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Luke Sallmen

Luke is passionate about learning practically everything. He is involved in the fight for education throughout the world, and the fight against depression, although he doesn't like fighting much . His goals for the year are to adapt to a completely new environment, to become a part of a culture unlike his own, and to become a little less foreign.His favorite quote is kinda long: "Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam." - Carl Sagan


Election Day

November 8, 2016

As I wake up today (late as usual), in India's ninth largest city, nothing seems out of the ordinary. Buses and trucks roar past. Horns honk. Time passes slowly. Nothing is written on Indian calendars under Tuesday, 8 November to separate it from the other 365 days of this year. But for me, it is...

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Memorable Moments

October 9, 2016

Since I'm unable to come up with a singular theme to describe my time in India thus far, I'd like to share some of the most memorable events I've experienced: The day I realized buses could hold more people than I thought was possible: I've never tolerated an elbow embedded in my ribcage for so...

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I’m not going to Duke University

August 2, 2016

Not this year, anyway.  Next fall, I’ll be glad to represent the Duke Blue Devils and learn how to be a college student. But first, I’m taking a gap year. And no, before you ask, I didn’t choose to do so because Malia Obama is doing it. I didn’t elect for a year off in an attempt to...

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