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FallHanover, NHFavorite Class: RUSS 001: Introductory Russian
Although 7:35am drill 4 times a week was not the easiest, I got to supplement what I was learning with Russian Tea every Thursday, home to Russian snacks, board games, cartoons, and general дача vibes!
WinterHanover, NHFavorite Class: ENGL 007.47: Tales of the Avant Garde
My First-Year Seminar (FYS) focused on works of art throughout recent history that challenged or rejected the norms of their time. We got to take a visit to the Hood Museum of Art for an up-close look at avant-garde traditions, and I wrote my final paper about Paramore!
SpringHanover, NHFavorite Class: REL 021.01: Religion and Social Capital
I'd never taken a Religion class before this one, but it did a great job of starting with key thinkers like Durkheim and Federici and applying religious theory to explain real-world phenomena like mutual aid, legacy admissions, and social media.
SummerHanover, NHFavorite Class: GOVT 084: Populism and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy
It was a little bit terrifying to be in an advanced Government seminar as a freshman, but visiting professor Yascha Mounk helped us break down modern political events - and tweets - using comparative political theory.
FallEdinburgh, ScotlandFavorite Class: REL 074.07: Ritual in Post-Modern Great Britain
On my Religion Foreign Study Program (FSP), we got to take 2 classes at the University of Edinburgh as well as this class, taught by Dartmouth prof Kevin Reinhart. We used anthropological and sociological texts on ritual to explain prehistoric cairns in Scotland, modern practices at Edinburgh's many places of worship, and even some Dartmouth rituals like Homecoming. After class, we got to experience another ritual - going out to the pub together!
WinterHanover, NHFavorite Class: GOVT 018: Introduction to Political Game Theory
I didn't think Government could be such a numbers-heavy subject, but it turns out a lot of political situations can be explained using this kind of mathematical modeling. As the threat of coronavirus became real during the end of this term, these models were really useful to know in our (not-so-)unprecedented times!
My first COVID term was also my first off-term, which I used to work on a business development internship alongside other first-generation, low-income students. I also dogsat an anxious but goofy Staffie and watched SEVERAL hours of Twilight.
SummerLondon, EnglandFavorite Class: EARS 080.02: Astrobiology
I'm a complete beginner to the world of earth science, but this class was remarkably interdisciplinary and walked us through the power of the rock record and all the questions about Earth's history that we still can't fully answer. My final paper was actually about the possibility of an alien planet that we could all move to one day!
FallHanover, NHFavorite Class: MUS 031: Songwriting
A small class where all we had to do was make music and hype up everyone else's music. It's the college academic experience I always dreamed of (albeit it would have been better in person), and I'm still close to everyone in the class to this day!
WinterHanover, NHFavorite Class: COSC 074: Machine Learning and Statistical Data Analysis
Machine learning is a discipline that impacts basically everything we do online, from social media or shopping to listening to music or using autocorrect. Although this was a computer science class, most of our work was graphing different types of computer learning and understanding the potential for humans and computers to rely on each other in the future.
SpringReading, United KingdomFavorite Class: COSC 027: Projects in Digital Arts
The culminating experience for my Digital Arts minor was a little daunting, since we all needed to move along with self-guided individual projects, but I got to make a music video for one of my own songs (written in my Songwriting class!) using Maya, Blender, and After Effects. I learned so much in these 10 weeks and got to display my work at Technigala, Dartmouth Applied Learning and Innovation (DALI) Lab's termly showcase of arts, apps, and innovation.
My second off-term was different from my first off-term, because I began working full-time as a Senior Fellow with the Admissions Office. I also started petsitting more professionally and traveled around London to meet some awesome pets and pet lovers. But I still kept time for my termly Twilight rewatch as well :)
FallHanover, NHFavorite Class: QSS 081: Major Thesis Research
I may have decided I wanted to do an honor thesis in QSS about 6 weeks later than my classmates did - which is a lot of time to miss when you're producing several pages' worth of research from scratch. But thanks to some last minute planning, and a LOT of accommodation from Professor Michael Herron and my advisor Professor Elsa Voytas, I’m now making good progress!
l'm using my third off-term to work on my thesis while also putting in hours as a Senior Fellow, a UGA, and a drill instructor for 7th and 8th graders. I hope I'll have enough time to rewatch the Twilight Series again!
Financial Aid and Where to Find It
Dartmouth is full of funding sources, for everything from research to travel to pizza! Here are some experiences Dartmouth has helped me afford.
- No. 1
SPEC is the Special Programs and Events Committee, a student-led body that oversees funding allocations to large and infrequent campus programming of all kinds. If the average Dartmouth student recognizes the name, it's probably from the "Thanks, SPEC" on the posters of Friday Night Rock, a club that brings indie music to campus several times a term. But I specifically got to work with SPEC as a member of the Programming Committee for Dartmouth's Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM), to be held in April 2019. SPEC helped us near the end of the process, when we had to draw up a budget for the things we wanted to do and explain why SPEC in particular should fund us. Although it was a tough bargain to make, and our budget was apparently an all-time high for AAPIHM, SPEC was able to fund basically our entire request of $16,000, which helped us have an amazing and meaningful month of keynotes, performances, hands-on activities, and lots of food and culture. Thanks, SPEC!
- No. 2
The Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, which students just call Rocky, is another great place to bring projects in need of funding. Specifically, it offers specialized funding for public policy internships, research, and other leave term opportunities, as well as mini-grants for campus events or off-campus conferences. When I jumped into my senior thesis in Quantitative Social Science 5 weeks late (the story of which is probably ANOTHER future blog post), some deadlines for funding had already passed. Even though Rocky's Senior Thesis Grants were still available, I hadn't solidified anything except the broad field of my thesis, let alone what research question I'd be answering or how I would be collecting data. Luckily, a short blurb with my ideas was all I needed to submit an application literally the day of the deadline - in normal circumstances, I do not recommend doing this at all, but in my strange case it ended up working out, and I'm really lucky to have funding from Rocky as well as a better sense of how to make it useful for my thesis.
- No. 3
Finally, I have to shout out the Office of Residential Life as an underrated source of funding for its employees. I'm a first-year Undergraduate Advisor (UGA) for School House, and something that's really important to me is having one-on-one time with my often-busy residents. As a UGA, I have access to funding for all sorts of events that I plan on my own, as long as they benefit my housing community at some level. So a program I started this term is called "Please Let Me Buy You Coffee/Boba" - I had my residents sign up for a time they were free, and we'd go into town together and buy a quick drink at Starbucks, Still North, Dirt Cowboy, or 4U Bubble Tea, then just chat about life and get to know each other better. This term, one of the events that I got to fund was a winter-themed study night in the common room, with free eggnog and apple cider! We all appreciate free food and drinks here at Dartmouth, but I'm especially grateful to be able to access funding that is specifically for the purpose of community bonding.