Reflecting on My Sophomore Fall Classes
One of my favorite blogs to write is sharing with you all the classes I am taking each term. As I took a hiatus from blogging, I wanted my first post back to be a little update on how my classes are going.
SPAN 9 (Culture and Conversation) — Coming into Dartmouth, I had the option of taking an advanced Spanish class as I came in with AP Spanish Language credit from high school, or I could take two classes in a different language. I decided to take French 1 my freshman spring, but decided not to continue as I found myself struggling with completing the first level; thus, I thought of it as my sign to return to my roots of Spanish and complete the language requirement with an upper-level Spanish course called "Culture and Conversation".
I was a bit hesitant and nervous to take this course because I hadn't taken Spanish since sophomore year of high school, but I wanted to take on this opportunity to refresh and strengthen my Spanish as I come from a border city. In this class, we cover grammer, but primarily immersing ourselves in Spanish culture whether that is listening to a podcast, reading a newspaper, or watching a movie. My favorite part of this class is my classmates, whom bring so much joy to this class as we are all learning together!
HIST 4 (Intro to the Modern Middle East and North Africa) — As an intended history major, part of my major requirements include taking a class in four of the six areas of geographical distribution (click here to read more about the history major!); thus, I decided to take a class on the Middle East, which I had absolutely no background in. During week 1 of this class, I wasn't really familiar with what exactly the Middle East is, or how it came to be, but over the course of learning about the Gunpowder Empires, Israel/Palestine, Iran, Turkey, and Egypt (just to name a few), I've been immersed in various primary sources and historian case-studies on aspects that define the modern Middle East or why it is such a big topic in media and the political world.
ANTH 50 (Anthropology of Museums) — I took this anthropology course for my distributive requirements, but I came to absolutely love the topic and the evolution of museums. Every Friday, my anthropology class goes to the Hood Museum, where we hear from different people who work at the Hood, and the significance of the work they do. I've learned so much about what it means to repatriate objects as well the impact of climate on museums, so this class is definitely interdisciplinary as I've gotten to see how so many departments and topics intersect, and its relevance to urgent matters such as climate change especially in New Hampshire and Vermont.