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FallOn-CampusFavorite Class: GRK 1 - Introductory Greek
Having already taken Greek in high school, I was excited to get a better look at the ancient language at Dartmouth. Fortunately, the class was incredibly small (only four people!) which allowed our professor to interact with us closely and develop a personal relationship with each of us.
WinterOn-CampusFavorite Class: WGSS 37/SOCY 49 - Social Justice and the City
I was still getting my footing on Dartmouth’s ten-week terms this winter, but this class made the adjustment much easier. The course focused on the practice of social justice in an urban setting.
SpringOn-CampusFavorite Class: EDUC 57 - Social, Emotional, and Moral Development
This was my first introduction to the Education department and I would still consider this to be one of my favorite cases at Dartmouth. Professor Tine opened our eyes to topics that influence the trajectory of social, emotional, and moral development, such as gender roles, self-esteem, and motivation.
FallOn-CampusFavorite Class: EDUC 62 - Adolescent Development and Education
My favorite moment in this class was when we were split into two groups for a class debate. We had to argue whether or not we believed that violent video games created violent adolescents. I was assigned to the group that was tasked with convincing the class that violent video games do make violent teenagers. After a hard-fought debate, my group won!
WinterOn-CampusFavorite Class: ENGL 53/AAAS 81/FILM 47 - Black Noir
In the winter, I was taking four courses, as well as training with the rowing team, so I was bit pressed for time. Although it was tough, this class was a true highlight! We spent the term reading black American literature, such as crime novels, and the Blaxploitation era of the 1970s and watching a few films.
SpringOn-CampusFavorite Class: SOCY 1 - Introductory Sociology
I spent a large amount of time traveling for rowing races this term and Professor Rogers was incredibly accommodating and understanding! We delved into topics such as race, class, gender, culture, and connected them to key theories in sociology and this class set the foundation for my love of sociology today.
SummerOn-CampusFavorite Class: LATS 5/SOCY 49 - Complexities of Latinx Identities in the US
I was so surprised by how much I loved this class. For a paper, our professor encouraged us to look at the current issues regarding immigration that we face in America and develop ways to rectify these issues. This has been one of my favorite classes at Dartmouth!
FallOn-CampusFavorite Class: EDUC 60 - Learning and Education Across Cultures
During this term, students were broken up into groups and asked to analyze the ways in which a certain demographic learns as a term project. It was incredibly insightful to walk around the classroom and look at everyone’s professional posters on the last day of class.
WinterOn-CampusFavorite Class: Hanover FSP
This was my first Hanover FSP, where I was the Student Life Intern at the Collis Center for Student Involvement. I helped coordinate Winter Carnival and Collis’ 40th Birthday Celebration.
SpringOn-CampusFavorite Class: Senior Admissions Fellow
Here we are at my eighth straight term on campus! WOW! This term, I am starting my role as a Senior Admissions Fellow, where I will be leading Information Sessions for prospective students, working on projects around the office, and blogging.
Things I Wish I Knew Before My Freshman Year
As I have just started my last year as a Dartmouth student, I have been reflecting on my time here and I have come up with a list to things I wish I knew my freshman year.
- No. 1
Step outside of your comfort zone!
I thought I was going to be a psychology major when I came to Dartmouth, but found that I enjoyed the sociology classes much more. You may think that you know what you want to study, but it is likely going to change (and that is completely fine!) Also, you should join that club that you were eyeing at the Club Fair and try something that you have never tried before.
- No. 2
You are not expected to know how everything works, so it is perfectly fine to feel a little lost. Nine times out of ten, when you ask someone what their favorite thing about Dartmouth is, they are going to say that it is the people and the community. Everyone is willing to help and there are several resources for you to access when you need help.
- No. 3
Time management is key
Dartmouth operates on a quarter system. These ten-week terms move extremely fast, so it is super important to stay on top of your work. Having a planner (and actually using it!) has saved me each and every term. Your academics always come first, but everyone needs time to do the things that they are passionate about. It is all about knowing your schedule and working accordingly!