Hello! My name is Chase and I am a '25 from South Carolina. I'm currently considering studying more film scoring and video game composition to learn about writing music for movies and games! But when I'm not hanging out with friends or doing classwork, you can find me composing music. I'm involved in the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble (DCWE), Dartmouth Chamber Orchestra (DCO), and the fraternity Zeta Psi.
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.
If you're scared of coding or have a love for music, this is the class for you. This computer science class is cross-listed with music to teach students how to code using a language called processing to learn the basic principles of design through coding. We created several projects throughout the term, but Professor Casey really taught me that there is more to music than I think. For my final, I created an interactive keyboard which created a visual effect for each key that created music which made it a musical instrument! Genuinely such an amazing and fun class that I think people should consider.
Although this class is only offered during the F.I.R.E. study abroad program, it was such an amazing class. I absolutely adored having Professor Canepa teach us about Italy from its politics, music, food, and much much more. This class taught me hands on what Italian culture is through visits to famous landmarks, food tastings, or tours of Italian regions. If you don't want to study abroad, I suggest taking a class with Professor Canepa because she truly is one of my favorite professors I have had yet.
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I was on an off term, but decided to live on campus to join a fraternity and work in town. I took the time to write music for one of my friend's short films and learned a lot about the film music industry.
Dr. Moseley has been one of my most favorite professors by far. I have loved taking this class to divulge into my musical passion through creating music and learning about ways to create music. If you are interested in taking a music class, I highly recommend Dr. Moseley if you find a class with him that interests you!
I took this class with composer Miguel Kertsman who was incredibly knowledgeable in every type of compositional technique that I wanted. I study electronic music composition with him to understand music digital signal processing better.
What tips do you have for high school juniors who are launching their college searches virtually this spring?
Okay, let's be honest. Applying to college is a scary process! I particularly wanted to be as prepared as possible, but was afraid of the actual process of deciding where to apply. My advice is to learn about the schools that peak your interest. You don't need to know about every school and everything about the school to be interested in applying. Although you may be concerned with the concept of only researching schools virtually, it is totally okay to not go on a tour of a school. The admissions office understands that travel can often be complicated, expensive, and time consuming. Many students do not visit all the campuses they apply to during the college search process. As a side note, I did not go on any tours of schools in person due to the oncurring pandemic! Next, I'm going to give some tips in general about applying to colleges and researching them.
My largest piece of advice is that you should not apply to a school simply because of its name! Take time to decide if you would actually like to attend that school, so start early. Also, try to figure out what type of school you believe you would like. This could be whether you want a public state school or private liberal arts school; or it could be whether you want a school in the Northern part of the US or maybe somewhere a little warmer? I applied to a wide variety of schools, because I still did not know where I wanted to go by the time applications were due.
Also, take some time to potentially look into what the student life is there socially and academically if either of those are important to you. It could be really helpful to look into the departments you're interested in majoring in. Another thing to consider especially as a junior is financial aid. When I was a junior, I did not prioritize financial aid in my college search. This made the idea of not committing to some schools apparent when I realized they were not as affordable as I had hoped.
Another gigantic piece of advice, do not let the summer go to waste! Take time during summer to let the concept of college be absorbed. In addition, have fun during the summer! It is the perfect time for you to have fun with your friends and to take a break before you realize you are growing up.
Dartmouth Bound was this week, and during my time as a leader for a group of visiting high schoolers, I was brought back to my own college search experience and the reasons that I chose Dartmouth. Read on to hear some of my reflections!