Jul's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: HIST 003: Europe in Medieval and Early Modern Times
My favourite part about this class was the structure of it! Three times a week, we had a large class lecture. Then, our x-hour was used for a small group discussion with our professor.
I loved how interactive this class was. Tt was a lecture based class, but we often had in-class building activities and one large project - building a cardboard chair!
Our professor made the class! Professor Tine was so enthusiastic about the content and material in this course, that it made me excited to come to class and learn eachday
I spend my first year summer at home with my family and travelling to visit old friends, new friends from Dartmouth, and extended family members. I spent a lot of my summer down south in Florida and Georgia, escaping the Canadian cold.
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: REL 60: Protestant Reformations.
Sophomore fall I was on campus taking classes and training for the upcoming Track and Field season. My favourite class was taught by 3 different professors from 3 different departments, looking at the Protestant Reformation from an art history angle, music angle, and of course religious perspective.
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: SART 65: Architecture 1
I spent sophomore winter on campus in Hanover taking four classes and competing in our indoor track and field season. The most interesting class that I took this term was an introduction architecture class where we actually got to build things in the wood shop!
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: REL 32.06: Jewish Views of Christianity
This spring was a busy one for me in Hanover! I competed for our school's varsity track and field team and took three classes, two of which satisfied requirements for my major. My favourite class was "Jewish Views of Christianity", which was cross-listed in the Religion, History and Jewish Studies departments.
It's my sophomore summer! However, instead of taking classes, I'm on campus interning with the Alumni Relations office. Stay tuned to my blog posts for more updates.
While fall is my favourite time at Dartmouth, I decided to spend this term abroad studying at the University of Edinburgh's New College School of Divinity. I will be taking three classes and spending my extra time exploring Europe!
Five Things to Look Forward to During Spring Term
With many of my friends back from their off-terms, I am excited for the many different events happening at Dartmouth this term. Here the five things I look forward to most each spring!
- No. 1
Green Key is an annual program that is sponsored by the Collis Centre for Student Involvement. Each year, Green Key weekend hosts a variety of different live music performances, free food, and student music groups. Hosted in late May, Green Key is a great way to spend some time outside, meeting new people around campus. I always look forward to Green Key because I love live music. A few years ago, Dartmouth hosted "Dan and Shay", who is now one of my favourite country groups!
- No. 2
The Opening of IC4U
After being closed for the winter season, Dartmouth student's beloved ice cream shop, Ice Cream Fore-U (popularly known as IC4U) reopens for the warmer months. With more soft-serve and hard-ice cream flavours to count, IC4U is one of the best places to hang out in the spring. Additionally, many students enjoy a round of mini-golf before having some ice cream.
- No. 3
Spring Football Game
Each spring, the football team hosts an inter-squad scrimmage that is open to the public. The spring game is an opportunity to spend some time outside supporting some Big Green athletes. There are many other spring team sports that compete outside as well. These teams include Track and Field, Softball, Baseball, and Soccer, to name a few. It is always a great opportunity to take a study break and attend these games on campus with some friends.
Dartmouth In A Few Words
At the beginning of the term, all of us bloggers gathered together to share a meal and catch up on our current writing and work ideas. One of the brainstorming activities we did involved compiling a list of words that encapsulated Dartmouth to us.
- No. 1
I spend most of my year at Dartmouth. It hasn't become my "home away from home", it has become my home.
- No. 2
The people I have met at Dartmouth aren't only my family, but Dartmouth is a place that I love my family to visit and experience with me.
- No. 3
Academically, personally, socially and athletically, I am challenged everyday to become a better version of myself.
A Day in the Life of 19W
As we settle into 19W, I wanted to share what a typical day looks like for me.
- No. 1
My day usually begins around 7:30 AM when I get up and ready for class. Because I live off-campus, I usually eat breakfast at home. Most recently, I've enjoyed making over-night oatmeal and brewing a quick cup of coffee before walking to my first class. I am usually out the door by 8:30.
- No. 2
First Class: Geography
My first class starts at 8:50AM. This is geography class called "Geovisualization", where we learn how to create maps on a computer software. I am taking this class to satisfy one of my liberal arts degree requirements. I really enjoy this class as we have a lot of time to create and explore computer software independently. I think that one of the most special things about Dartmouth is the ability to take classes outside of your major. If it wasn't for Dartmouth's liberal arts program, I never would have thought to take a geography class!
- No. 3
After geography ends at 10 AM, I have a little break before my next class at 11:30. I usually try to grab lunch at the Courtyard Cafe, one of Dartmouth's three main dining halls. Here, I am able to catch up on some homework and start my readings for future classes. Sometimes, I'll meet up with some friends and spend some time socializing.
One of my favourite parts about being a student at Dartmouth is the D-Plan.
- No. 1
FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp...whatever is your favourite platform for video calling is! Not only do my friends and I use FaceTime to catch up with each other's lives, video-calling enables us to give each other tours of our new apartments, cities, work spaces and vacations. It helps me understand what my friends are experiencing during the term when I have a visual understanding of where they are living, working and spending their time.
- No. 2
Group messages and SnapChat are our favourite ways to share incredible photos of people and places we meet and see while away from campus. Start a tradition with your friend group that encourages everyone to share their favourite picture they took each day (or week) with each other and explain why it meant so much to them.
- No. 3
One of my favourite things to do with my best friend when at Dartmouth is listen to new music together. While doing homework or getting ready to go out for dinner, we will always have new tunes playing in the background. One way we have continued this tradition while being apart for the next two terms is by creating a shared playlist on Spotify. This allows us to add new songs that we discover to a collaborative playlist and listen no matter how far apart we are.
Yes, I'm Still in School
Admist the incredible adventure that is studying abroad, it is sometimes hard to remember that I still am taking a full course load.
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Religion and the Rise of Capitalism
This is my class that is taught by Professor Singh. We meet once a week for three hours and during this time we participate in student-led discussions about our readings and lecture content. Our main topic of discussion revolves around the two broad ideas of "religion" and "capitalism." We are learning about if, and how, these ideas have affected each other in the development of the Western world. I really like this class because it is again showing me how incredibly vast the field of religion is and that when studying religion, I also learn about government, history, and economics.
- No. 2
Field-Work in the Study of Religion
Ok...so this class is so neat! For the first four weeks of the semester, we meet for a lecture from our professor about conducting field-work. The last 6 weeks of the semester allow for us to conduct field-work in a place of worship in Edinburgh. Through observation, interviews and participation, we will create a final project (that will also act as our final exam!) to present to the rest of our class. I elected to take this course because I thought it would be a great way to explore and learn more about the city of Edinburgh and the people who live here.
- No. 3
Continental Europe: Reformations
During sophomore fall, I took a class called "Protestant Reformations" and absolutely loved it. When I saw that I was able to take another class on the Reformation, I jumped on the opportunity. This is another discussion-based class, and I really enjoyed learning from my peers. We are tracing the origins of the Reformation in Europe through its development. In this class we are writing one major paper and will have a final exam. Two other Dartmouth students are taking this class with me as well.