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Anticipation? That's probably the best way to put it. It seems a bit odd that I would be calling myself eager to get back to coursework, but Winter term has a lot in store, and somehow, I can't wait to return to classes. Maybe it's in part due to the fact that I'm still here on campus in the midst of winterim, and while I'm a little bit buried in work in the meantime, the empty sidewalks and lack of cheerful voices outside my window make me long for a little bit more company. Though, there's much more to it than that; I'm incredibly excited to study some new topics, and this next term will provide just that. As I had an immense variety of diverse courses to choose from, I'm excited to take the next steps further into my favorite topics, as well as visiting some completely new ones.

To start, I'll be taking ECON 21 and PHYS 41, Microeconomics and Intro Electricity and Magnetism respectively, two courses which I've actually been excited to take for a while. As I'm likely a double major in Economics and Engineering Physics, these topics are nothing new, but my last class is a little different; cross-listed in three different departments, it's called COCO 20, ENGS 17, and MUS 17. While those department listings might seem a little confusing to you, they're actually confusing to most Dartmouth students as well – it's a mix of engineering and music, and the COCO means it's a college course, which is essentially a class that's too interdisciplinary to even fit into any single department. All and all, the class is named Making Music: The Art, Science, and Symbolism of Musical Instruments, taught by my ENGS 21 professor and satisfying both non-western and art distributives, making it a unique hands-on, cultural, and artistic experience. I'm honestly super excited to see what's in store, and I'm definitely interested in seeing how they plan to fit so many diverse studies into a single course.

While my courseload has its quirks, there are undoubtedly tons of Dartmouth students out there with much more distinctive mixes of studies on their schedules. With only three courses a term – or maybe four for those who are ambitious – I honestly think that course selection can be incredibly difficult. With so many fascinating departments, and even more intriguing conglomerate classes, it's sometimes tough to choose which opportunities to pass up on in favor of others. At the end of the day, a schedule can only fit so many courses, and while Dartmouth gives students a staggering amount of freedom in their studies, it frankly makes it hard sometimes to choose what to take. The College really makes it hard for students to refrain from exploring, from expanding their outlooks and trying new things, and that's part of what makes the experience so life-altering; it truly goes a long way to broaden perceptions and create new perspectives of the world altogether.

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