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FallHanover, NHFavorite Class: HIST 5.11: Gandhi, Twentieth Century India and the World
After seeing this class in the course catalogue, it surprisingly piqued my interest. I decided to take the course on a whim, and I don't regret it for a second. Between reading various historical accounts and conducting my very first true historical research paper, I learned more about Gandhi than I ever thought I would know in my lifetime. Furthermore, I gained valuable knowledge about India's struggle for independence and subsequent partitions that have allowed me to better understand the historical context behind current day issues in South Asia. From this course I've realized that I love history, and want to pursue the discipline as a double major.
WinterHanover, HNFavorite Class: COSC 1: Introduction to Programming and Computation
This class was AWESOME. I originally took the course as a prerequisite for another potential major. However, coming away from CS1, I now know that I want to continue further in the CS department! My professor was amazing and truly had a passion for teaching computer science and getting new students excited about the discipline. Besides having an infectious energy during class, she also made sure to make short assignments and labs fun and engaging. HIGHLY recommend. So much fun.
SpringHanover, NHFavorite Class: HIST 19: US Political History of the 20th Century
This term was by far my favorite so far at Dartmouth, especially by the time the snow melted and the sun came back out from wherever it was hiding. I absolutely loved this history class that I took because I felt that it helped me to better understand the way our country is today by studying our political past. I got to focus on a research topic of my own choosing, and I discovered a real love and affinity for research in the field of history.
I spent the summer at home, relaxing with my family and friends. When I wasn't at home in Houston, I was traveling with family, in particular my grandparents, who live in Florida and California.
FallHanover, NHFavorite Class: ENGL 64: Cultural Analytics
I'm finally back on campus! I can't wait to get back into the swing of things, and enjoy the beauty of Hanover autumns. i am very excited for my classes this term, particularly a coding class in the humanities, where I will get to apply my love for computation and programming to topics in the humanities!
WinterHanover, NHFavorite Class: ANTH 37 Legacies of Conquest: Latin America
This class, being in the Anthropology department, was certainly out of my comfort zone. With my history background, however, I found that I had a unique perspective to contribute to class conversations, due to the varied nature of the anthropological academic approach. We learned about the history of conquest in Latin America and how that shape conquest today. What is conquest? Does it still persist? Can it ever go away? Are we to always live in the legacy past?
SpringHanover, NHFavorite Class: COSC 52: Full-Stack Web Development
Spring 20S! Online classes… This class, CS52, got me through this term. With all the chaos and uncertainty surrounding everything going on, the projects for this class made me stay sane. Work for this class was fun and even stress relieving (weird, yes, I am aware). And the professor was absolutely incredible. I am super proud of all the projects I made, including most notably our app Tempo, an IOS app that makes custom workout playlists.
Best Trails Walking Distance from Campus
Sometimes, you just need to be outside and in nature, but maybe you don't have a car or a means to get to some bigger hikes. All of these trails are super easy, fun, and walking distance from campus.
- No. 1
While I don’t have a picture to show off this hike, Velvet Rocks is a quick 2-to-3-mile trail that starts from behind the lacrosse fields. This makes it super easy to access from campus. Like all of these on this list, it is rated an easy hike, and is perfect for when you just need to be outside and enjoy nature.
- No. 2
Not going to lie, the 1.5-mile trek up East Wheelock street is much harder than the hike through Balch Hill itself. That said, Balch Hill is a cute little secluded nature reserve that is small but serene. The “summit” at the top is an exposed grassy field with a fun view of campus below (and by campus, I mean the top of Baker Berry Tower peeping through the trees).
- No. 3
If you cross the Connecticut River into Vermont, and then veer left, there’s a trailhead that takes you to the Hazen Trail, a 4-mile trail that takes you south along the river. Some people have also called it the planet trail, as it coincides with trails from the Montshire Museum, where there are signs about planets that appear every so often. This is an awesome trail for trail running, and honestly a great place to just disappear in nature for a few hours. Last time I went I saw some deer and some turkeys running along beside me.
The Definitive Guide to Collis Pasta
I argue that Collis pasta is the best thing to happen to Dartmouth Dining Services (DDS) since Foco cookies.
- No. 1
Step 1: Timing
You gotta hit the pasta line at the right time. Circa 6 or 7, the line is virtually out the door. I exclusively get there past between 4 and 5:30, when I don’t have to wait in line at all, and I have no problem finding a seat. Major life hacks right there.
- No. 2
Step 2: Veggies
No Collis pasta is complete without a bowl full of veggies from the salad bar. Personally, I enjoy filling my bowl with all the leafy greens possible, and then add in mushrooms. Mushrooms soak up the flavor and taste like any other piece of pasta. I’ve seen some people put some pretty weird veggies in their pasta—the possibilities are endless.
- No. 3
Step 3: Meat (if you’re into it), sauces, + the actual pasta part
I’m a big meat eater, so I love to add a huge meatball to my pasta. Then there are three options of sauces: white, red, and meat (which is just red marinara sauce mixed in with smaller bites of meat). Definitively, the best combination is meat sauce & white sauce mixed (introduced to me by my beloved Trip Leader from First Year Trips the very first time I ever tried Collis pasta). From there you choose the actual substance of your pasta—the actual pasta. Personally, I love the tri-colored, but I’m less opinionated on the best type of pasta as I am regarding the best sauce combination.