Cindy Shen's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallOn Campus | Hanover, NHFavorite Class: The Price System - Econ 01 (Prof. Zarnowski)
I unwittingly took three "01s" (intro courses) my Freshman fall. While it was a challenging term, Econ 01 stood out as the most engaging despite its difficult exams and the course inspired me to pursue a major in economics.
WinterOn Campus | Hanover, NHFavorite Class: The Supreme Court (Prof. Kalish)
(I also loved my Public Speaking class with Prof. Compton) All freshmen take Writing 5 and choose a section based on what their interests are. I took The Supreme Court with Prof. Kalish, who was a fun, insightful, and knowledgable professor who genuinely cared about all of her students. I would definitely recommend this section to any rising freshmen.
SpringOn Campus | Hanover, NHFavorite Class: Macroeconomics - Econ 22 (Prof. Comin)
Most core major classes have a reputation for being difficult. While the material was hard at times, Prof. Comin 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 Campus | Hanover, NHFavorite Class: Intro to Drawing - SART 15
Most freshmen won't be on this summer, but I'm scheduling my D-Plan around my internship during winter term. I'm super excited to meet more '20s! (because all '20s will be on campus for their sophomore summer) This summer, I'm taking microeconomics, physics, and drawing. Stay tuned for more details on my summer experience at the end of the summer! :)
Surprise Contributions to Acclaimed Art!
Getting the opportunity to meet prominent artists and performers has been a huge perk of being a student here, and to be honest, and as a person who hasn't really sought out these kinds of moments, randomly meeting Gina is kind of a miracle.
Dorm Aesthetic 101
Possibly one of the most exciting parts about first arriving on campus: decorating your dorm room!
- No. 1
Turn your dorm wall into your offline Instagram
Photos are super easy and light to pack. They're also the best way to transport yourself back home without paying for a flight ticket.
- No. 2
Add personal flair
I like to save letters, cards, and envelopes from friends and hang them up. It's always nice to be surrounded by your friends, even if they're not physically there.
- No. 3
Pack a meaningful gift from home
A friend gave me this pencil case before I left. I use it everyday!
NARP Life: Staying Fit at Dartmouth
As a non-varsity athlete – lovingly dubbed a NARP (non-athletic regular person) – I don't have an 8 am lift session, nor do I commit basically all of my extra hours to a sport.
- No. 1
Joining the Dartmouth College Fencing Club has been a highlight of my college experience. I've already listed why in this previous post. My training has kept me on a fixed schedule to anchor my life around, and it's kept me with a set fitness goal to do well at competitions.
Club sports are a great way to not only get fit on campus, but also get more involved in campus community.
- No. 2
Attend Fitness Classes
(Pictured) Post workout facemasking with my roommate!
Since fencing is less consistent and demanding in the summer, I signed up for two fitness classes to fill the gap (and finish my PE credits!) — zumba toning and spinning. I've been attending these classes for an hour Monday-Friday for four weeks now, and I feel so energetic that I've actually reduced my coffee intake. I've found them to be pretty challenging workouts (in a good way), and they've also been a great way to meet new people.
These are also just a couple of the classes offered by Dartmouth, you can also sign up for sailing, kayaking, hiking, yoga, rock climbing, etc., and also go on DOC hikes and other adventures with friends on free weekends.
- No. 3
Take Food Pics
I love taking aesthetic food photos so much that I have a food Instagram entirely dedicated to the art. But this hobby actually began because I took photos of all of my meals as a way to prevent myself from overeating. Over time, I thought that if I was gonna take so many photos of my food, I might as well make them look good. Taking food pics has been one of the most effective ways for me to control my food consumption and avoid the freshman fifteen. It's also allowed me to contribute photos of beautiful food to the world!
Sophomore Summer... as a Freshman?
To me, summer brings to mind many happy childhood memories: running through the neighborhood sprinklers, lazing in a hammock, swimming in a lake... none of which include school.
Finals Week & Interim in 30 Seconds
Since about mid-January, I've tried to take one-second videos of each day as a way of documenting my life. This video covers three weeks (the first twelve seconds are on campus, the rest are off) and basically the content below!
Choose Your Own Adventure: '21s Talk About Pursuing Their Academic Interests at Dartmouth
While the current freshmen (the '21s) still have a couple terms before we'll declare our majors, it's now our third term (and first spring!) on campus, so most of us have a better general idea of what we're interested in studying, and we've also a
Sent from my iPhone: Morning Walks from the River Cluster
In my first spring in Hanover, the weather had everyone in a cheery mood!
What I've Learned This Year
Hello '22s! As you get ready for your next year, here's some things to keep in mind from a '21 who was very recently in your shoes:
- No. 1
Pursue the things you want to do.
Don't join an organization simply because it's a resume-builder... take that time to get really involved in something you actually love. You might even find that the things you're passionate about can become even better resume-builders.
- No. 2
Grades matter, but not as much as you think.
Failing one exam won't ruin your life. I promise! Take a deep breath and study better (not neccessarily harder) for the next one. In the meantime, take some time to yourself or some close friends to destress and have fun.
- No. 3
Dedicate most of your time to those closest to you.
(Pictured) A few of my closest friends at Dartmouth. On my birthday, they blindfolded me and guided me down to Connecticut River for a surprise picnic.
Spending a little amount of time with a lot of people doesn't pay off anywhere close to spending a lot of time with a few people.
Comprehensive Hanover Food Guide
Don't let our small town reputation deceive you; our lovely town is home to an eclectic assortment of fantastic restaurants. As an avid foodie, I've actively scouted for Hanover's best restaurants...
Meet the Fam
It's first-year family weekend!