It's Midterm Season!
At Dartmouth, the 10-week terms ensure that academics move quickly and intensely; as I start to wrap up week 5, I'm happy to have put some of my initial midterms behind me. At Dartmouth, students often refer to all major assignments/exams as midterms. In this post, I want to provide an insight into what peak exam season looks like at Dartmouth, looking at my own courses for reference!
One of my biggest exams earlier this week was for my Human Functional Anatomy class. Although I'm more of a humanities person, I'm taking this class for my science, lab, and anthropology major credits, so I'm definitely getting a lot of value from it. Also, learning about the intricacy of bones, muscles, and joints in the human body has been interesting, as it helps me understand my body more. Our first midterm was focused on the anatomy of the shoulder, arm, and hand—it was in-person, and the professor split the room up into 14 stations. Each station had its own set of exam questions, and all of us rotated around the room with 2 minutes allotted for each station. The stations had us identify different muscles of models of the arm, compare the bones of humans and primates to point out functional differences and identify how muscles and bones work together to facilitate certain movements of the body. Overall, it was an interesting and new exam experience for me, considering I have not taken many STEM or science courses at Dartmouth.
Another major midterm I am working on is a research proposal for my anthropological research methods course. The course allows students to design their own research projects. My project is focused on first-generation low-income juniors' experiences at Dartmouth, with particular attention to how Dartmouth has shaped their identity and personal development over the past two years. As part of the research proposal, I have to discuss my aims, methodology, background literature, and other sections surrounding my research's details. This is definitely a uniquely structured course, and I'm enjoying it so far!
The last midterm I had recently was for my Arabic class; we had to prepare speeches on co-education in Gulf universities and present them in Arabic to the class. Afterward, we had to ask and answer each other's questions based on our speeches, so it was a really great way to practice the language. I love having opportunities to practice Arabic, so preparing my speech was really enjoyable.
Midterm season at Dartmouth is certainly stressful, but the way professors add creative differences to their midterms keeps it interesting and helpful to intellectual development. Although I occasionally don't enjoy working on midterms, I'm usually glad about the development and practice I get out of them after the fact