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 one of the best classes 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
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 Economics - Econ 28 (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
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!
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 - Govt 4 (Prof. Horowitz)
I had such a fun winter! I went skiing with friends, spent a couple weekends eating Chinese food in Boston, and to top it all off, I took my very first government class (which inspired me to minor in the field).
I'm still at Dartmouth, even if I'm physically camped out at home in Salt Lake City, Utah. So far, I've been catching up with my parents and my dog, and I'm taking some really cool classes like Business Management & Strategy, Central & Eastern Europe Authoritarianism, and Biological Anthropology!
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.
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!