Nearly 300 Durham eighth graders will visit Duke campus on Nov. 3 to learn about residence hall life, explore Duke’s virtual reality lab and talk with first-generation Duke students.
This is the 18th year of School Days, an immersive college campus tour experience for Durham eighth-grade students, many of whom will be the first generation in their family to attend college.
“During School Days, the Duke community partners with Durham schools to help reinforce the message that higher education is important,” said David Stein, PepsiCo Education Technology Coordinator in the Duke Office of Durham & Regional Affairs and Duke University Libraries. “This event shows first-generation students what a college campus, classes and residence hall life are like.”
From 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 3, Durham eighth graders will visit groups such as Duke University Motorsports, when they will get to sit and take photos in a race car; as well as visit locations such as the Duke immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE) Lab, Perkins Library, Duke Chapel and a Duke student residence hall.
The eighth graders will also hear from Duke basketball players, School Days alumni, and first-generation Duke students at the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture.
Duke student and employee volunteers make School Days possible every year. Duke students can register here to help lead a group of students around campus on Nov. 3 and share stories of their college experiences.
Duke employees who want to volunteer for School Days can register here and are invited to an optional training session on Oct. 26, 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., in Room 111 of the Social Sciences Building on West Campus.
At the training session, School Days organizers will answer questions as well as go over the schedule and campus directions. A pizza lunch will be provided. After the training, an optional Duke West Campus tour, led by the university archivist, will begin at noon on the steps in front of Duke Chapel.
Employee volunteers will receive a free School Days T-shirt, continental breakfast and lunch.
“Visiting students enjoy hearing from Duke students and employees who experience campus every day,” Stein said. “Volunteers energize School Days and inspire the eighth graders to continue to set their sights on college.”