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. During your first few weeks on campus, you'll receive a swarm of emails from different groups inviting you to join them. While scrolling through the large number of emails I received my freshman year, I stumbled upon an application for the Dickey Center's Great Issue Scholar Program (GIS):
Great Issues Scholars participate in a year-long series of highly interactive events aimed at enhancing their understanding of the world and current international events. The program is a unique opportunity for first-year students to connect with faculty, visiting experts, and peers around complex global issues.
Throughout the year, GIS allows students to connect with Dartmouth faculty and staff, as well as top officials from across the field of International Relations. One event I particularly enjoyed was a lunch discussion with Mara Rudman, a Dartmouth '84 who served as the White House Deputy National Security Advisor for Presidents Clinton and Obama. I also enjoyed a dinner event that highlighted the effect of different of foods (and their transportation) on the world's climate. However, my favorite event was the Retreat & Global Crisis Simulation.
During the first weekend of October, GIS held the Retreat & Global Crisis Simulation at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Vermont. Scholars were placed in groups representing the various countries with territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The simulation was led by Dartmouth Associate Professor Jennifer Lind, an expert in East Asian international security. Students in each group negotiated with other countries and discussed within their own group which policy decisions to make and which actions to take.
Another fun element of the retreat was the group activities throughout the Outdoor Center on Saturday morning. The groups rotated through various exercises that required excellent teamwork in order to complete. More than anything else, I'm thankful for the friendships I made within my group, as well as with other scholars at the retreat.
GIS remains one of my favorite experiences at Dartmouth. In fact, it is the main reason I decided to apply for the Dickey Center's Security & Development summer internship -- which turned out to be another one of my most memorable experiences. Today, I am a Government major focusing on International Relations. It's safe to say GIS has had a profound impact on my Dartmouth experience.
GIS is only one of the many amazing programs at Dartmouth. There are so many programs, clubs, and other groups that deeply affect students' time at Dartmouth. So what are you waiting for, Class of 2022? Come to Dartmouth and find your passion!