Aloha to the page of a wanderlusting writer juggling college life and several other hobbies into an eternally-short 24-hour day. I hope to shed light on the Dartmouth experience as I explore the brave new world of Hanover, NH and everything going to college here has to offer. In my free time, you can find me trying to learn a new language or building the perfect Spotify playlist (alternative/indie, anyone?). I hope you enjoy!
Taught by Gordon Henry, an Anishinaabe poet and author, this class taught me to explore Indigenous storytelling within digital contexts. I took this class with only seven other classmates, allowing us to really engage with films, comic books, and television shows in Indigenous languages or produced by Indigenous artists.
Taught by Timothy Pulju, this class taught me how to identify and understand how languages evolve over time and why. I analyzed and reconstructed fictional languages of imaginary nations in order to understand the link between language and culture, and ended up having such an appreciation for the complexity and beauty of language's place in history!
Taught by Lindsay Whaley, this class let me discover a newfound love for ancient apocalyptic literature. We analyzed ancient texts and compared them to modern apocalypses, looking at the zombie apocalypse phenomenon and other apocalypses in pop culture and comparing them to the ancient tradition of writing apocalypses. Additionally, I learned the Greek alphabet and now I can even stumble through ancient Greek passages.
Taught and organized by David Peterson, this class let me get into the shoes of a real linguist as we did fieldwork (virtually!!) with the Zophei language. I learned how to describe a never-before-learned language's phonology (sound system), how to characterize its grammar and words, and ultimately got to present my research to experts in the language family around the world in a workshop at the end of the term!
Taught by N. Bruce Duthu, this class taught me how Native literature can provide lens by which to evaluate, critique, and ultimately revise Federal Indian Law. During this class, I read works by Native authors like Tommy Orange and Louise Erdrich '76 alongside the opinions of definitive case opinions in American law and explained how literature can be a catalyst for Indigenous sovereignty.
Supervised by N. Bruce Duthu, I spent this off-term performing research after being awarded a Sophomore Research Scholarship to study contemporary Hawaiian cultural and linguistic revitalization. I studied 19th-century newspapers and contemporary Hawaiian texts in order to understand how Hawaiian language revitalization both past and present has advanced and continues to enable a contemporary bodied Hawaiian politic of sovereignty.
Taught by Laura McPherson, this class taught me about how languages create meaning through words. During this class, I learned how to analyze different languages' morphological processes and compare different approaches within the field as to morphological structures.
Taught by N. Bruce Duthu, this class offered me a glimpse into the lived realities of Native people in Indian Country Today. I learned about the economic, social, cultural, and historical roots for the struggles of Indigenous people today within the United States, and was able to write about the contemporary battle for Native Hawaiian visibility and Hawaiian sovereignty.
Have you received funding from Dartmouth for research?
Have you received funding from Dartmouth for research, a project, or a trip? If so, how did you find that funding and what did it enable you to do?
During my second off-term, I was able to secure funding from Undergraduate Advising and Research (UGAR) for research in the Department of Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS). Let me tell you how!
During my sophomore winter term, I had the privilege of taking a class taught by Professor N. Bruce Duthu. During this class, I was able to develop a relationship over discussions about my research and ideas for my final paper. After the class concluded, I contacted Professor Duthu about working on a research project during my offterm. With him, I was able to draft a research proposal to submit to UGAR explaining specifically how I was going to structure my research, what resources I would utilize, and to provide context for my research and its significance to both scholars and non-scholars. All of the conversations I'd had beforehand discussing my topic matter and asking for additional resources prior to the application's submission came together in a really beautiful way to allow me to pursue a project with full funding. I plan on integrating the results of my research with a thesis I hope to write before graduation.
Today, UGAR still has several programs including some that function just like mine! At the beginning of your sophomore year, you're eligible to apply to an Undergraduate Research Assistantship at Dartmouth (URAD) to get funding to work along a professor of your choosing. This is just one of many programs that allow you to get directly involved with research. To prepare your application, it is so, so helpful to connect with professors, to cultivate relationships with other researchers, and to be curious! You never know what might help launch you into a new project, either inside or outside of class.
I can't suggest checking UGAR for opportunities and experiences that will give you resources and funding to pursue research. Dartmouth is all about giving you as many avenues as possible to do research, and UGAR is a big part of that. I hope this helps!
I've been contemplating, for all of fall term, what extracurricular activity I feel passionate about—what activity I'd want to dedicate significant amounts of time towards. My conclusion was science research!
The English and Creative Writing FSP in London provided several opportunities for my peers and I to visit famous landmarks. These trips were highlights of the study abroad and allowed me to see places I might not otherwise have visited!