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My Freshman Fall Classes: Studying Science, Poetry, and the In-Between
Coming into my freshman fall, I knew I wanted to take a wide range of classes, but since Dartmouth offers so many interesting courses, it was hard to choose! My post-college plans also played a role in my course election process, because I'm interested in going to medical school, but I want to major in something humanities related. Working with my faculty advisor, we came up with a basic structure of taking one pre-med class, one writing-based course, and one exploratory class. Using this structure, I ended up with three classes I'm really loving, so I wanted to share those!
My first class is an introductory poetry workshop. I'm considering majoring in creative writing, so this class has been an amazing introduction to the department. My professor is extraordinarily accomplished in her field, so I'm super grateful that I'm able to learn from her as a first-year student. So far, we've studied political poems, love poems, and the overlap between the two. Usually, classes are spent discussing a reading from a well-established author and applying what we learned to refine our own work. The class is only fourteen students, so we all have plenty of time to get feedback, ask questions, and contribute to discussions.
Next, I have "General Chemistry," which is the introductory course to chemistry at Dartmouth. The class meets four times a week and has a weekly lab, which I like because it allows me to work in a group and apply the information I learn in class. Even though there are about 100 students in the class, I've found that the class is much more interactive than I expected. My professor is constantly answering questions, giving us time to work on example problems, and she brings in cool experiments at least once a week. I know college chemistry has a bit of an intimidating reputation, but I've really enjoyed the professor I have and the material I've learned so far!
My final class is an English class called "God, Darwin, and the Literary Imagination," which is just as cool as it sounds! The class size is only about 20 people, so every class is a discussion based on readings about how science and literature interacted in conversations about evolution. Besides the super
I hope this has given you an idea of what a typical freshman course load looks like here at Dartmouth. It might seem a bit odd to only take three classes, especially if you're familiar with larger, semester-based schools like I was, but I've really enjoyed the focus and immersion that comes with taking fewer classes.