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FallOn CampusFavorite Class: WRIT 5 - Food For Thought
This class looked at food from every possible angle: agriculture, regulation/policy, marketing, nutrition, animal rights, and much more. This class drastically changed the way I think about food and where it comes from.
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: WGSS - Gender in Islam
Professor Ayubi is one of the best professors in the WGST department and led an incredible class on themes of gender/sexuality in Islam. Even those not interested in religion as a major couldn't help but be fascinated in this class.
For most of the summer I worked at a day camp, but the most important part of my summer was the weeks I spent in Haiti, visiting the little boy I hope to adopt at the orphanage where he lives. It is and has been the highlight of my last 4 summers.
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: SART - Drawing 1
Drawing I is an opportunity for students without much experience in the visual arts to get comfortable in the studio. It's time consuming, but a great creative outlet, and the results at the end of the term are worth it.
The focus on both global current events and Dartmouth-specific feminist issues covered in this class made for an engaging curriculum for both newcomers and veterans to the WGSS department.
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: WGSS - Gender and the Global War on Terror
This class takes a closer look at militarization and it's effects on gendered violence around the world in the context of the American attempt to declare a "War on Terror."
5 books to read on the Green in spring!
I am obviously still caught up in how beautiful the weather is on campus during spring, and I have been constantly looking for more ways to enjoy it.
- No. 1
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
This is the story of two Ghanaian half sisters who are separated at birth. One lives a life of luxury married to an Englishman on the Gold Coast of Africa, while the other is sold into slavery and sent to the United States. The book follows their families for eight generations through Mississippi plantations, the American Civil War, and Jazz Age Harlem. The subject matter is heavy, but it's an absolutely riveting read.
- No. 2
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief is about a young German girl named Liesel Meminger after she is given up by her mother to live with a new set of parents shortly before the start of World War II. The story is narrated by Death and follows Liesel as she learns to read and as her new family shelters a Jewish man from the Nazis. I have read this book at least five separate times, and I have yet to tire of it. Again, the subject matter isn't very light, but this book is definitely worth the emotional toll.
- No. 3
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
Chris Bohjalian is an expert storyteller, and in this novel he weaves an intricate web of mystery surrounding the disappearance of Annalee Ahlberg, who is known for sleepwalking. Her husband and children desperately attempt to find their missing wife and mother. The unexpected twists and turns of their search will have you on the edge of your seat (or picnic blanket).
Good Riddance, Snow!
As someone who came to New Hampshire from Florida, I was very intimidated by the cold weather.
- No. 1
Wearing shorts and sandals. I cannot stress to you all enough how much of a relief it is not to have to put on a jacket to go outside.
- No. 2
Studying on the green.
Or any other outdoor space on campus! It is very face-timey, so you might get a little distracted, but your body needs that Vitamin D after the eternal winter.
- No. 3
Biking, running, hiking, climbing, rollerblading...
All of your favorite outdoor activities are now so much more enjoyable now that the temps are above 50 degrees.
Secret Fun Stuff To Do on Campus
Some prospies are a little shocked with how small the town of Hanover seems when they visit, and worry that there won't be enough things to do in their free time.
- No. 1
Hidden in the basement of the HOP, the jewelry studio is open to students to learn how to make their own jewelry. You can pay for materials using your DA$H and take home your creations when you're finished. Jewelry studio staff are always available to help you if you don't have a lot of experience with jewelry making.
- No. 2
Ceramics Studio and Woodshop
Very similar to the Jewelry Studio in location (basement of the HOP) and logistics (you pay for materials with DA$H and get to keep your creations), the Ceramics Studio and the Woodshop are open to all students to learn how to throw and glaze pots or build any sort of wooden contraption you can imagine. The only difference here is that students do need to complete a safety orientation in order to work in the Woodshop. Need new decorations for your dorm? Build a shelf or make a bowl! Some people have gone into the Woodshop with ambitious projects like building a boat or a musical instrument and have finished them!
- No. 3
Student Wellness Center
Student Wellness HQ is in Robo and offers a massage chair, safe sex bar, and more, but the Student Wellness Center also offers free activities for students like yoga classes, puppy-petting de-stressing sessions, lots of free food, and wellness classes like Koru Mindfulness and meditation. I personally recommend the Koru Mindfulness class. I took it my freshman year and I learned so much about meditation that I still use on a daily basis.