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I'm currently kickin' it in Bend, Oregon but I've got Joplin, Missouri on my mind. Oy.
I hope you all are having fun and adventurous summers. CEO and President of the Phoenix Suns came out last week!! This might be the best thing to happen in American sports in a really long time.
Yo, 2011: Don't think that This Community doesn't need you anymore, because we do!! The BDU Blog (this thing you're reading right now!) needs you to write our first ever set of senior posts! Reflect on your experiences at Duke and over these past four years for as long or as short as you want. You can sign it however you want, including anonymously. Find me (Risa) on facebook or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you're interested (which you are!).
And, if you're on campus, remember that the Center is open Monday through Friday, 9am-4:30pm.
I admit it. I'm falling so, so hard for a friend of mine. I've lived my whole life as a straight guy, and I know that I just fall into the "closeted frat bro" statistic now. But I don't know what to do. I can't reconcile my feelings with my identity, and I feel like there's no one I can talk to to feel better, even among my best friends who I know wouldn't judge me. I feel like everyone I know is slowly finding out, I'm just shifting between freaking out and feeling so low, and I don't even know what my experiences with my friend say about me. I just feel trapped in my situation with no way out. How can you "come out" if you don't know what you're coming out as? Why does Duke make it so hard to exist without a label on my forehead?
Just wanted to share this and this. I've read some incredible stories on this blog, and I encourage anyone who's up to it to submit!
Please remember that there are a number of resources available on campus and in the local community. If you or a friend are experiencing thoughts or urges to harm yourself or somebody else, please reach out to the following resources: In an emergency, please don't hesitate to call CAPS at any time, including "after hours" at (919) 966-3820. Ask to speak to the advice nurse and tell them you are a Duke student. You may also call the Trevor Project, a national hotline specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning youth (college students included). Their number is 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386).