Jon's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: REL 8: Introduction to Islam
Though I had studied Islam in the past, this class provided an in-depth study into the creation of the Islamic faith, as well as how it was perceived by the outside world. Furthermore, the class stresses that Islam is not a monolith and explores how perceptions and practices differ amongst the religion's practitioners.
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: GOVT 5: International Politics
I've always had an interest in international issues so I decided to take GOVT 5 - International Politics with Professor Wohlforth. I enjoyed the wide range of aspects covered in the class, as well as professor Wohlforth himself.
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: Math: 7.03
I enjoyed my writing seminar, Hazardous Data, with Professor Kremer. My final paper, An XL Proposal with Larger Consequences won the Arthur Feinstein 1955 Memorial Fund First-Year Excellence in Writing Award.
SummerKosovoFavorite Class: Security & Development in Kosovo
My freshman experience at Dartmouth broadened my perspective, expanding my interests to the international level. I studied in Kosovo, at the Rochester Institute of Technology- Kosovo. I also interned at the Kosovo Property Agency. This was made possible by Dartmouth's Dickey Center for International Understanding
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: Govt 54: US Foreign Policy
This class covers US foreign policy from the beginning of the 19th century until the present. I really enjoyed the ample time allotted to class discussion. The readings cover a broad range of strategies and historical events as well.
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: FILM 22 Film History III (1960 to 1990)
This class surveyed films across of world from 1960 to around 1990. One film in particular, "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul"--a German film--is amongst my all-time favorites.
SpringOn-CampusFavorite Class: GOVT 30.11 Policy Implementation
To be completely honest, the best part about this course is Professor Dr. Nachlis. That being said, there are a ton of important and enlightening topics covered in this course.
Don't worry, this course is also cross-listed as film class. Professor Isenberg from the New School comes to Dartmouth every summer to teach this course on European Exiles who came to Hollywood to make some of the most enduring films. Almost every film we viewed instantly turned into one of my favorites--and who doesn't want to spend part of the summer viewing movies.
FallOn-CampusFavorite Class: FILM 33 Writing for the Screen I
Surprise! another film class. It's not too often you can be so creative, but this screenwriting class allows writers to write any film of their choice while receiving feedback from the professor and the class.
The Long Awaited Post on Campus Dining
- No. 1
Though Foco serves breakfast, I am almost always at Collis for breakfast. My favorite order is an omelet with cheese, ham, onions, tomatoes, and potatoes -- it's pretty much what I get every weekday (Collis breakfast is closed on weekends). Collis breakfast also boasts bacon, egg, and cheeses (students can substitute ham or sausage) as well as other morning options involving eggs. Lastly, many students also choose to get fruit smoothies in the morning as well. Collis also serves delicious stir fry and has a sandwhich shop for lunch as well. At dinner, many students lineup to eat the famed Collis pasta. Overall, Collis is known for its healthier and fresher options.
- No. 2
Quite recently I've switched to the Hop as my main lunch time dining hall. If Collis is known for the healthier options, the Hop is known for comfort food and faster options. Most of the dishes at the Hop are hamburgers, eggs and chicken wrapped in a tortilla, and French fries. Recently the Hop opened a custom-prepared salad counter, so it is now possible to have a very healthy meal at the Hop. But generally, students are known to go all out on the fried food. For me, the Hop is a quick and delicious meal that I often take on-the-go as I try to finish homework before practice, or prepare to go to my last class of the afternoon, depending on my schedule that day. My favorite order at the Hop is the Big Bad Burger, which is two-quarter pound patties, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, bacon, and BBQ sauce in a burger. Perhaps not the healthiest option, but the taste more than makes up for it in my opinion.
- No. 3
Foco ('53 Commons)
Foco is by far the largest of the three dining halls and has the greatest amount of options. Some highlights include the Kosher section -- which many students (regardless of practice) end up getting food from pretty often -- and the World View sections which features a certain type of food each week from around the world. Foco is a classic dinner spot especially for athletes. It's buffet style allows for everyone to have as much as they like, and with Collis closed on the weekends, Foco becomes even busier on Saturday and Sunday. I've had some pretty memorable moments at Foco, with some not-too-embarrassing photos to prove it.
Jon's School Survival Guide: Study Spaces
Now that I've been on campus for a couple of years, I'd like to think I've found some of the better places to study. As times have changed, the spaces where I study have changed too.
- No. 1
Black Visual Arts Center
Finished in 2012, the Black Visual Arts Center remains one of my favorite spots on campus--and not just for studying. Fondly known as Black or B-VAC to Dartmouth students, the facility houses the Studio Art Department, Film & Media Studies, Digital Humanities and the Loew Auditorium. The specific spot I enjoy is the Film & Media Studies Gallery. For one, the view is amazing, and since I'm only usually in Black in the morning or early afternoon, I can see the sunshine through the many windows. Because Black is a pretty long walk from my dorm, I usually study there before and after I have a class in the building.
- No. 2
Orozco Mural Room
It's kind of crazy to study next to a National Historic Landmark, but that's exactly what students do in the Orozco Mural room. Specifically, Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco's The Epic of American Civilization takes up over half of the room's walls. Tourists walk through the room during the day but the area is almost always quiet. Orozco also holds Baker Library's course reserves, where students can check out required readings for classes for a limited time. The room is in the basement of Baker Library so there's basically no sunlight, but since I'm usually only there at night--and often have a multiude of things to finish--the lack of natural lighting is just fine.
- No. 3
Jack Byrne Commons
Probably the least known of the three spots, Jack Byrne Commons is located in the new Kemeny Hall, home of Dartmouth's Mathematics Department. I'm still afraid of math, but this study space turned out to be very cool. If it's not obvious already, I really enjoy spaces with sunglight and a view during the daytime hours. Since the Commons are usually pretty empty during the day, I usually study here after a class in Silsby Hall (home of the government department) or when I need a quieter space to study during a school day.