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The New York Times recently published a series of essays written by college and graduate students in “The U Issue.” Among the varied stories about freshman year and life’s big questions, I stumbled upon an essay written by a young Singh featured under the heading of “College Life.” In his essay “Becoming a Dukie (and an American),” Harsimarbir Singh describes how his Duke sweatshirt (and not his turban) catches the attention of other students and explains how he, a teetotaler, handled himself at parties. He even manages to embrace The Freshman 15 by eating his way through pounds of cookie dough. Hear his experience and series of transformations as a master’s student through his own words by clicking here.

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The Sikh Spirit Foundation is hosting an Idea Contest for brainstormers and reformers! A well thought out two paragraphs on how to improve Sikh education or our gurdwaras may win you an iPod, start the breakdown of unhealthy groupthink, and propel our community towards exciting directions.

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Maybe I should submit my The Most Fabulous Gurudwara Ever Would list!

More about Sikh Spirit Foundation: it serves to promote Sikh values through education and support innovative projects and organizations in various areas of Sikh community development. Current grantees include Ensaaf, Sikhnet, Sikh Coalition, and Sikh Research Institute. Interested in submitting a proposal? The first cycle opens on April 20, 2009. Check out their website for more details.