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A picture of a map I made in my GIS Lab of different land types in the Upper Valley to display information like their costs.

I am excited to be back on-campus for Spring term after studying abroad in Winter through the French LSA+. Returning has been a very interesting experience. It's like stepping into a familiar yet somehow altered world. As a city girl at heart, I really enjoyed the change of pace of life in Toulouse, but I am so grateful to be back to the constant possibility of running into friends on campus. I think a large part of the change I feel is actually to do with myself and the ways that I transformed through the experiences and lessons I gained from being abroad. I am definitely looking forward to bringing this new perspective to my life and classes at Dartmouth this term.

I find myself approaching my classes with a newfound curiosity and openness, eager to learn from my professors and classmates. And I also find myself more motivated to return to my pre-health classes. Speaking of which, this term I am finishing the general chemistry sequence with Chem 6. I have it at 10:10 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday then have Monday Chem lab from 2:15 pm to 6:15.  

This spring term is also major because us sophomores have to declare our major (see what I did there?). I have decided to major in Geography!! I have possible minors and modified or double majors that I am thinking of adding in the future which I can still do. After already taking a few Geography classes throughout freshman year and Fall of sophomore year, I realized that I really like the department and all the ways that it fits with my interests as well as how it stimulates me with new and interesting knowledge. That's why my other two classes this term are Geography 9.01: Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geography 16: A Climate for Human Security. They both meet for two hours, twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

My Geography 9 class has a 2-hour weekly GIS developing lab component in the Fairchild Physical Sciences Center that is very interesting because I am learning how to make maps. Maps are employed across several fields but I am especially interested in how they are beneficial to the Health field. They enable the mapping and understanding of epidemics and so much more!

Geography 16 is a bit different from the type of classes I usually gravitate towards that focus more on cultural science but I am finding it so academically stimulating and rewarding to gain a better understanding of Climate Change. Usually, the lectures are very engaging with group brainstorming whiteboard activities. Plus, the other day I loved how my reading assignment was to listen to a podcast!

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