Hi there :) My name is Bryanna and I'm a '23 who was raised in Singapore. On campus I co-direct Sugarplum Dance Team, am involved in the Dickey Center's War and Peace Fellows program, do oral history research on the Vietnam War, and am writing a history honors thesis on the Cambodian Genocide. In my free time, I work as a barista at a local cafe called the Nest, listen to The Daily, and watch Masterchef (I'm trying to get into cooking).
With only 12 people, this course was the perfect seminar style course to introduce me to the history department at Dartmouth. We learned about pre-Columbus America up until the American Revolution, exploring a vast period of American history that is largely swept over in high school curriculums.
As someone who hopes to attend law school one day, this course was the perfect introduction to legal jargon, briefs, and the like. Professor Kalish helped me improve my writing my leaps and bounds as we explored judicial philosophies, current Supreme Court cases, and court history.
Despite my inability to sing or act, I've always been a big fan of theatre. Quite frankly, this course is one of the reasons I applied to Dartmouth in the first place. We read plays written from the early 1900s up to Hamilton, engaging with each deeply through class discussions and essay writing.
This summer I interned with a food bank in Philadelphia called Philabundance through the Dartmouth Partners in Community Service (DPCS) summer internship program. Each year, students apply to be matched as interns with non-profits in San Francisco, Philadelphia, or Boston. I completed the 10 week internship remotely from Asia, working a 9pm to 5am shift 5 days a week. It was an incredibly timely experience, as I worked primarily on Philabundance's COVID-19 relief efforts.
How would you describe Dartmouth's sense of place?
Dartmouth has a very strong sense of place. The College prides itself on being a huge part of the Upper Valley community, and when you are at Dartmouth, you can take part in all that it has to offer. From the farmers markets, to the Connecticut River, to local hikes -- there are so many opportunities to take part in the unique area of New Hampshire that the College calls its home. Our mascot is "Big Green" for a reason: Dartmouth is nestled between the beautiful, green mountains of Vermont and the white mountains of New Hampshire. It truly feels like summer camp.
Hanover's small size means that the town and the college are fundamentally intertwined. I work at a local coffee shop and most of my customers are Dartmouth students. You'll be walking through town, getting dinner at the local Chinese resturant Han Fusion, or be trying on clothes at a boutique, and you're guarenteed to run into people you know. I've absolutely loved this aspect of Dartmouth.
Dartmouth refers to itself as a "base camp to the world." The Upper Valley is certainly home, but it is also the launching pad from which students can experience study abroads, internships, and more. After every summer, my off-term, and my study abroad, I feel like I've been able to fit right back into the swing of Dartmouth. Despite my real home being halfway across the world in Singapore, coming back to the Upper Valley has always felt like coming home.