Sarah's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: Anthropology 8, The Rise and Fall of Prehistoric Civilizations
After years of focusing on the modern age, I am thrilled to learn about time periods and places missing from my mental map. I am also loving the fun facts (did you know Dholavira, a city in the Indus Valley civilization, had flush toilets in 2000 BC?).
Interning at a London academic publishing house specialized in history and international relations -- I found it through another Dartmouth student who had previously interned there!
“I’m late, I’m late,” I confessed to my dinner dates
Time management, never my strong suit, is perhaps my principal obstacle at Dartmouth. There are so many people to meet, activities to do, and adventures to be had—not to mention books to read and papers to write!
- No. 1
Editorial Board Meetings
I. B. Tauris, the academic publishing house where I interned this winter, invited me to the biweekly meetings where editors and executives gathered to pitch new books. From my hours of observation, I gleaned significant insight into how the company was run. I also learned about what they valued in a proposal. As an aspiring writer, I found it invaluable to see what editors and executives sought in prospective projects.
And then, of course, there were the proposals themselves, packet after packet pitching books with titles like Contraception in Postwar British Society, Family Life in Soviet Lithuania, Hidden Cameras of the Holocaust, and Manhattan: A Literary Guide for Travelers. From Soviet soccer and Argentinian politics, to eighteenth-century London landlords and ancient Timbuktu, the topics were far more interesting (at least to me) than sales charts and pie graphs!
- No. 2
One post, about WWI soldiers and suffragettes, I wrote for the 100th anniversary of British women winning the vote. Another post, about a politician who lowered food prices, I photographed in a local grocery’s bread aisle. Quick and creative, Instagram became my favorite marketing task.
- No. 3
Metadata (aka podcasts)
I name this task in my top five not because copying and pasting ISBNs was particularly fascinating (although I did enjoy sneak peeks at book summaries) but because it provided the perfect complement to podcasts. From NPR’s Code Switch and Hidden Brain to BBC 4’s In Our Time and Nordic Food Lab’s, well, Nordic Food Lab, I learned about brain science, sociology, current events, food history…and an industry that I might someday like to join! While I’m glad metadata was just one of my many assignments, it was, as my co-worker put it, a “meditative” way to spend Friday afternoons.
Climbing Amidst Cacti: a winter break beginner trip
Known as the DMC, the mountaineering club offers instruction, recreation, and community to novice and experienced climbers. Its Mount Lemmon trip is an annual week in Coronado National Forest...
[Summer Is] Alive with the Sound of Music (and Shakespeare and Comedy)
My goal this term is to see ten performances. Right now, I’m three down with seven to go—and love what I’ve seen so far.
Five Small(ish) Reasons I Chose Dartmouth
Wedding cake, yogurt parfaits, Super Bowl dip — all kinds of delicacies come in layers. Why shouldn’t decisions? My senior year of high school, I knew I wanted a small liberal arts school with strong academics and curious students.
- No. 1
FoCo chocolate chunk cookies
Podcast journalist Laura Sim ‘16 told me last summer that, fifteen months after graduation, these cookies still called to her heart. Always warm, always gooey, and always delectable, these dining hall staples provide a melt-in-your-mouth conclusion to many a memorable conversation.
- No. 2
Dartmouth Outing Club
You can’t beat the oldest and largest outing club in the country. The DOC’s renown means that many a student arrives with outdoor exploration in mind—and that its ethos of adventure, reflection, independence, and collaboration pervades entire swathes of campus life. Even if your schedule fills up and you can’t do official trips as often as you would like, there’s a plethora of people both inside and outside the club who are up to sled or skate or cross-country ski or run or canoe or climb buildings or…anything else you can imagine.
- No. 3
Dartmouth off-campus programs dive into study across the country and the world. Led by Dartmouth professors and filled with Dartmouth students, these programs study everything from Arabic in Morocco to geology in the Rockies. Ten-week terms enable students to study abroad no matter their major—and to do so anywhere from one to three times (or more, counting off terms).
Students Helping Students (How I Landed My Dream Internship)
Dartmouth is nationally recognized for its alumni, and for good reason.