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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.
ROTC at Dartmouth
This summer, I am living off campus and have a new roommate, Casey. Casey and I met through mutual friends when she was visiting campus during her off term in the winter.
Women of Dartmouth
The history of women at Dartmouth is surprisingly very recent as the College only began to admit female students in the fall of 1972. In the 46 years since, women have become a defining aspect of the Dartmouth community.
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Our Academic Programs
In 2016, our engineering school made history by graduating a class that was 52% female. This beat out the national average by 33% and is an oustanding feat for a College who, 44 years earlier, didn't even have any female students. Dartmouth's liberal arts program allows students to discover their academic interests by encouraging them to explore a plethora of feilds. Every day, I am inspired by the incredible female faculty at Dartmouth, many who are leaders in feilds that are often categorized as male dominant.
Another incredible opportunity at Dartmouth is taking a class in our Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies department. It is fascinating to learn about gender equality, not only on our campus, but nationally and internationally.
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Women of Dartmouth Alumni Network
After you graduate, your connection to your female peers does not end. "Women of Dartmouth" is a program run by the alumni office that encourages connection and collaboration between alumnae. There are nine geographical "communities," eight throughout the United States and one abroad in London. These groups host monthly events and act as a way for Dartmouth's alumnae to connect professionally and personally.
Because of my internship at the alumni office (see my last blog post for more info!), I was actually able to attend the Women of Dartmouth Upper Valley Club's one-year anniversary party. The Decibelles, Dartmouth's oldest all-female acapella group, even performed at the event! I was blown away by the number of outstanding women who attended Dartmouth and still live in the Hanover area. I was inspired by their dedication to not only to the College, but to the female students and even further, female empowerment in higher education.
While I love being a student at Dartmouth, programs like Women of Dartmouth make me even more excited to be an alumnae.
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While Greek life at Dartmouth is not mandatory, it has provided me with an incredible network of women on campus and around the world. My decision to rush was motivated by a want to meet more women on Dartmouth's campus. What I discovered was that through my Greek organization, I was introduced to empowered women not only at Dartmouth, but internationally. My older sisters on campus have tutored me, driven me to appointments, helped me pack for break and most importantly, provided endless love and support.
One of the most inspiring things for me, is seeing sororities on campus come together to raise awareness for specific events and causes. This summer, Greek houses across campus are taking part in the annual Prouty, a multi-day bike, run and walk that raises money for our local hospital's cancer centre.
Why I Love Being a Religion Major
When I started my freshman fall, I was completely sure that I was going to be an engineering major.
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The Study Aborad Program
The Religion department study abroad program is at the University of Edinburgh, one of the oldest schools in the world! I am super excited to be attending the program this fall (check back in from September-December to hear about my adventures abroad) because I have heard great things. We are planning on having classes for three days of the week, which leave plenty of time to explore other programs the University has to offer and travel around Europe!
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Small Class Sizes
I have taken four religion classes and the largest class has been twenty people. Like most class sizes at Dartmouth, this allows for plenty of interaction with your peers and professors. Having the opportunity to engage critically with what you are learning through discussion has been incredibly beneficial to my learning.
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Learning About Different World Views
I believe that the Religion department is the epitome of the liberal arts. I have the opportunity to take religion classes that are focused on money, the presidency and women in government. Subsequently, not only do I learn about religions that are different from mine, but political views and histories that are different than the ones I have been exposed to.
Our Beautiful Campus
Everyday I am struck with the incredible beauty of our campus, Hanover, and the Upper Valley. I thought that I would share my favourite photos from my most recent adventures.
Why We Rushed
This week, I asked some of my sisters of Alpha Phi why they decided to rush and join Greek life at Dartmouth...
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I didn't feel like I was connecting with people on campus at first, and wanted to try to meet people who I would fit in with. I was seriously considering transferring before rush and then after joining a sorority, I fell in love with Dartmouth and found people I just clicked with. -Jaclyn '19
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I rushed because I wanted to meet empowered upper class women and make new friends. It is a really great way to just get to know other women and get a better idea of who you are and your interests by what sticks out to you in the houses that you visit! -Julia '20
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Being a varisty athlete, I spend a lot of time with my teammates. As much as I love competing and being with them, joining a sorority presented an opportunity for me to expand my social circle and my support network. I love to have another outlet and group of people that support me on and off the field, and a lot of my sisters will come to my games. -Selena '20
Reasons Dartmouth Feels Like Home
Starting college can be a scary event -- especially if you are moving away from home. Here's a list of some of the reasons why Dartmouth now feels like home to me.
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My friends are so important to me! I have met the most incredible people since coming to Dartmouth and am so grateful to have created relationships that I know will last a lifetime. We have gone to football games at Fenway Park, concerts in New Hampshire, and explored the Upper Valley together.
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My room is my little home away from home! I have my room decorated and organized to remind me of my room at home. I like to spend time doing my homework, hanging out with my friends and relaxing in my room.
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There's nothing like a home-cooked meal and even though our dining halls have great food, I do miss eating dinners with my family. One of my favourite dinners to have at school is Collis. Their pasta bar reminds me of the dinners my family often makes at home.
This past evening, I had the opportunity to attend a panel hosted by the Center for Professional Development. The CPD, as it is more commonly known, works with students and young alumni to develope their career and professional plans.