A Wintry Welcome
Happy New Year and welcome to winter term at Dartmouth! I've been looking forward to finally experiencing winter at Dartmouth since I applied here. I'd love to share the things I'm looking forward to the most about winter term.
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I always say that the best thing about Dartmouth is the people. Dartmouth’s campus community is made up of so many kind, supportive and fun students, faculty and staff. A new term brings new opportunities to make new friends in my residential community, classes and clubs. Being together in the woods during the cold winter also makes me so much more appreciative of being able to spend time with other people.
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Although classes at Dartmouth can be challenging, learning new things is always fun! This term, I’m taking a writing class, a mathematical economics class and a public policy class, each one more exciting than the next. All my classes this term are related to my intended major, economic policy, so I’m always looking forward to my classes. I’m especially excited about my writing class, where our goal for the term is to write a research paper on any topic of our choice, which is something I’ve never done before!
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Before coming to Dartmouth, I had never seen snow before, so seeing the campus complete surrounded in a gorgeous blanket of snow has been a sharp but beautiful change. I will be honest with you, it is very cold, but the new season brings new and fun activities. From sledding on the golf course to hitting the slopes at the Dartmouth Skiway, there are so many ways to have fun outside. This past weekend, I experienced my first campus wide snowball fight, one of Dartmouth’s unique traditions, where Dr Seuss sends out an email inviting Dartmouth students to a snowball fight on the green!
My First Last Day of Classes
I can't believe nine weeks of classes have gone by! As I head into my last day of classes this Monday, I'd love to share a little bit more about what I've been learning this term.
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Composition and Research – Writing 2
Writing 2 is my first class of the day and it’s such an amazing way to start my day. There are different writing classes that Dartmouth offers for first years depending on how comfortable you are with college-level writing, and I picked Writing 2 because I felt that, as someone who had basically no experience with academic writing, this class would be best for me. Nine weeks later, I’m incredibly more confident and comfortable writing essays and papers. There are only fifteen of us in this class so it’s often very discussion based with a lot of peer-reviewing. It’s amazing how we’ve all grown as a class and have all become more confident and competent. Our professor and a TA have been so helpful and are so dedicated to helping us improve as writers.
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Introduction to Biological Anthropology – Anthropology 6
Taking this class was actually a last-minute decision I made on the last day of course election and it’s one I definitely do not regret. I was slightly interested in anthropology and the course description sounded really interesting, so I decided to take it! We covered so many interesting topics about human evolution, from Neanderthals from a hundred thousand years ago, till the way that modern humans are still changing and evolving today. Most importantly, I learnt how a field like anthropology that sometimes seems to be more focused on past events has so much significance in the way we view human society today.
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Introduction to Calculus – Mathematics 1
This was definitely the class I was most nervous about coming to Dartmouth. Before college, I had never taken any calculus classes and never really liked math, but as an intended economics major, I knew I was going to have to take math classes. Overall, I’m so proud on how I’ve done in this course this term. With the help of the amazing professors and TA for this course, I’ve been able to keep up with and understand the material. I’m even taking another math class next term and I’m feeling more confident about being an economics major.
Best Study Spots!
Finding a good study space is one of the most important parts of studying effectively. Sometimes schoolwork gets hard and stressful, so you want to make sure you're in an environment that makes studying easier and more fun.
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Sanborn library, home to Dartmouth’s English department is one of the most beautiful study spaces on campus. It’s almost too easy to get lost in the intricate wood columns, iron railings and leather cushioned chairs and forget about the work you actually set out to do. Sanborn is great for when you need to be in a quiet space to get a lot of work done. Pro-tip: get a seat by the window so you can sit in natural light as you work.
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Berry Study Rooms
I think these rooms are some of the most underrated spots on campus. These are rooms where groups of people can come together to collaborate on projects they are working on together. There are several study rooms in various buildings all over campus, but my favorites are the ones on the first floor of berry library. There are whiteboards so you can write stuff down to help you learn or perhaps explain something to a friend. There are also large tv/monitors you can use for slideshows and presentations. I usually study with other people, so these rooms are really helpful when you want to study in a group but don’t want to be noisy and distract other people.
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There’s nothing quite like studying right at the center of campus, surrounded not only by nature, but also by other members of the Dartmouth community. The green is one of my favorite study spots because you get to see how much of a hub of activity this campus is, while also being able to sit back and get some work done. It’s never so noisy that you wouldn’t be able to concentrate, neither is it too quiet that it would make you fall asleep. It’s the perfect combination of activity and calm natural vibes.
A Fun October Weekend
This weekend was one of my busiest and most fun weekends at Dartmouth so far! As I decompress from the whirlwind the past few days have been, I can't help but share my favorite moments from this amazing weekend:
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Halloween in Hanover:
This was my first time ever celebrating Halloween! Even though the end of October can be a stressful time in the term as most students are taking midterms in various classes, the campus still had an indescribable atmosphere of excitement for Halloween. The dining hall was AMAZINGLY decorated with Halloween-themed meals. Everyone from students to Dartmouth Dining Services staff as well as the staff at the Covid testing center was wearing a costume. There were trivia games, game nights, concerts, dance parties and movie nights all weekend organized by various campus organizations.
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Boston For the Day:
My friends and I took the Dartmouth Coach down to Boston to watch the football game. Getting to Boston from Hanover is super convenient! The Dartmouth Coach is a bus service that connects Dartmouth to Boston and New York City. It leaves from just in front of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, so it’s conveniently located right at the center of campus. When we got to Boston, we did some sight-seeing and had brunch together. It was exciting leaving campus and getting back into the bustle of city life, but it also really made me appreciate the calmness of Hanover.
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Harvard vs Dartmouth Football Game:
I had never watched American football before coming to Dartmouth, so this was the second football game I ever attended and this time around I was quite determined to actually understand the game. So, the night before I left for Boston, I googled the basic rules of football and basically tried to familiarize myself with the general concept of the game. It totally paid off! I had such a fun time, and I can’t wait for the next game!
One of the best things about Dartmouth is that there is always some fun activity to look forward to. It might look like some random small town in the middle of the woods, but it’s really a community of people who love being here and make the best out of their time here.
Homecoming is one of Dartmouth's most unique and longstanding traditions.
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The homecoming bonfire on the green was one of the first traditions I heard about when I started my college search in the summer of 2019. It’s so surreal to think that I finally got to experience it in-person for the first time! During the bonfire, the entire class does at least one lap around the bonfire, with upperclassmen and alumni surrounding it. One thing you might not notice from pictures of the bonfire is that there are large rectangular wooden boards built into it. On the days leading up to the bonfire, the boards are laid out for students to come sign their names on them. Knowing that your name is a part of the bonfire and being surrounded by older students and alumni really makes you feel a deep connection to the Dartmouth community.
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Dartmouth welcomes so many alumni back home each year for Homecoming weekend. It was so amazing meeting and talking with alumni who were at Dartmouth as far back as the 70s. Even after being away for several years if not decades, you can tell that they feel very much connected to the school and thoroughly enjoyed their time here. The Classes of 1970 and 1971 actually celebrated their 50-year anniversaries this year and so many members of the class who were on the school's football team were so excited to watch the traditional Homecoming football game.
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The Football Game
I got to watch my first American football game this weekend. So many Dartmouth students, alumni, friends and family came to support our football team in their homecoming game against yale. Being surrounded by my friends and other Dartmouth students cheering on our team was awesome! Although I’m not sure I entirely understand the game just yet, it was an such an exciting experience, and I’m definitely looking forward to going to more games!