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Studying at the Baker-Berry Library

1. ASCL 62.06: Exploring Korea through Film

ASCL is short for "Asian Societies, Cultures, Languages," and this course is unique—students essentially watch a series of Korean films and analyze them in conjunction with the history. We plan to watch incredibly famous films such as Train to Busan and Parasite, and I'm beyond excited to uncover unknown symbolisms or motifs I may have missed the first-time around. Immigrating to the States in 2013, I felt deprived of my cultural heritage, as I forced myself to only speak English (to learn the language faster) and stray from my background to better adapt. And coming to Dartmouth, I've always wanted to take a course related to Korean culture—and this is the perfect opportunity! So, I'd recommend this class to anyone who is even remotely interested in learning about Asian culture (whether it be reconnecting with it or learning about a completely new culture!).

2. CHEM 52: Organic Chemistry II

Organic Chemistry II is your typical pre-health course, although one of the most difficult ones. CHEM 52 expands on what students have learned in Chem 5, Chem 6, and Chem 51; therefore, the ability to extensively retain information is important. The class itself is lecture-based; there is less emphasis on discussions/"sharing" ideas, as most chemistry classes depend on regurgitation and rote memorization. In fact, even the evaluation breakdown is straightforward: one midterm and one final. Since there is no homework/project due, I believe I can learn at my own pace, which I value in a course. 

3. ENGS 20: Introduction to Scientific Computing

Recently, just a month or two ago, I decided to change my major from Biological Chemistry to Biomedical Engineering. I previously was not exposed to experiences in coding, which caused me to fear enrolling in Engineering 20. However, so far, the class lessons are very engaging, and the exercises are beyond exciting to complete. In the recent year, I've taken a handful of biology, chemistry, and physics courses, which all rely heavily on rote memorization, I think I missed this "hands-on" aspect of the classroom. The class itself is very fast-paced, and there are numerous assignments (homework, quizzes, tests) that keep you on-track to mastering the material. If you have any interest in computer science or engineering as a path, I'd definitely recommend ENGS 20. Prof. Seroussi is also extremely understanding!

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