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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.
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!
Welcome to Edinburgh
It's officially been two weeks since I packed up and flew across the ocean to begin my study abroad program at the University of Edinburgh. Studying abroad has been on my college to-do list since high school.
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My study abroad program is located in Edinburgh, Scotland. As the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a hub of heritage and culture. Geographically, the city is split into the Old Town, which is the medieval area (where I live), and the New Town, which was built in the Georgian style. Looming over the city at one end is Edinburgh Castle, where Scotland's crown jewels are housed, and at the other end is Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano! It's not only easy to travel around Edinburgh, thanks to the elaborate bus system, but very easy to travel around Scotland, thanks to the frequent train service in the center of town.
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It rains in Edinburgh. A LOT. Almost every day, we experience rain in some capacity. In my two short weeks here, I have experienced everything from downpours to misty rain while the sun is shining. Regardless of how cliché it sounds, you get used to the rain and the rain does not stop the city's flow of life! When I am walking around town, I make sure to always carry my umbrella. I also packed my rubber boots for the days when I know it will be raining alot.
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Going into this program, I really didn't know what to expect from my accomodation. Let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised! While many of Dartmouth's study abroad programs include a homestay with a host family, for my program, we stay in dorms. The Univeristy of Edinburgh has multiple dormitories throught the whole city and you submit your top five choices and will be assigned to one of them. I was assigned to a dorm that is in the heart of Old Town and a seven minute walk to my classroom! It's a flat-style dorm meaning that I live in an apartment with four other girls. We all have our own rooms and then share two full bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen.
How I Chose My Study Abroad Program
Hello from Edinburgh, Scotland where I am settling into my apartment and exploring the city in preparation for my study abroad term! I will be spending this term (18F) studying at the University of Edinburgh's New College School of Divinity.
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Dartmouth offers three different types of study abroad programs: language study abroad programs (LSA), foreign study programs (FSP), and exchanges. Language study abroad programs mean that you take courses learning a specific language, with emphasis on fulfilling your dartmouth language requirement. The program offered in Edinburgh is classified as a FSP, this means that you take classes in a specific subject area, not language. When I started looking into the Religion FSP, I learned that all three courses that I would take abroad would satisfy requirements for my major. Not only do I get to study at one of the top universities in the world, the credits help work towards my greater academic plan.
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When I decided to study abroad, I knew that I wanted to choose a location that would allow me to travel and explore other places. While academics are our first priorirty, a different class schedule allows for extended weekends and more class field trips. Choosing to study in Scotland not only means that it is easy to travel to other places in the United Kingdom, but also relatively short flights to main land Europe. Some of the places I would like to visit aside from Scotland are: Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Poland and Sweden!
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Growing up, family history has always been an important part of my life. My dad's family is orginally from Scotland and I thought it would be really cool if I could return to a place that has so much meaning to my family. My dad is planning to visit during the term, and we are going to spend some time in the town where we are from. I think there is something quite special about being in the place that my family called home for so many years.
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 Abroad 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.