Autumn's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: JAPN 1 - First Year Japanese
I just love my professor and my classmates! (I had to wake up at 7:15 everyday to go to drill, but it was totally worth it) We were so close that we had breakfast together every morning, and called ourselves the Brekky Club!
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: FILM 33 - Screenwriting 1
I've always loved writing scripts and seeing my writing being materialized into several scenes, so I thought this class would be perfect. Also, I'd love to take up some challenges in my second term at Dartmouth!
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: JAPN 10 - Intro to Japanese Culture
Japanese literature really is my passion, and in professor Dorsey's class, I got to read many Japanese masterpieces along the history of the Sakura country. Also, professor Dorsey is AMAZING - he is just like our friend!
FallTokyo, JapanFavorite Class: Japanese LSA+
I had the time of my life during the LSA+ in Tokyo. I learned interesting things about Japanese culture, made close Japanese friends, and improved my Japanese a lot!! I had the time of my life during the LSA+ in Tokyo. I learned interesting things about Japanese culture, made close Japanese friends, and improved my Japanese a lot!!
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: ECON 21: Microeconomics
I like the maths - they explain the "common sense" I referred to a lot in ECON 1 in a much more logical way. The professor is great; her instructions are easy to understand, and she always eagers to help us understand the lectures better.
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: TUCK 01: Financial Accounting
This course is super helpful if you're planning to go into finance or consulting. Taking this course has helped me so much in preparing for an interview for my junior summer internship!
How to survive midterms at an Ivy
The 10-week term passes by really, really fast and midterm week has arrived before I even knew it! 2 tests and 1 paper all in one week (can you imagine that??) but (very unexpectedly) I survived!
- No. 1
Have dinner and study with my friends at night
I used to think that I work best when I’m completely alone in a super quiet place — but that was before I know how stressful college can be. The amount of work is much greater than that in high school, and I really have to invest my energy in every course I’m taking. Therefore, I start hanging out and studying with my friends every night. We would have dinner together at Foco (the Class of 1954 Commons food court) and go to Berry (the library) together to do our work. Most of the time I would put on my earphones to concentrate on my homework, but from times to times I would take a small break to talk to my friends, or simply just ask them for an energy hug if I’m too tired. Being with my friends helps me a lot in conquering this midterm week!
- No. 2
Get inspired at Rauner Library
Whenever I need to brainstorm my essay, or simply just need to highly focus on my work, I always come to Rauner Library and sit next to one of its giant, classy window looking to The Green. The view is beautiful – it’s very green and very Dartmouth – and I’m totally in love with it. Another bonus point from Rauner is that the sofas there are super comfy, so I can take a 20-minute nap to refresh my mind whenever I feel tired!
- No. 3
Get sweaty at Homecoming
And after five days of studying and exams and deadlines, Homecoming finally came!! I put on all my Dartmouth gear, and as non-athletic as I am, I still ran 5 laps around the bonfire. Alumni and upperclassmen cheered for us around the Green. “Run 21s,” they screamed. My friends and I even ran with a ’71 for a few minutes, and I was really touched to feel the connection between generations of students here at Dartmouth. “And how amazing it would be,” I told my friends, “that someday we would come back here and cheer for our kids from the outside!”
What do first years do on their first weekend here?
I wasn't sure how I would spend my weekends when I got to Dartmouth, but it was busy right away! Here are a couple things I've done so far:
- No. 1
Go stargazing at the Golf Course
It was a spur of the moment, when I and my friends were walking back to a friend’s dorm and I suddenly said that I wanted to go stargaze. And we just did it! It was cold and the grass was wet and I only had a summer dress on me but everything was wonderful! We lied down on the grass and listened to old cheesy music and looked at the sky full of stars. Growing up in a city, I’d never seen the sky that beautiful. I saw four shooting stars that night, but I didn’t make any wish – lying under that sky made me feel like I didn’t need anything else. The stars and the sky that night made me feel fortunate that I chose Dartmouth.
- No. 2
Hang out at Collis
Collis, our student center, has everything: free drinks, wild music, dancing, pool tables, foosball, video games, and a good sofa to chill with friends! Last week a friend taught me how to play pool and though I was still very bad I enjoyed it a lot! Collis is also a great place to meet new people and make new friends! And whenever I feel tired of people (I’m actually quite introvert) I can always escape to the super cozy One Wheelock room with a friend and enjoy nice free coffee~
- No. 3
Do the Lou’s challenge
The Lou’s Challenge is to basically stay up all night and get to Lou’s, a popular restaurant downtown, in time for breakfast and then go to class. I know that this challenge is quite pointless and it messes up your schedule but it’s college and you worked hard for all week so why not?? I did the challenge last week, and I was one of the three people who didn’t cheat! We watched movies, had late pizza, played cards, or simply just talked about everything. And Lou’s pancake was totally worth the challenge!
An eye-opening outside-the-class academic experience
Last Sunday, I had the most extraordinary academic experience in my life.