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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.
Five Things I Loved about Fall Term
The autumn season at Dartmouth is quite stunning visually, as you may have gotten a glimpse of from other blog posts or our Instagram. But it’s also an eventful time of the year.
- No. 1
Friends from the beginning
It was easy to maintain friendships I made last year, despite the changing circumstances that accompany a new year. I still had classes with many of my old friends, and given the small class size, this meant I was able to chit chat with them almost every day. In addition, the small student body size made it very common for me to just run into friends while grabbing a meal or walking through the library. Needless to say, everywhere I looked, a familiar face was there to ask me how I was doing.
- No. 2
New friends and new energy
People told me that after freshmen fall, it’s hard to make friends. I believed it, thinking that students simply get busier and don’t have time to foster new relationship. I was surprised when that was proven wrong. I have made so many new friends, most of whom I feel really grateful to have met, even if it’s already my sophomore year. I met them through my sorority, classes, and mutual friends.
- No. 3
Courses and professors
This fall, I took organic chemistry (CHEM 51), human evolution (ANTH 41), and an introductory statistics course (PSYC 10). I loved all of them, especially because my professors were very available and accommodating, holding several office hours a week. I never felt like I was being thrown into the deep end or expected to manage everything on my own. Freshman me would barely ask questions or go to office hours alone, too intimidated by the professors. Now I understand that they want to help and will gladly answer any question on my mind.
Exploring our Origins - One Fossil at a Time
We launched our first class by going back in time seventy million years to the origin of primates. Every week, we move along the timeline and learn about the evolution of our ancestors, from primates to catarrhines to apes, and finally hominins.
How to Make the Most of Weekends
With two whole days of no school, we can sleep in, get extra work done, and hang out with friends, a task that can prove overwhelming during the week, given different class schedules and extracurriculars.
- No. 1
Usually I go to Foco (our buffet-like dining hall) for their banana bread, fresh fruit and granola, and made-to-order omelettes. Foco also serves brunch until 2 pm, for all the late risers out there. When I’m feeling really fancy, I like to go to Lou’s with a few friends. Although the line can seem really long, especially with the enticing smell of muffins and bacon just a few feet away, the wait is well worth it.
- No. 2
Call friends and family
The weekends are also the perfect time to catch up with loved ones who aren’t at Dartmouth. I like to reserve Sunday nights for FaceTiming my family and asking them how their weeks were and how events went (including but not limited to high school homecoming dances, half-marathons, and recent baking adventures). It’s also a nice way to reflect on the highlights and low points of my own week.
- No. 3
I almost exclusively do my laundry and other errands, like cleaning my room, on the weekends. The only problem is that pretty much everyone has the same idea, so Sundays you may have to pull someone’s clothes out of the dryer to put your own in. I love to fold my laundry while catching up on my favorite TV show, Grey’s Anatomy. A girl’s got to multitask!
Surgery, Privilege, and the Middle Class… Welcome to Sociology!
Before this class, I seldom had to read non-fiction for academic purposes. These books were a great way to cement our understanding of concepts we learned in class, but with a real-world twist.