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!
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:
Just Another Manic Monday
But as a note to myself, I should be more positive. It's May (finally)! The Green is actually green, strawberries are in season, and basically, campus is #thriving.
- No. 1
Pet Campus Doggos
There's nothing better than greeting doggos on campus! Residents love to bring their dogs to campus because they get lots of attention from students like me. This beautiful boy was playing frisbee on the Green when I met him.
- No. 2
Said Unplanned Hellos!
- No. 3
Scaled a Wall
I've passed Dartmouth's climbing gym almost every day this year without even knowing it existed. One of my friends goes there all the time and took me with her at the beginning of this term; she now takes me with her at least once a week. It's free your fall term, btw!
Stab Your Friends!
Dartmouth has a thriving community of club sports that can be just as competitive as a varsity team but also more accomodating and welcoming of newer members
- No. 1
From post-practice dinners to long bus and plane rides to tournaments, I have spent so much time and share so many memories with my teammates that it's almost impossible not to get close. Of the three of my closest friends on campus, two of them are on the fencing team. (One of whom is pictured above)
- No. 2
Avoid the Freshman 15
This is a pretty obvious benefit to joining any club sport, but fencing is one of the most competitive club sports on campus, so we have a training schedule that has been compared to some varsity teams (upwards of 10 hours/week + weekend competitions). A fellow teammate told me that she actually lost 15 pounds over the course of this year.
- No. 3
We encourage members of all skill levels
Fencing is probably a sport you've never thought about doing... Which is great! Because college is the time to try new things. About half of our competition squad consists of people that have never fenced before college, many of whom are freshmen.