Hey hey! My name is Adina and I chose Dartmouth for the opportunity to experience something different from home (like all four seasons), to explore the globe, and to figure out what I wanted to study in college (yay liberal arts!). When I'm not up to my nose reading poetry, I'm playing goalie for the Women's Water Polo team, working in Admissions, and searching for the perfect gourmet oatmeal recipe.
This class solidified my interest in science and the brain, and encouraged me to pursue the pre-health track at Dartmouth. One day, our professor brought in a human brain to examine, which I thought was pretty cool!
I loved this course because it encouraged me to explore the benefits of experiential learning early on at Dartmouth. Plus, I got to know my freshman Dean super well, as she was also the professor for the class!
This class convinced me to become an English major. No joke. It was a privilege to learn from Professor Huntington, a published poet and recent Guggenheim recipient (One of my favorite profs, can't you tell?).
SummerAlbanian Alps - Internship
I volunteered in northern Albania through the Albanian Alps Institute, teaching kids English and also developing a teaching program centered on health and nutrition. The Dartmouth Center for Service completely funded my experience!
I stayed on campus this term-it was one of my toughest terms academically, as I struggled through organic chemistry, in particular. On the plus side, I met one of my best friends in orgo, and we cheered each other on through the hard stuff!
I LOVED this class that focused on weekly, circle-style discussions of each others' poems. I also didn't complain about the fact that I got to learn more from Professor Huntington (see above).
SpringToulouse, France Study Abroad
I lived with a host family and took classes on French art, history, and literature. I loved our class excursions to local museums, art performances, and wine tastings, and enjoyed backpacking in the Pyrénées after the program.
SummerOn Campus - Sophomore Summer
Aside from lab classes and an cool course on the theory of laughter, I spent lots of time checking off Dartmouth bucket list items with friends, including finding new favorite ice cream flavors, star-gazing while canoeing, and hiking at sunrise!
I felt like I became close to many of my classmates through the deep discussions on race, beauty, and culture our professor encouraged in this class. Plus, I found an all-time favorite book in Beloved.
I stayed in Hanover this term and researched the feminist, modernist poetry of Anne Spencer with Professor Zeiger. I also worked in the Admissions Office as a tour guide trainer, and fostered group-discussion as a Learning Fellow in a Biology course!
Hands down one of my favorite classes at Dartmouth. Professor Welch provoked thought on everything from death to prostate cancer screening, and completely shifted the way I view healthcare in the US.
SummerPrishtina, Kosovo - Internship
The Dickey Center funded me and two other students to research Health Policy in Kosovo! We conducted interviews with health experts across the country on C-section overuse, and ultimately drafted policy briefs to present to the Ministry of Health.
Walking into this class felt like walking into a philosophical discussion (in a good way!)--we studied Victorian responses to Origin of Species and created an exhibit on our discussions for a museum in Vermont!
Hello! My hope with this blog is to share a story about exploring some of the resources available at Dartmouth as early as freshman year. It begins with a visit to my First-Year Dean, Dean A'Ness, freshman spring. After visiting her office confused about what to do during my upcoming off-term, she challenged me, "Don't ask yourself, 'What should I do?'...what do you want to do?" After thinking about it for a little while, I decided that I would love to volunteer in Albania, the country my parents are originally from. My Dean pointed me towards a ton of resources at Dartmouth--I found an organization I wanted to work with through a database at the Dickey Center and applied for a grant from the Center for Service. They funded me to volunteer for the Albanian Alps Institute, a non-profit organization that, among other things, strives to help young women in northern Albanian villages continue going to school. Here's one of the schools where the magic happened:
I moved between a few villages throughout my time in the Alps, teaching kids English and also developing a short program for them centered on health and nutrition. We incorporated fun activities like singing and yoga into our "curriculum":
We also ended the program with a school dance, and took some group pics:
One of the highlights of the program was getting to live with families in all of the villages I worked in. I got to be really close to them and learned about the difficulties of living in rural areas, especially for women.
As with any experience abroad, I also took the opportunity to explore the surrounding area.
While reducing the experience I had that summer to a short blog doesn't do the people and students I interacted with justice, I hope it does give you all an idea of what you could do with some help from Dartmouth advisors and resources. Happy exploring!