Student Stories

Here’s what former eStudies students have to say about the program.


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Jessica had an interest in psychology. She knew she loved learning about psychological disorders and the workings of the brain. But when Jessica chose to take Neuroscience: Biology of the Brain, and later, Abnormal Psychology, through Duke TIP’s eStudies Program, she learned something invaluable—that she wants to make helping children with psychological disorders her life’s work. 

“It’s more of a college course,” said Jessica. “Even though it’s online, you still have so many opportunities to meet other students who are just like you and have the same interests, and, maybe even hope to have the same job that you do one day.”


Dartanyan loves telling stories, whether on stage as an actor or behind the scenes as a writer and playwright. So the Short Fiction Workshop seemed like a natural fit. With the help of his classmates, Dartanyan learned to analyze and create short fiction, exploring plot, character, point of view, setting, theme, and style.

As a three-year veteran of TIP’s Summer Studies Program, Dartanyan wondered whether eStudies would give him the same sense of unity he felt while on campus. The answer? A resounding yes, thanks in large part to the cutting-edge technology eStudies uses to connect students to each other and to their instructor.

Now Dartanyan has a community of fellow writers to support him and the tools he needs to keep writing in college and beyond.


Dontavious loves math, so taking Statistics seemed like a natural fit to him. Though he was challenged during the course, he says he enjoyed it:

My eStudies course proved to be a real challenge this past summer. My teacher assigned us all these different problem sets that we had to have completed every Sunday. I utilized the book I received and my own knowledge to determine the correct answers. I also had the pleasure of doing two projects.

My midterm project involved me going to a grocery store and having to record various data from 30 different cereal boxes. For my final project, I had to answer the question: “Do people wear their watch on their dominant hand?” My final project was my favorite; I was able to apply the scientific method, which made the project so much easier to do! I really enjoyed the live video chats and discussion forums. All in all, I really enjoyed my class.

This seven-week program for seventh through tenth graders takes place during the summer. Students join an online class of twenty-four and are led in high school- or college-level coursework by an expert instructor who oversees discussions, live video meetings, and peer-to-peer interaction.