Cindy's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: The Price System - Econ 01 (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 still the best class I've ever taken.
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: Macroeconomics - Econ 22 (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 - SART 15 (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 - Econ 35 (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
I will be "off" this winter for the first time since I got here! I'm interning for a venture capital firm in my hometown, Salt Lake City.
Fear the Humanities? Same: How I Survived a College History Class
I have known a simple fact for most of my academic life: I would rather take an exam than write a paper.
Go Greek or No Greek? Friends and Fun as an Unaffiliated Sophomore
A sizable portion of student body is involved in Greek Life (sorority/fraternity life) at Dartmouth. So you might wonder: is being unaffiliated "social suicide?"
- No. 1
Same Amazing Friends
At Dartmouth, you get to meet people from all sorts of backgrounds with different interests and hobbies. As a result, my friends are in an array of different clubs/organizations/activities on campus and a mix of affiliated and unaffiliated people. The addition of Greek Life hasn't changed my friendships at all; we're closer than ever.
- No. 2
I've met a ton of '22s this term! This is Alisya, she's one of my lovely debate babies.
- No. 3
Ice Cream Outings
It's an autumn tradition to go to IC4U (Ice Cream Fore-You) and order a baby cone (that's actually giant). Rookie mistake if you order a small ... it's enough ice cream to feed a family.
Why Dartmouth? (Without Ever Setting Foot on Campus)
I had committed the next four years of my life to Dartmouth despite having never even visited the state of New Hampshire.
Oh, the Places I've Been!
While Hanover might be a peaceful and secluded town, I've learned that the outside world isn't so far away.
- No. 1
Okay, this one's obvious. But as the lovely home of Dartmouth, Hanover is definitely a destination that should be listed here!
- No. 2
For Trips, I spent three days sailing on Mascoma Lake with a few other incoming freshmen (trippees). I've never really sailed before, or been around a lake for an extended period of time for that matter, so this was a new experience (and location) for me.
- No. 3
Boston is only two hours from Hanover, and some terms I've visited every other week (usually for debate or fencing competitions). I always try and stop at a museum if I have the time (or scout out some seafood)!
My Favorite Classes Freshman Year
I've now completed four out of my twelve "on" terms on campus.
- No. 1
Writing 5: The Supreme Court
Every freshman is required to take both a Writing 5 and a First-Year Seminar; that, or take Humanities I and II. I chose to go the Writing 5 route because there's a wide variety of course options (you can take a Writing 5 about anything from food to sports medicine). I took The Supreme Court (taught by Professor Kalish) because it seemed like an interesting subject, and I was (obviously) not disappointed.
I cannot express how phenomenal this course was (it is definitively the best class I've ever taken), but I'll try my best: Professor Kalish somehow guided discussions in a productive direction without dominating them (in fact, she usually just asked really insightful questions and let us take the wheel from there). Professor Kalish also held weekly office hours with everyone. Through these individual office sessions, she not only helped me become a better writer (and change the way I approached essay-writing), she also connected with me on a personal level. (One of my good friends and I also took her out for lunch.) I always looked forward to going to class, and I felt proud of all the work I submitted in this class.
Who knew that you could love a required course so much?
- No. 2
Micro, Macro, and Introductory Economics
Call me a #snek, but I've loved every single economics course I've taken here. I've taken two of my three profs out to lunch because I loved their classes so much. I find the subject really interesting and just the right amount of challenging. If you're at all interested, I'd suggest at least taking one econ course to see if you like it!
Photo: Celebrating the snowfall after our econ final!
- No. 3
As a dedicated doodler, taking my first formal art class was definitely something I wanted to do in college. So I had high expectations going in. While the class required many late nights in the studio (sometimes just drawing still objects), they paid off! I think many people expect to improve in technical skill from an art class (and yes, Drawing 1 delivers in that department), but I found the most interesting part of the class to be the section on composition (i.e. what to leave out, what to emphasize, etc.). I'd never really thought of every line in a drawing as a deliberate part of it, so learning about composition helped me generate my own style. I went into this class thinking that it would be the only art class I'd ever take, but I'm now actually considering a studio art minor because I loved it so much!
Photo: Taken in the process of completing one of my final drawings.