One Day. One Duke: Sinja – The Graduate School

(upbeat music) – Sinja, common mark. (clapper board clicks) – The Annual Fund has completely changed my student experience
here at Duke University. When I first arrived at Duke, I was talking fellow
students and discovered that we were sharing a lot of experiences based on our first-generation background. And being a first-generation
student impacts your academic life beyond undergrad, so we decided to apply to the professional development grant. We were able to organize
the first Duke-UNC symposium for first-gen students across disciplines. We then established the student
organization Duke F1RSTS. Without the the Duke Annual
Fund, we wouldn’t have been able to establish
and organize, introduce these most valuable resources
to first-gen grad students. (upbeat music)

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