Gabrielle Kirlew's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: Writing 5 - Crime, the Criminal Mind and the Courtroom
The professor, a former public defender and judge, was absolutely amazing. The best part of the class was reading about the OJ Simpson trial.
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: Introductory Computer Science
Having absolutely no background in coding, I enrolled in Computer Science 1 with professor Tom Cormen and it ended up being one of the best classes I took at Dartmouth. My freshman floor mates and I worked on problem sets together
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: Acting 1
This class helped me conquer my stage fright and be generally more self aware. We watched and analyzed a lot of TedTalks in this course
SummerHome sweet home
I went home for the summer and worked part time at my mom's law firm... and did some babysitting on the side :)
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: Design Thinking
I took Engineering 12, Design Thinking, this term. This is must take! We learned to apply the Design Process to all sorts of problems from recreating social spaces to altering the academic curriculum
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: Contemporary Africa
This was the class that got me hooked on anthropology and made me want to be a major. The professor, Sabrina Billings, had recently written a book about Tanzanian Beauty Pageants, which we engaged with in class.
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: Women Writing Memoir
I was really dreading having to fulfill my literature distributive requirement because I don't particularly enjoy old english literature, but I found this class that allowed me to read 7 memoirs and write my own
SummerOn CampusFavorite Class: The Written Judicial Opinion
I opted to take only two classes during this term, which gave me more time to socialize and focus on the two classes I was taking. This was the first term I began running on campus and I took leadership roles in a few clubs
I was working at a small business in Georgetown, D.C. that did strategy and development work for non-profit organizations. One project I worked on was the National Women's History Museum. The #adulting life was awesome
WinterNew ZealandFavorite Class: Colonialism and its Legacies
I studied abroad in Auckland, New Zealand! It was hands down my favorite term at Dartmouth for so many reasons: I made great friends, got to engage first hand with indigenous studies, and travelled most weekends to beautiful locations around NZ!
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: Race, Incarceration and Politics: By the Numbers
After a six month hiatus, I returned to campus. I decided to mix it up and take a class called Race, Incarceration and Politics: By the Numbers, which hooked me on Quantitative Social Science. For my final project, I analyzed voter turnout in FL.
This summer I was on campus working at the Admissions Office as a Senior Fellow. I gave Information Session to visiting families and worked on various projects around the office.
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: Data Visualization
My favorite class this term was Data Visualization. This was a flipped classroom, meaning that we watched taped lectures for homework and did exercises in class. I especially liked this class because I think its applicable to many disciplines.
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: Misperceptions in Politics
Summer School is not punishment
The especially cold days here in the northeast have me yearning for summer: Sophomore Summer, specifically.
- No. 1
Because the sophomores are the only class on campus, the summer is basically a long-term bonding opportunity for you and the other members of your class. Over dinners by the river, excursions to nearby diners or walks around Occom pond, I met and got to know many of the other members of my class.
- No. 2
Summer in NH is #gorgeous
Summer (in my opinion), is the best time of year in New Hampshire. It’s never too hot (a beautiful and very manageable 70-78 degrees most days), there’s very little humidity (#byeDC) and the river is right in our backyard. There are two rope-swings, and multiple swimming docks – plus the Ledyard Canoe Club rents kayaks and canoes.
- No. 3
Opportunity to try new things
Many of the same clubs and activities that happen during the normal academic year (fall, winter, spring) operate as usual during the summer. However, many of them re-open their membership to campus to replace freshmen, sophomores, and graduated seniors who are not on campus during the summer.
Coding and Social Science Conundrums: My Experience with QSS
The Quantitative Social Science (QSS) Program at Dartmouth is relatively new department that strives to teach students to analyze social science problems using statistical and computational tools.
Two Weeks in Southeast Asia
As some of you may know, Dartmouth has an especially long six week winter break that we call “winterim”. Most years I use the break as an opportunity to return home and binge watch several series on Netflix.
Dartmouth wasn't on my radar until two weeks before the deadline
So, you ask…. how did I end up at Dartmouth?Let me preface my story by saying that every single Dartmouth student landed at Dartmouth in a different way.
Seven Standout Moments from Senior Fall
My final fall at Dartmouth has come and gone, so allow me to share seven highlights of my term:
- No. 1
I wrote an entire blog post about my experience with First Year Trips and my experience being a member of this team, but I would be remiss not to mention it in my fall highlights because it was such an impactful part of my term.
- No. 2
My sorority, Chi Delta hosted our second annual Oktoberfest during the first weekend of the term. I was not taking classes last fall (I was at home doing an internship) and missed our first annual Oktoberfest, so I was excited to experience the festivities this year.
- No. 3
Family in Hanover
As much as I love Dartmouth, and as much time as I’ve spent away from home at this point, I still periodically get very homesick. This was this case for me on a few occasions this term. Luckily, I had family members visit me during three separate times during the fall.