Diana's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallHanover, NH - On CampusFavorite Class: Comparative Literature 1: Read the World
I ended up taking this class for two reasons. First, I needed to fulfill my CI requirement; second, my friend was also taking it. Regardless, it ended up being my favorite class fall term. Professor Washburn is an engaging, spontaneous professor and we studied everything from memes to The Tale of Genji. By the end of the term, I found myself to be a more confident and humbled writer.
WinterHanover, NH - On CampusFavorite Class: Chinese 22: Intermediate Modern Chinese
This was my second time taking a 9 am class with Chen Laoshi. She is understanding, funny, and always eager to help. Even though this was a fast-paced class with daily quizzes, weekly tests, and new vocabulary sets every other day, I became extremely close with my classmates and more excited about learning the language. We ended the term over a feast of dumplings Laoshi prepared!
SpringEdison, NJ - Remote LearningFavorite Class: Religion 26: Islam in America
Because this term was online, I used my extra time to study a subject that has always fascinated me. Professor Ayubi was incredibly accommodating by allowing us to complete work at our own pace. The most memorable parts of the class were examining anti-Muslim materials during a virtual tour to Rauner Library and exploring Muslim punk rock through the movie Taqwacores.
SummerEdison, NJ - Remote Internship
My summer plans were derailed due to the pandemic, but Mr. Forbes, a Dartmouth alum, graciously allowed me to intern at his consulting firm. Over the course of two months, I became a master at navigating Microsoft Visio and writing grant narratives. I also lifeguarded the 5am shift (pain) at my local community pool.
FallEdison, NJ - Remote LearningFavorite Class: ENGS 12: Design Thinking
Students at Dartmouth say ENGS 12 will change your life, and I'm one to agree. Professor Robbie helped me rethink and redefine my approach to creativity and radical collaboration. After the class, I became involved in the design community, participating in the Designation, 3 Day Start Up, and Tuck's entrepreneurship program, TuckLAB. I'm even a TA for the class now—oh, how the tables have turned!
WinterEdison, NJ - Remote Internship
In hopes of studying abroad, I declared a five-year D-Plan. I'm still a '23 at heart, but I'll be graduating with the '24's. I ended up working at my local newspaper, TAPinto News, and continuing my linguistics research with Professor Donahue.
SpringEdison, NJ - Remote Internship
With the help of the Magnuson Center, I landed an internship at Q30 Innovations, a medical device company. As a law development intern for Mr. Greene, a Dartmouth alum, I compiled a 20-page patent portfolio and provided recommendations for FDA clearance. I also took part in two Rocky programs, RGLP and MLDP.
SummerHanover, NH - On CampusFavorite Class: ASCL 70.18: Social Revolutions East and West
Professor Dorsey is by far my favorite Dartmouth professor. He hosted in-person office hours every Friday, where we talked about anything from Japanese healthcare to craft beer to our personal lives. The class was an absolute blast, in which we dissected comics and listened to Japanese folklore. Class highlights included a field trip to a nearby Japanese Zen garden and a zoom call with Japanese folklorist Nakagawa Goro.
FallHanover, NH - On CampusFavorite Class: ECON 77: Social Entrepreneurship
This was my hardest academic term to date, but I’m extremely proud of my work in this class. Over ten weeks, Professor Samwick challenged us to design a financially viable social enterprise. My team ended up creating BayStay, a one-stop service for homeless individuals in the Bay area to locate a new roommate and temporary communal housing. The best part of the experience was getting to interview leading experts on homelessness and pitching our business model to an angel investor!
WinterHanover, NH - On CampusFavorite Class: GOVT 5: International Politics
Given my areas of study at Dartmouth, it’s no surprise that I loved my introductory international relations course with Professor Powers. She did a great job helping the class transition to in- person learning by providing us with reading guides and laying out clear expectations in her memos. We used high-level theory to explain the motivations of terrorists and the likelihood of nuclear war. In my final paper, I presented my own analysis of why the United Nations was powerless to prevent Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
SpringHanover, NH - On CampusFavorite Class: GOVT 86.27: Ethics of the Family
In this upper-level government seminar, my classmates and I met once a week for three hours. Although it was sometimes tough to focus, I appreciated having the rest of the week to prepare and complete readings. During the term, we debated a range of topics, including whether the government should regulate marriage or whether having a nanny was inherently anti-feminist. Another cool aspect of the course was that the class was entirely driven by student discussion and debate. Professor Rose pushed each student to flesh out her thoughts through open office hours and writing workshops. Looking back at my final paper, I’m really proud of my newfound ability to argue complex philosophical topics in a clear manner.
SummerHanover, NH - On Campus
While most of the ‘23s are off campus, I’m spending my junior summer in Hanover because I took a gap year! I’m spending most of my time this term as a Paganucci Fellow at the Tuck School of Business. I’m also working for Dartmouth Admissions and serving as Co-President of Dartmouth Women in Business. Even though I’m not taking classes, I’m definitely keeping myself busy!
FallWashington, D.C. - Internship
I spent my off-term interning on the China desk at the U.S. Department of State (DOS). I loved being able to apply what I learned in class in a professional setting and getting to see diplomacy and foreign policy in action. Some of my internship highlights included volunteering for the first, historic Indo-Pacific Summit and meeting North Korean defectors. Still, I’m excited to be back at Dartmouth, taking classes again, after six months off!
WinterHanover, NH - On CampusFavorite Class: ASCL 80.08: Imperialism in Modern East Asia
I took this class because it was the final culminating experience for my Chinese language major. Professor Ericson gave really engaging lectures that made it feel like he was reading us a story. As a capstone project, I wrote a 20-page paper about imperial Japan's use of visual propaganda in Manchukuo, analyzing primary texts in Chinese and Japanese.
SpringHanover, NH - On CampusFavorite Class: ECON 37: Gender and Family Issues in Modern Economics
This class explored the economics behind the gender gap, child penalty, and labor market discrimination. My favorite part was the MBA-style class study, which focused on the rationale behind Patagonia’s generous parental leave policies. Professor Olivetti was so helpful and held frequent office hours. Definitely take this class, even if you aren’t an economics major.
Why May is My Favorite Month
Midterms have ended; the sun is shining; and campus is bustling. May is without a doubt my favorite month on campus, so I wanted to share some of my favorite moments with you guys.
- No. 1
The Office of Student Life sponsors an annual Barn Babies event for students to hang out with rabbits, kittens, goats, piglets, and puppies. Fellow blogger Sydney and I swung by Sarner Underground to hang out with the animals for a quick study break before our economics midterm. Sydney is definitely more a dog person, but I insisted that we get back in line again to cuddle with the bunnies.
- No. 2
Ross McKenny Timber Meet
This meet features a series of competitive outdoor events between Dartmouth and 11 other universities. I ended up stumbling upon the event on my way to lunch when I noticed a massive portion of the Green sectioned off. Teams were standing on chunks of wood and hacking with axes as fast as they could. My friend and I cheered on for the Dartmouth team, but unfortunately we placed last in the event (and the meet overall). I had no prior interest in timber sports, but couldn’t help myself from getting caught up in the excitement, especially since this was the first time that any current Dartmouth students were able to attend a meet since the pandemic.
- No. 3
House of Lewan Drag Show
As part of Dartmouth PRIDE month, I attended the drag show Transform, hosted by the House of Lewan student group. Transform featured 15 student performers and 3 professional drag queens, Rhedd Rhumm, Grimm Noir, and my personal favorite, Sasha Siracha. The 2-hour show included performances ranging from burlesque to lip syncing, as well as a fashion show that highlighted audience participants. My first drag show definitely exceeded my expectations, and I’m looking forward to participating in more PRIDE events this month, such as the Pride Parade and Collis Trivia - Pride Edition.
Our Dartmouth Experiences: From the '23s to the '27s
Congratulations on being accepted to Dartmouth! For those of you who are still deciding, I thought it could be helpful to ask the graduating seniors to reflect on why they chose Dartmouth and whether those reasons still hold true today.