Hello! My name is Chase and I am a '25 from South Carolina. I intend on exploring what the field of music can offer (whether that's the cognition of sound or exploring more interactive projects). When I'm not hanging out with friends or doing classwork, you can find me practicing tuba in The Hop. I'm involved in the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble (DCWE), Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Dartmouth Chamber Orchestra (DCO), Friday Night Rock, and of course, this blog.
As someone who did not know the ins and outs of marine policy, I loved learning about aspects of the blue economy. This class encourages us to be aware of the human aspect of marine problems regarding coastal erosion, pollution, and climate change. Professor Webster is the coolest!
I could not recommend this class enough to anyone who goes to this school! Professor Beaudoin has truly influenced me as both a musician and a student. We learn the music from the 1800's to present day including famous composers like Tchaikovsky, but also music by Beyonce and even the music of Dartmouth's professors. This is much more than a music history class. It is a class about music, our lives, and exploring the concept of sonder through musical lens.
For the D-Plan, do students take classes for all four quarters a year or can they take one quarter off a year?
Although the D-Plan seems complicated, I truly have enjoyed learning about how I will be able to plan out my next four years at Dartmouth. Almost all students take a quarter off a year instead of taking classes all four quarters during the year. The "D-Plan" refers to the quarter system Dartmouth students follow which gives them the opportunity to decide when they take classes and when they're on break. However, students can be on break and participate in internships or still be on campus doing research; students can also study abroad while they take classes.
First year students are required to take residence terms (quarters in which they're enrolled in classes) during their fall, winter, and spring quarters. In addition, two of the three quarters of a student's senior year must be residential terms, and students must complete one residence term during one summer. Typically, students will choose to take their summer quarter after their sophomore year which is known as sophomore summer.
Leave terms are quarters when students are not enrolled. Students will take one leave term during a fall or spring term, and most likely will take one during the summer. Leave terms provide students opportunities for internships and research. The D-Plan allows students to pursue internships or research at any time of the year instead of only during the summer. Dartmouth provides support for leave-terms ranging from finding funding for your plans or even finding opportunities through the alumni network. However, leave terms can also be a time to relax at home with family or any way a student would like.
From making pinch pots to going blueberry picking, there simply isn't enough time to explore Hanover in one summer. I'm really lucky for the opportunity to spend another summer in Hanover and would love to share some new memories with you all.
I'd like to talk a little bit about exploring your future career and the opportunities Dartmouth offers to guide you. What should you get involved in your first year? Let's use my first year as a case study!