Hello friends! My name is Diana D'Souza, and I'm pursuing a double major in Chinese and Government modified with Economics. On campus, I'm a Chinese research assistant and a member of the Women in Business (WIB) Executive Board. I'm also a TA for ENGS 12, Design Thinking, and involved in my sorority, Kappa Delta. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, curating Spotify playlists, and baking with friends.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Are students given personally assigned advisors or is advising conducted by an advisement center?
Students are personally assigned advisors!
As a New Jerseyan, many of my friends went to Rutgers, our state school, with 36,000+ undergraduates. My friends were shocked when they learned I had a personal faculty advisor. Dartmouth is a small college with about 4,400 undergraduates, which means each student gets individualized attention. The summer before freshman year, I filled out a brief advising questionnaire that asked about my interests, potential majors, and concerns. Since I am a prospective economics major, it made sense that I matched with Professor Staiger in the economics department. However, your advisor won't always line up with your major. One of my friends is a math major, but he has an African American Studies professor as his advisor. Don't worry, though! During your freshman year, you will spend most of your time completing distributive requirements and exploring different fields. Your advisor will correspond more closely to your major in your sophomore year.
After orientation, Professor Staiger reached out to me and scheduled a 30-minute appointment to select classes. He showed me how to use the Timetable (which shows course offerings and times for the term), create a balanced schedule, and register for classes on Darthub. Even during this virtual Spring term, Professor Staiger answered my many frantic emails about the class waitlist and adding a fourth course.
Students are also assigned an Undergraduate Dean, who you can consult for academic, personal, and social issues. If you need a second opinion on courses, are feeling overwhelmed by schoolwork, or are struggling to pick a major, your Dean is a great starting point. Other great resources include your Undergraduate Advisor (an upperclassman that lives on your residential floor) and your House Advisor. In addition, Dartmouth offers career advising through the Center for Professional Development (CPD) and pre-professional clubs such as the Dartmouth Consulting Group and Women in Computer Science. Best of all, the upperclassmen are beyond helpful—willing to grab a meal with you, give you their phone number, or offer advice. I'm lucky to say that I have always felt supported by the resounding number of resources Dartmouth provides.
I've been at Dartmouth for 3 weeks and can confirm: college isn't easy. Life at Dartmouth, however, doesn't have to be hard - here are my top tips for being successful at Dartmouth (and college in general).