Jenny's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: Sociology 001
I looked forward to this class every week, partly because of the professor and partly due to the content. We read books on a wide variety of topics, ranging from privilege and how it affects our interactions with others to restaurant kitchens and the hierarchies inherent in surgical residencies.
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: Biology 013
Biol13 is structured so that you have to work as a group on difficult class problems and even on some exams, which was novel to me and pushed me to really understand the material. This class inspired me to pursue research (both off-campus and on-campus) related to genetics.
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: The Body: The Nude in Western Visual Art
Although this class was daunting to me in the beginning, given that I had little to no experience in either Women's, Gender, and Sexuality or Art History, it was also one of the classes in which I became the most engaged in. For our final project, I investigated the history of allegories in Western art and why they were so often portrayed as women.
I interned at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA under Dr. Livingston. I explored the mechanism by which BRCA1 acts as a tumor suppressor. It was really rewarding to be able to apply what I had learned in Biol13, including specific procedures and techniques we had been tested on, to a real-life laboratory setting.
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: Organic Chemistry
This class is notorious for its difficulty, and I would not call it an easy class. Nonetheless, it was my favorite class because I loved Professor Jacobi, who has taught at Dartmouth for 22 years, and I appreciated learning mechanisms behind why certain reactions happen. Instead of rote memorization, this class relied on being able to predict the products of a reaction, a skill picked up from lots of practice.
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Although this was an introductory class, Professor Craig made it more dynamic and interactive, with several visits to the Hood Museum of Art, ethnography labs, and weekly discussion posts. I learned about everything from the Gebusi culture and their rites of passage to the opioid epidemic. For my final paper, I conducted an ethnography studying the social dynamics that take place in Baker Lobby and how that relates to the exchange of capital.
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: Introduction to Programming and Computation
Though I had taken four years of computer science before (mostly in middle school), I did not have a very good experience with coding prior to taking CS1. However, the professor was one of the best professors I have had, explaining jargon in understandable ways and even giving out chocolate bars to students who answered the most difficult questions she would ask in class. I was certain that there was no way I would be able to create the lab assignments (such as a revolving solar system animation and map of Dartmouth that calculated the shortest possible route between two points), but she enabled all of us to through exercises, short assignments, and exams.
Two Weeks of Summer Break?
Here are a few things I did over my “summer break” before returning for school, and one thing I wished I had done:
- No. 1
Let's Go to the Beach
The only real trip I went on was to Sandy Point Beach for a day with my family. Besides sunbathing and watching my new-fangled guilty pleasure (Love Island), I started a book by Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace. I bought it last term after her public talk and did not have the time to open it until I got home for break. I’m still working on it – it’s a fascinating novel based on a true story, but rather different from The Handmaid’s Tale.
- No. 2
Missing Collis smoothies had me making my own smoothies at home! Collis smoothies are one of my favorite Dartmouth Dining Service (DDS) snacks/drinks because you can personalize them and select from different fruits, juices, milk, and even protein or chia additions. This summer, the Hop dining hall is closed but luckily, Collis is still open. During the summer, usually, one or the other does not open just because there are not that many students on-campus.
- No. 3
I also read Educated by Tara Westover, a recommendation from my older sister. I couldn’t believe how captivating and intense a lot of stories from her life were and I ended up finishing the book in a few hours. I was reminded of how lucky I am to have received an education from a young age, and especially continuing to do so here at Dartmouth.
From Motors to Chloroplasts... My Week through Lab
Once a week, you have lab, which varies in length, activity, and rigor based on the specific class.
Things You Appreciate During Finals Week
Here are a few of the things that keep my spirits high during finals week.
- No. 1
Empty Lecture Rooms
With all of the study rooms already booked in Baker-Berry library, my friend and I turned to the less popular Haldeman and Kemeny buildings to find a space where we could study together. Since those buildings are used by the math department, and neither one of us has taken a math class at Dartmouth, we spent a bit of time exploring around as we opened study room after study room, only to find them already occupied. We were quite ready to give up when we stumbled into this huge lecture room – an empty one, too. There was so much blackboard space to write our chemical equations and synthesis maps on with clean white chalk, it made studying bearable.
- No. 2
Dartmouth's Tae Kwon Do Team
Before heading to the aforementioned study session, we walked by Novack, where the Dartmouth Tae Kwon Do team was selling Thai bubble tea! Even though they ran out of bubbles, I still bought a drink because I had never had Thai tea before and was curious to see how it tasted. It was quite delicious! If you're ever craving a sweet treat or snack, there are usually student organizations selling goods, either for charity fundraisers or to go towards maintaining their club.
- No. 3
With just a few hours before our final project for GOVT 19 was due, my group was still confused about how to calculate the standard errors for a certain term in our model, given that we had not learned it in class. Having already emailed our professor and awaiting his response, one of my group members suggested that we talk to the Quantitative Social Science (QSS) librarians, who can be found in the first floor of Berry Library. I had not even known that there were librarians that we could consult about issues we were having with our code. It’s definitely nice to realize how many resources there are when you need some help.