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.
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.
Wow, I can't believe that it's been over 30 months since I was writing my application to Dartmouth as a high school senior. Today, I'll go line by line to see how my "Why Dartmouth?" essay has evolved over these past two years.
I thought about how I would attack as I paced from corner to corner, my head as vacant as an empty bottle. The crumpled-up drafts on the floor just added to my nervousness, but I needed to write a 'Why Dartmouth' essay. How? I had no idea.