After considering similar schools, I decided on Dartmouth for its outing club, study abroad program, psychology and brain sciences department, and—let’s face it—the dining hall’s infamous chocolate chip cookies. While my exact major plans are still a work in progress, I am currently thinking history with minors in anthropology and creative writing with a focus (much to my parents’ chagrin) on the pre-modern era.
History, Anthropology modified with Creative Writing
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!
If you’re tired now of getting asked by family and friends what schools you’re considering, just wait: decide on college, and the next well-intentioned but oh-so-repetitive question begins. “What are you studying?” A year and a month into Dartmouth, I still don’t know. And neither do many of my close friends. I’m taking it one class at a time, following my interests and considering how they could possibly be combined. While my courses this term all scream “liberal arts college!” there is a method to my bibliophilic madness: ANTH 8 explores a new subject area, HIST 42 details a favorite one, and ENGL 87 incorporates old interests (reading! stories!) into a new craft (writing them!). They are zany and esoteric, and I love them. Check them out!
Anthropology 8, The Rise and Fall of Prehistoric Civilizations...
steps beyond my Eurocentric high school curriculum to explore the development of complex state societies. It’s riveting. After the origins of agriculture, we’re covering ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Indus Valley, Mesoamerica, China, and the Andes to learn about their social, religious, and political life. Topics include Ancient Egypt’s pyramids and Mesoamerica’s human sacrifice. 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?).