Cindy's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: The Price System (Prof. Zarnowski)
Freshman fall flew by! While I unwittingly took some of Dartmouth's more difficult classes, I met so many amazing people and got to explore campus with a fresh set of eyes (I'd never visited before). I also got inspired (after taking my prof to lunch) to pursue a major in economics!
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: The Supreme Court (Prof. Kalish)
Winter was my favorite term freshman year, largely because I felt more settled into the campus rhythm and took awesome classes. Prof. Kalish (my Writing 5 -- a required class for all freshmen -- professor) was not only fun and insightful, but also made an active effort to connect with every student. It's one of the best classes I've ever taken.
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: Macroeconomics (Prof. Comin)
In my opinion, Hanover is most beautiful in the spring: you see everything from fluffy snowflakes to vibrant blossoms. The weather kept me cheerful, even if spring was my most rigorous term. My favorite class was Econ 22 with Prof. Comin, who led a case-based course that helped us understand the real-world applications of what we were learning. He's also a super cool guy to chat with, and he's done fascinating research.
SummerOn CampusFavorite Class: Drawing I (Prof. Reisman)
Most freshmen don't stay "on" their first summer, but I scheduled my D-Plan around my winter internship. Summer didn't disappoint: I love the new friends I made and the classes I took (and I also got super fit from attending two PE classes). Taking Drawing I was also one of the highlights of my summer. It's a lot of work, but I'd rather spend 10 hours on a drawing than 10 hours on a problem set.
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: Games & Economic Behavior (Prof. Snyder)
I finally met the '22s!! (Seriously, you all are so cool.) This term, I took a class on game theory, which is basically a subject where we literally learn about games. While it was by far my most challenging class this term, I thought that what we learned was super rewarding.
WinterSalt Lake City, UT
This was my first "off" term since I arrived on campus! I interned for Cross Creek, a venture capital firm in Salt Lake City, Utah (my hometown!).
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: Public Finance & Public Policy (Prof. Skinner)
I could RAVE about public economics and Prof. Skinner for hours. While public econ wasn't easy, it challenged me to think critically about my political philosophies and about the economic theories I'd previously considered fact. Prof. Skinner was one of the most engaged professors I've ever had; he even recommended a few running routes to me!
SummerOn CampusFavorite Class: DALI Independent Study (Prof. Loeb)
The famous "Sophomore Summer" and my second summer on campus! I took an unconventional four-course term complete with Econometrics, Gender & Philosophy, DALI Lab Independent Research, and Independent Studies in Engineering! I had so much fun studying on a dock by the Connecticut River and having lots of gelato under the sun. :)
FallWashington D.C.Favorite Class: My Internship!
I had the opportunity of a lifetime to be an economic policy intern at the White House! I loved my job, met incredible people, and had plenty of time to Facetime my friends on campus.
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: Comparative Politics (Prof. Horowitz)
This was such a fun winter! I went skiing with friends, spent a few weekends eating Chinese food in Boston, and to top it all off, I took my very first government class. I really loved learning about political science from a comparative perspective; specifically, how institutions can affect the way a society can vote or even organize collective action. I wish I'd taken more government classes earlier.
SpringOn Campus, VirtuallyFavorite Class: Authoritarianism in CE Europe (Prof. Aha)
While I was physically camped out at home in Salt Lake City, Utah, I still spent plenty of time with friends (albeit over Zoom), and I got to know professors in office hours! I also had the rare chance to spend quality time with my parents and my dog while also learning a lot in my classes on business strategy (offered by the Tuck School of Business) and authoritarianism in Central and Eastern Europe.
SummerNew York City, Virtually
I spent the summer as an investment research intern at J.P. Morgan. My internship was completely virtual, but I still got to befriend my coworkers, and I'll be going back full-time after I graduate!
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: Adam Smith & Political Economy (Prof. Clark)
After six long months away, I finally came back just in time for the beautiful New England fall. I began writing my economics thesis in a difficult yet rewarding advanced econometrics class with Professor Staiger, attempted acting in a play, and learned about the nuances behind Adam Smith's "invisible hand" (which has become a caricatured generalization of his work). I even made a few new friends out of '24s from six-feet away!
WinterUniversity of Oxford, Magdalen College
I spent my winter term at Oxford studying economics and politics at the beautiful Magdalen College.
I can't believe it's senior spring already! This spring, I'm finishing my thesis and taking classes on creative writing for fiction, costume design, and the economics of gender and family. Be sure to say hello if you're on campus (or Zoom)!
I'm Feeling Sentimental
In light of these recent events, I'm feeling extra sentimental about my Dartmouth experience thus far. To make use of my nostalgia, I've compiled short summaries of all of my Dartmouth terms so far!
- No. 1
Junior Winter! (20W)
It didn't end long ago, but it flew by so quickly! I had a really study heavy term because I took two culminating experience courses in economics (ECON 48 and 82), which are basically in-depth seminars where you produce your very own research paper at the end. I wrote about pharmaceutical innovation in emerging markets -- it was a ton of work, but I really enjoyed applying everything I've learned so far to a project of my own.
- No. 2
Washington DC! (19F)
I spent the fall in Washington D.C. interning at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. The term taught me that even when you're away, Dartmouth never really leaves you. My internship was funded by "Rocky" (the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth), and I met Juliann (a fellow Dartmouth '21 who was also interning in D.C.), who would later become one of my best friends!
- No. 3
Sophomore Summer!!! (19X)
It was hard to choose only one image to encompass my sophomore summer. I ended up choosing the photo above because I spent so much time studying (or pretending to study but actually just tanning) by the Connecticut River. I had so much fun! Since the entire campus is basically dedicated to the sophomore class over the summer, I had the chance to really bond with my classmates and appreciate Dartmouth that much more.
Summer, In Summary
I've now spent not one, but TWO summers at Dartmouth. So I figured I'd compile a list with my favorite Sophomore Summer (and Freshman Summer!) memories.
- No. 1
Strips! (Sophomore Trips)
Most incoming freshmen know about "Trips" (where you spend five days in the wilderness with a random pool of your new classmates), but have you heard about Strips? Strips is yet another wild adventure that Dartmouth students go on before the start of their Sophomore Summer. I spent several days hiking with five classmates that I had yet to meet!
- No. 2
This was a rainbow over the O-Farm! (Dartmouth's Organic Farm)
- No. 3
At the end of the day, everyone's still taking an intense course load over the summer. So as much as Dartmouth might feel like summer camp at times, I still often found myself studying in the library. Thankfully, there's a stunning view from the library windows!
D.C. & Me: My Dream Internship... and How Dartmouth Paid For It
This past fall, I interned at the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA for short)! It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. So despite my love of New England falls, I packed my bags for Washington D.C.
Spring. Sprang. Sprung!
After a winter away missing everything from classes to friends to Hanover itself, I love every aspect of campus just a little bit more.
- No. 1
Studying under the sun
- No. 2
- No. 3
... lots of gelato
I think I'm addicted, honestly.