Adina's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: PSYC 6 - Intro to Neuroscience
This class solidified my interest in science and the brain, and encouraged me to pursue the pre-health track at Dartmouth. One day, our professor brought in a human brain to examine, which I thought was pretty cool!
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: WRIT 5 - Experience and Education
I loved this course because it encouraged me to explore the benefits of experiential learning early on at Dartmouth. Plus, I got to know my freshman Dean super well, as she was also the professor for the class!
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: ENGL 07 - Writing into the Silence
This class convinced me to become an English major. No joke. It was a privilege to learn from Professor Huntington, a published poet and recent Guggenheim recipient (One of my favorite profs, can't you tell?).
SummerAlbanian Alps - Internship
I volunteered in northern Albania through the Albanian Alps Institute, teaching kids English and also developing a teaching program centered on health and nutrition. The Dartmouth Center for Service completely funded my experience!
I stayed on campus this term-it was one of my toughest terms academically, as I struggled through organic chemistry, in particular. On the plus side, I met one of my best friends in orgo, and we cheered each other on through the hard stuff!
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: Favorite class: ENGL 82 - Writing and Reading Poetry
I LOVED this class that focused on weekly, circle-style discussions of each others' poems. I also didn't complain about the fact that I got to learn more from Professor Huntington (see above).
SpringToulouse, France Study Abroad
I lived with a host family and took classes on French art, history, and literature. I loved our class excursions to local museums, art performances, and wine tastings, and enjoyed backpacking in the Pyrénées after the program.
SummerOn Campus - Sophomore Summer
Aside from lab classes and an cool course on the theory of laughter, I spent lots of time checking off Dartmouth bucket list items with friends, including finding new favorite ice cream flavors, star-gazing while canoeing, and hiking at sunrise!
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: Favorite Class: ENGL 63 - Toni Morrison Seminar
I felt like I became close to many of my classmates through the deep discussions on race, beauty, and culture our professor encouraged in this class. Plus, I found an all-time favorite book in Beloved.
I stayed in Hanover this term and researched the feminist, modernist poetry of Anne Spencer with Professor Zeiger. I also worked in the Admissions Office as a tour guide trainer, and fostered group-discussion as a Learning Fellow in a Biology course!
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: PBPL 26 - Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Hands down one of my favorite classes at Dartmouth. Professor Welch provoked thought on everything from death to prostate cancer screening, and completely shifted the way I view healthcare in the US.
SummerPrishtina, Kosovo - Internship
The Dickey Center funded me and two other students to research Health Policy in Kosovo! We conducted interviews with health experts across the country on C-section overuse, and ultimately drafted policy briefs to present to the Ministry of Health.
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: ENGL 52 - God & Darwin
Walking into this class felt like walking into a philosophical discussion (in a good way!)--we studied Victorian responses to Origin of Species and created an exhibit on our discussions for a museum in Vermont!
Not Your Typical Internship: Studying Global Health in Kosovo
Prishtina, Kosovo: capital of a land-locked Balkan country full of seemingly incongruous sights.
- No. 1
It pushed me out of my comfort zone.
I had to learn (and fail, and learn again) how to get better at something I wasn't naturally good at. And our hard work paid off! This is us cheesing after winning the New England Championship last year. Here's the silly version of what happens when we work hard: (Personally, I think Abby '17 and her face-palm demonstration reflects the disbelief we were all feeling after placing 8th at Nationals last spring.)
- No. 2
So many team bonding activities!
Some of my favorites include finding the best sandwich shops for #eats between games at tournaments, watching movies or hiking on weekends, and partaking in other Dartmouth traditions together. One team tradition our stomachs will never forget is demolishing a Ben and Jerry’s Vermonster Sundae as part of our post-season recovery. Trust me, it’s a lot–even for an ice cream lover like me.
- No. 3
Every year, we go on a preseason training trip to California.