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.
One of the first questions I had after arriving at Dartmouth was how to do non-STEM research. If you know me, you know I'm not a STEM guy. I'm a prospective Linguistics major, and the first place I looked was the department website. After some quick investigating, I found out the name of a Linguistics professor doing research on language revitalization, my area of interest. I emailed him, we set up a meeting, and he gave me some guidance as to some possible subject areas and I've been collecting more and more information and data over the past few terms. I'm thinking of using the preliminary research I've done so far as the springboard for a bigger future project, possibly for academic credit.
And I'm not the only one! A couple of my friends were contacted by a Linguistics professor for research assistant positions because of their demonstrated interest and passion while in the class. More broadly speaking, I have friends interested in Government and Sociology who both did the same exact thing as me - reach out to professors who have done work in research areas of interest, schedule a meeting, and get researching! It's that simple. All of the professors have been extremely supportive and constantly willing to provide advice and guidance, and in some ways, research in the social sciences means you'll have an independence that lab work doesn't offer all the time.
At Dartmouth, it's very much about what you're interested in. You have complete control over what you want to research, and many professors are here not only because they love to teach, but also because they want to see their students succeed. Reach out, communicate your goals, and the sky's the limit.
Read all about my course selection for freshman fall! In order to mask my panic at the idea of it already being week 7 and having to once again choose classes, I decided to reflect on the classes I chose this term.
Now that we're all champing at the bit for the end of term, it's become coy and fleeting, tiptoeing further out of sight with each new assignment. And somewhere in waiting-for-finals I've found myself growing a little weary.