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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.
Independent Studies: Coding in the Humanities
Jul is a religion major, and I am planning to double major in computer science and history. For this final class project, we decided to be ambitious: we wanted to know if we were able to computationally trace change in religious thought over time.
Five Things I Miss About Dartmouth When I'm Gone
Just before Thanksgiving I finished up all of my classes and finals, and now I am home for 6 weeks. These are the things I miss most about Dartmouth while I'm away (not in any particular order).
- No. 1
Leaves that actually change color (and fall)
Now technically I’m still going to be missing this when I get back to Hanover in January, but it applies nonetheless. Fall in Hanover is INCREDIBLE and totally unlike anything I’ve ever experienced back home in Houston. The leaves are gorgeous, but there’s so many other fun fall activities that I’ve gotten to do this term like apple and pumpkin picking. Everyone has a fall bucket list that they hope to finish before they leave Dartmouth—and there's a reason. Fall here is unlike anywhere else.
- No. 2
My dorm home
Okay, while it is nice being at my real home, my dorm home has so many fun memories attached to it. For one, I definitely miss my roommate, and all the cute posters and flags that we picked out together to decorate the room. The one thing I definitely don’t miss is the four flights of stairs to our room, and I enjoy the amenities of my bathroom at home. Something about my dorm though just makes me happy.
- No. 3
Views like these
This picture was actually taken in Franconia, on Mount Garfield, which is an hour north of Hanover. Being so close to the White Mountains, I love to be outside and go hiking with my friends. I am not in such close proximity to hikes or mountains in Houston, so in New Hampshire I have to take advantage. It is super easy to do so with such an awesome organization like Dartmouth's Outing club (DOC)!
5 Things My Sister Loves About Dartmouth
My family visited Dartmouth this weekend and I got to show my little sister around campus!
- No. 1
McNamara Dairy Chocolate Milk
This, as my sister calls it, is the best chocolate milk in the entire universe. It is from a local dairy farm in Plainfield, New Hampshire, and they sell it at both King Arthur Flour and Novack! I get one every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (if it isn’t sold out) before my 11 class. If you get one from KAF they can even put a shot or two of espresso for you, which helps when you want your chocolate milk but need caffeine.
- No. 2
This might be the best cheese in the whole universe. As all great things are here, it is from a local farm in the Upper Valley. The best part about it? Cabot cheese is lactose-free. I know. Truly incredible. On campus they sell it at Novack and Collis Market, but if you venture across the river to Quechee, Vermont, there is a Cabot cheese store where you can try and buy all the Cabot cheese that your heart desires. My sister supposedly bought 4 pounds of it to take back to Texas, if that tells you anything about how good it is.
- No. 3
Rumor has it that Morano Gelato is the reason that Vermont-based Ben & Jerry’s got run out of town. This gelato is so good. Definitely a Dartmouth classic. My sister’s favorite flavor was strawberry with dark chocolate; along with all things on this list, she still won’t stop talking about it.
The Hidden Gems of Dartmouth
Here are some cool parts about campus that you may or may not have heard of!
- No. 1
A bunch of my friends here love to go to the ceramics studio and make cool pieces of pottery! The studio is offered through the Hopkins Center of Arts and has classes you can take if you've never worked with pottery before. It is such a nice way to relax, take a break, and ease your mind after a long day of classes. The HOP also offers similar programs for jewelry making and woodworking.
- No. 2
One Wheelock Coffee
Free coffee?? Sign me up. Down in One Wheelock Cafe in the basement of Collis, there is FREE coffee and hot chocolate. When studying, it is quite literally incredible. One Wheelock also has comfy couches and a cute coffee shop vibe. Lots of times they have live music and trivia there at night. It's a pretty cool place.
- No. 3
This might be the most hidden of the gems on this list. Up on the fourth floor of the Life Sciences Center there is this marvel: the greenhouse. Especially in the winter, it is a perfect place to study and soak in some sunlight. Just simply being surrounded by the plants instantly puts me in a better mood. More people should really take advantage of this incredible study spot!