My 20S Schedule
Hi there, it's been a while! Here's what I've been up to: long naps, short walks, and online classes. Even though this term isn't what I imagined, virtual schooling has made me realize how much I miss Dartmouth.
- No. 1
CHIN 23: Intermediate Modern Chinese
I start my weekdays with Chinese class from 9:05-9:55 AM. Professor Li, a visiting scholar from Beijing Normal University, teaches us vocabulary sets and grammar, but our readings are more complex than last term’s. We have read about Amy Chua’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, China’s one-child policy, and environmental laws. Professor Li also challenges us to read news reports and watch interviews (such as in the picture above) to better prepare us for our study abroad program in Beijing.
- No. 2
ASCL 10.01: Introduction to Chinese Culture
My Introduction to Chinese Culture course is taught by Professor Levi Gibbs and Miya Xie. The class is asynchronous, which means I listen to pre-recorded lectures at my own pace. In addition to the hour lecture, there are about 150 pages of reading and 3 discussion posts each week. As someone who has exclusively studied the Chinese language, I recently realized that I love learning about Chinese religion, art, music, and dynasties. This week, we learned about the Ghost Festival, a holiday wherein people bring out tables to the streets and then burn foods and paper artifacts to feed wandering ghosts. I am definitely interested in taking more courses in the Asian Societies Cultures Languages Department, especially calligraphy!
- No. 3
PSYC 7.02: Brain Evolution
I am not a STEM gal, so I immediately jumped at the chance to fulfill my science distribution with Professor Granger’s First Year Seminar on Brain Evolution. We meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:25-4:15 PM. The class revolves around Striedter’s textbook Principles of Brain Evolution, so each student is responsible for teaching the class half a chapter. Professor Granger steps in to clarify difficult concepts or to review writing strategies. This term, we will write four essays, which will undergo a rigorous revision process. I just completed my first essay about bilingualism, and I am excited to explore the effectiveness of antidepressants.
- No. 4
REL 26: Islam in America
Because this term is pass/fail, I decided to take a fourth course. Professor Zahra Ayubi is accommodating, helpful, and creative. Even though we couldn’t visit Rauner Special Collections Library, she worked with the librarian to scan in at least 20 documents for us. I also enjoy how we discuss current events such as Bernie Sander’s ability to bring out Muslim voters and Stephen Colbert’s interview with Representative Ilhan Omar.