeable intheir fields and good teachers.

Besides the basketball team and court, Duke’s famous places are the Chapel and the Gardens in the center of campus. Although the Chapel was completed in 1935, it has the model of a Gothic cathedral. The Gardens are beautiful no matter the season. Spring and autumn are the most comfortable and best times to visit.

Although I majored in Philosophy, I was also interested in foreign culture, and since Duke had a campus in Madrid, I studied abroad in Spain for five months. I lived with a host family. At first, I wasn’t used to the language, and even my host mother said, “Tu hablas muy mal.” But I improved every day and finally became fluent in Spanish.

I don’t mind ICLP’s workload. Perhaps it’s because I got used to it in college; I don’t think that 5-6 hours of sleep a night is too little. Most Duke students are deathly busy. My student activities, studies, and papers had me running back and forth doing errands. I had to pull all-nighters every couple weeks to finish papers. If you go to the library and look around, you’ll always see students sleeping on their books.

I think Duke’s weakest point is that tuition is too expensive. Though it has great facilities and extends financial aid to needy students, most seniors are very worried about finding a good job so they can get a return on their investment. I’m the same way. So, please help me work hard every day!

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