Hi! I'm Jon Scott, a '19 from Detroit, Michigan. On campus, you can probably find me wearing some item of clothing with the word "Detroit," and hanging around '53 Commons Dining (Foco) with my teammates on the Heavyweight Rowing Team. Outside of school and athletics, I'm an active member of my fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and a First-Year Student Enrichment Program Mentor.
Though I had studied Islam in the past, this class provided an in-depth study into the creation of the Islamic faith, as well as how it was perceived by the outside world. Furthermore, the class stresses that Islam is not a monolith and explores how perceptions and practices differ amongst the religion's practitioners.
I've always had an interest in international issues so I decided to take GOVT 5 - International Politics with Professor Wohlforth. I enjoyed the wide range of aspects covered in the class, as well as professor Wohlforth himself.
I enjoyed my writing seminar, Hazardous Data, with Professor Kremer. My final paper, An XL Proposal with Larger Consequences won the Arthur Feinstein 1955 Memorial Fund First-Year Excellence in Writing Award.
My freshman experience at Dartmouth broadened my perspective, expanding my interests to the international level. I studied in Kosovo, at the Rochester Institute of Technology- Kosovo. I also interned at the Kosovo Property Agency. This was made possible by Dartmouth's Dickey Center for International Understanding
This class covers US foreign policy from the beginning of the 19th century until the present. I really enjoyed the ample time allotted to class discussion. The readings cover a broad range of strategies and historical events as well.
Don't worry, this course is also cross-listed as film class. Professor Isenberg from the New School comes to Dartmouth every summer to teach this course on European Exiles who came to Hollywood to make some of the most enduring films. Almost every film we viewed instantly turned into one of my favorites--and who doesn't want to spend part of the summer viewing movies.
Surprise! another film class. It's not too often you can be so creative, but this screenwriting class allows writers to write any film of their choice while receiving feedback from the professor and the class.
Do you find that city kids have more difficulty adjusting to life at Dartmouth than students from rural or suburban locales? The idea of a radical change of scenery from NYC really appeals to me, but sometimes I wonder if it would be too different.
There are a couple qualities that I miss about living in a large city, but they are qualities I've had my whole life prior to coming to Dartmouth. Living in an isolated area has been an incredible experience that is pretty unique. Dartmouth's location is perfect for so many activities like hiking, skiing, swimming, canoeing, and so much more. Plus, there's something rather romantic about the scenery of the New Hampshire/Vermont area and its locals. Despite it's location many important people still visit Dartmouth. Bill Clinton visited in the fall leading up to the 2016 election. Berry Jenkins, the director of the Oscar-winning Moonlight visits Dartmouth this week, and Yo-Yo Ma visits for a performance in April. Though I have and most likely always will consider myself a "city person", I actually prefer the fact that Dartmouth is pretty much in the middle of nowhere because it's experience I may never have again.