My Five Favorite Classes at Dartmouth
In no particular order…
- No. 1
Introductory Computer Science
What I liked most about this class was that most of the coding assignments asked students to create tangible products that were applicable to our lives including a ping-pong game, and a program that found the best path between different places on campus.
- No. 2
Race, Incarceration and Politics: By the Numbers
This is a class offered in the Quantitative Social Sciences (QSS) department. We spent half the class reading and discussing books about incarceration and racial gerrymandering and the other half using large data sets to examine trends related to those topics. For my final project, I analyzed the difference in black voter turnout between 2012 and 2016 and tried to assess whether it was influential in the 2016 presidential election.
- No. 3
ENGS 12: Design Thinking is a must take for all Dartmouth Students!!! In this class, students learn the design process and apply it to a wide range of projects. One of the most notorious projects in this class is an assignment where students create a roller coaster-like contraption made of foam core that a ping pong ball travels through
- No. 4
The Written Judicial Opinion
This class was one of the biggest highlights of my sophomore summer! We read a ton of Supreme Court opinions and analyzed the rhetorical tools the justices used. For our final paper, we had to write a brief to Chief Justice Roberts about whether or not a certain case should be granted a writ of certiorari (i.e. whether or not the Supreme Court should review the case).
- No. 5
Women Writing Memoir
In this course we read (you guessed it!) memoirs written by women. Some authors included Malala, Janet Mock, Ayan Hirsi Ali, and Staceyann Chin. For one of our assignments we got to write a memoir of our own!