Jon Scott'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.
As the weather gets nicer and the school year nears its conclusion, it's only right to enjoy the last few weeks in the Upper Valley. What better way to spend time than eating my way through the Valley?
Getting Out of the Woods
So you want to get out of the woods, huh? Well you're in luck. Though it requires a little traveling, Dartmouth happens to be between two very exciting -- and different -- cities.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
"Oh so you're a film major, so what do you do?"
A little bit of everything, really. When I got to Dartmouth, I had no intention of being a filmmaker.
How I became a Government major
You've probably heard it before but it doesn't hurt to say it again: there are so many programs, clubs, and other opportunities at Dartmouth.
Finding Your Place: The AAM
With a seemingly endless number of ways to spend time outside of the classroom, many students actually struggle deciding where to dedicate their time.
You went to the Balkans?
Similar to Adina's internship made possible by the Dickey Center's Global Health Internship Program, I had the opportunity to study at the Rochester Institute of Technology Kosovo (RIT Kosovo)