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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.
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.
SummerOn CampusFavorite Class: Sex, Gender, and Society
I took this class for a distributive requirement and ended up loving it. Each student was assigned a day to present on a certain topic - mine being patriarchy. I decided to analyze relationships in Crazy Rich Asians through a lens of the patriarchal bargain. We explored transgender issues, the history of feminism, gender identity, and so much more. Would highly recommend!
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: Sports Analytics
As someone who didn't know the rules to pretty much any sport, I tentatively signed up for this class. However, the professors made it clear that everyone had a different sports background, so I never felt at a disadvantage. We used Markov chains to predict winners of tennis matches, analyzed field goals kicks using logit models, and listened to guest speakers from a variety of industries.
I spent the winter at the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, studying epidemiology and global health. I was first involved on a project using data surveillance and social media to model Ebola outbreaks in the DRC, but as soon as the COVID-19 outbreak started, I transitioned to that. I was even able to publish my first paper!
I was planning to study in Rome for the term and practice my basic Italian skills, but unfortunately the program was canceled. Instead of taking classes, I decided to continue working at my winter internship at NIH. Some of the research I conducted involved analyzing data on excess mortality as a method of estimating the true burden of COVID-19.
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.
Dartmouth Traditions – the weird, wacky, and wonderful
Given Dartmouth’s long history, the number of traditions that students participate in should not be shocking. However, that does not mean I was prepared for all the fun and crazy ahead of me coming into Dartmouth.