Resources: From One Student to Another

Explore the English Department’s resources from the inside out and use student-created guides to apply knowledge and skills learned in English courses outside the major.

Duke undergraduates Margaret Gaw, Cliff Haley, and Eliza Farley each have distinct plans for the future.  Gaw, a junior on the pre-med track, is passionate about women’s health and health policy, and has plans to become a healthcare practitioner. Farley is headed straight to law school after graduation, she said, with the ultimate goal of becoming a lawyer. And Haley, a current senior on the cusp of the real word, hopes to go into the publishing field as an editor or marketing specialist.  An aspiring doctor, lawyer, and… read more about English Majors at Duke Pursue a Range of Career Paths »

Established in 1887, The Archive is Duke University’s undergraduate literary magazine, showcasing students’ original poetry and prose. The biannual collection is published online and in print, and welcomes submissions of any theme or subject.  For Duke’s aspiring writers and creative thinkers, The Archive provides a platform for exceptional literary work to be recognized and shared. Getting a piece published in The Archive might be a first step towards becoming a novelist or poet. Submitting is… read more about Undergraduates: Here’s Where You Can Submit your Creative Writing for Publication  »

“I'll dent the garage door with my head, siphon Crown Royal from your liquor cabinet, jump from a gondola in Venice. I'll smash my ankle with a hammer, drive through stop signs with my eyes closed, cost you thousands in medical bills. Forget about sleeping. I'll dominate the prayers you keep sending up like the last of flares from an island no one visits.” – The Real Warnings Are Always Too Late, Rhett Iseman Trull When Rhett Iseman Trull (Trinity ‘99) was an undergraduate at Duke, she had “one of those life-changing… read more about Poet and Editor Returns to Alma Matter with Advice »

ENGLISH ALUMNA TAKES HER SKILLS TO SILICON VALLEY When I ask Brea Davenport (English ‘12) her take on English majors, she describes her sophomore year experience of strolling into the Academic Advising Center to declare her major just as the deadline was passing. “We’re late,” she says of her English cohort. “But we’re eloquent.” Davenport, now an SMB Account Manager at Twitter, had not planned on being an English major. She was raised in Statham, Georgia, by a family of English majors and had no intention of following… read more about Alumna Takes Her Skills To Silicon Valley »

October 15, 2015 Recent Duke graduate Jeffrey Cicurel (English ‘15) leaves for his morning commute from the North Side of Chicago, where he grew up. He arrives at 88th and Aberdeen on the South Side, where he teaches English to high schoolers. “They’re great. And they listen,” he says of the 9th and 11th graders in his classroom at Hansberry College Prep, a charter school. “Because of the way that the school is run, it's a great place to work.” Cicurel is in his first year as a corp member of Teach for… read more about Alum Empowers High School Students in Chicago Classroom »