Amy Guan's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
I met some of my best friends in this class and was first introduced to what is now my minor! Professor Farid simplified difficult concepts and made lectures fun to attend.
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: WRIT 7: Science and Society with Professor Frederick Kull
It was really interesting because everyone got to make a presentation about anything in the world they were interested in related to science, from the science of pop music to water.
Although I've never spoken a word of Japanese, it was so cool to be able to study the development of Asian languages, connecting them to societal implications today.
SummerHome in Princeton, NJ
I interned at Byrne Asset Management, a firm in Princeton, NJ. It was really cool to be able to gain insights into an industry I was previously not very familiar with and make contributions at an actual firm.
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: MUS051: Oral Tradition Musicianship with Professor Shabazz
We learned to play African drums and listened to Latin and West African music for class—what's there not to like? Exploring non-Western music was eye-opening and incredibly fun!
At Dartmouth, every student is required to get three PE (Physical Education) classes as well as complete a swim test throughout their time here.
- No. 1
Perfect for anyone who likes a challenge and variety, Kardio Konditioning is an 8 AM PE class offered every term that trains you through running, various HIIT cardio workouts, and spinning classes. The class met every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and was definitely one of the most fun and engaging classes I've taken at Dartmouth. Each day had a different focus and workout routine, and the instructor was incredibly encouraging and energetic, making every class exciting to go to, despite the early wake-up time.
- No. 2
Offered over the summer, sailing is known as one of the most fun and unique classes you can take over your sophomore summer. As someone who's never really been a fan of water-related activities besides swim classes in elementary school, I signed for sailing on a whim after hearing from a '19 that the class had made his summer. A bus leaves from campus at 2:30 pm every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday that takes you to the Dartmouth Yacht Club on Lake Mascoma, an incredibly beautiful lake half an hour from campus. There, we met with the instructors who went over the parts of a boat before setting us all up into groups and letting us out onto the water. It was so cool to be able to actually navigate and operate the boat—we were each taught how to use each of the ropes and sails, and in no time, we were sailing on our own. It was incredibly relaxing and peaceful, and definitely an experience I wouldn't have had otherwise.
- No. 3
Fun fact: I actually wrote my college application essay about my brief figure skating career. I dropped skating in middle school, but I've wanted to get back on the ice since then—I signed up for ice skating lessons during the winter, where we met twice a week to skate with members of the Dartmouth Figure Skating Team. It was fun to get back on the ice and practice jumps and spins. For those who didn't know how to skate, there were also instructors to teach beginners.
Finding Music at Dartmouth
Though I never planned on pursuing music seriously in college, after playing since I was 4, it was not something I was quite ready to let go when coming to college.
Building an app in CS52
Instead of a final, we had a final project where we created anything we wanted using what we had learned from the course — my group decided to create purrpl, a self-care app using React Native...
Everyone’s favorite time of year: formal season!
Let's go to the beach, beach
There are three big indicators that spring has arrived in Hanover, New Hampshire: a campus full of pastels, strawberries at the Hop, and perhaps most obviously, the Green, once covered in seemingly unmeltable snow, now covered in both grass (that
Hacking in the woods
I didn't expect much the first time I touched anything related to computer science — despite my dad being involved in the tech world, I had more or less avoided it until enrolling in COSC001 my freshman fall.
Eating our way across Hanover: Brunch Edition
Nobody does a lazy Sunday morning better than Hanover, NH—one of my favorite parts of the week is waking up late on Sunday and gathering with my friends for everyone's favorite meal: brunch. Here are just some of my Hanover brunch must-haves!
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Located next to the back of the Hopkins Center, Market Table is a cute, chic restaurant with excellent fresh-baked goods as well as healthy options. Market Table offers fresh and locally-sourced foods, and always provides a nice, relaxing atmosphere for their Saturday and Sunday brunches.
- No. 2
Jewel of India
$11 Indian brunch buffet? Sign me up! This is a favorite among my group of friends, and we always make sure to make time for Jewel brunch a few times a term. Make sure you're extra hungry before you go to Jewel brunch — unlimited naan and tight pants make for a dangerous combination.
- No. 3
If you're feeling a little fancy, Pine's always a go-to option. Located in the Hanover Inn (right next to the Hopkins Center), Pine is Hanover's upscale American restaurant. Don't miss out on the famous Pine Burger, and their brunch eggs and toasts are always popular options.
Navigating the woods: what's there to do at Dartmouth?
Coming to Dartmouth from a relatively lively and central town in New Jersey, I remember being terrified that I'd feel closed off or isolated at a school that prides itself in sayings like "Welcome to the Woods!" and the accessibility of the natura
Life in a Living Learning Community
As someone who's always loved arts and literature, I never really thought about what role they'd play in my college life as an Economics and Computer Science major.
Roaming around the girdled earth
One of the things that stands out most clearly about Dartmouth is how pretty it is—the first time I drove up with my parents, I noted how the sky seemed to be bluer than it was back in New Jersey, and how the air seemed crisper and more f