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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.
A Foodie's Tour of Hanover's Neighbor: White River Junction
About ten minutes down the road from Hanover is the beloved little town of White River Junction, and surprisingly, it has some pretty amazing food.
- No. 1
Two words for you. Turkish Cuisine. It’s incredible. There are so many different types of kababs to chose from, and they still manage to have some pretty incredible vegetarian options. I’ve been there twice, once with my parents and once with my friend’s parents. It was originally recommended to us by our Writing 5 professor who grew up in the area. She really knew what she was talking about. Needless to say, I’m a big fan. 10/10 recommend.
- No. 2
They call themselves a "modern apothecary cafe." Not entirely sure what that means, but I'm here for it. I didn’t know about this place until more recently, but boy is it good. It is tiny and very hipster-esque. They have tons of smoothies made with fresh fruits and vegetables, which are very refreshing. My favorite is the mint berry, but that’s not even the extent of it. They have food! Their avocado toast? Unparalleled. I’ve heard they have good coffee too, but I’ve never tried it. I’ve only been once, but hope to go again soon.
- No. 3
Oh boy. This place is located right next door to Tuckerbox, and man is it an eye-catcher. The window is covered in plants and greenery with cute and vibey antique furniture to match the aesthetic. In addition to their drinks and their pastries, they also serve a full menu. Two of my friends have their own foodstagrams, and they cannot get over this place, which means you know it’s gotta be good.
How to Choose Classes at Dartmouth 101:
Here at Dartmouth we generally take three courses per term. With so many cool classes available, how on Earth do you choose? Here's my advice!
- No. 1
Spread them out
Do you really like math? Or really like science? You want to take three math or science classes in a single term? I suppose that’s your prerogative, but besides being an obscene amount of work, in order to get the most out of your Dartmouth experience, spread your classes out! We are a liberal arts school with a wide range of interesting and unique departments for you to choose from! We are the only Ivy with a Geography department and are world renowned for our accomplished Native American Studies department, among others. Spread your classes out across departments so that you can experience all that Dartmouth has to offer!
- No. 2
Vary your workload
In Dartmouth lingo, you might hear of something called a ‘layup’, or in other words, a relatively easy class where you can get an easy A. Key word: relatively. Here at Dartmouth, even classes you think might be easy may have a lot of reading or writing. Other classes will have a lot of midterms or exams. Some classes might be flipped classrooms, where you teach yourself outside of class and do exercises and workshops in class. You are not going to want three flipped classes in one term, nor are you going to want three reading and writing heavy classes or exam heavy classes. If you vary your workload by types of work that each class requires, you’ll be happier because you’ll be less bogged down by your course load.
- No. 3
Step out of your comfort zone
Be adventurous! Try things that interest you! If you’re sitting here saying nothing interests me except ________, you’re wrong. There’s something else out there that you just haven’t found yet. Spontaneously take a class that you think you might remotely enjoy doing, and you’ll discover new interests! Furthermore, say you don’t think you are a ‘science' person, or vice versa, say you don’t think you are a ‘reading’ person, try to step out of your comfort zone! Don’t be afraid to try new things. Take advantage of all that Dartmouth has to offer in order to better yourself and your academic ability. At first, I thought I was definitely not a ‘coding’ person, but now I want to major in computer science! You never know where you’ll find a new passion.