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FallHanover, NHFavorite Class: Writing 5: Food for Thought
This class is one of many foundational writing courses to help first-years acclimate to college-level writing. The central theme was the cultural and personal significance of food, which we explored through readings, guest speakers, and our own reflections. Another wonderful aspect of this course was how we were able to bond with our new classmates, through sharing our experiences with food and collaborating on peer editing.
WinterHanover, NHFavorite Class: Science Policy and Diplomacy
This class highlights the crucial connection between scientific researchers and the policymaking realm. Our professor, Melody Burkins, taught us various strategies to effectively communicate scientific knowledge, so that it can be applied in the formation of prescient policy. We also investigated how scientific collaboration can be a promising tool for diplomatic efforts.
SpringHanover, NHFavorite Class: Energy and the Environment
This class provided an excellent introduction to the role energy plays in our society and the critical challenges we face today. Prior to this class, I had never thought deeply about how energy is produced, delivered, and utilized around the world. I simply flicked on a light switch and assumed it would turn on. This class inspired me to delve more deeply into energy issues and pursue related internships.
SummerSantander, SpainFavorite Class: Spanish Language Study Abroad (LSA+)
With the flexibility offered by the D-Plan, I was able to study abroad my very first year in college! I spent the summer with a small cohort of Dartmouth students, taking classes at a local university and living with host families. Each weekend, we went on excursions to various sites in order to have an in-person experience of the topics we were learning about in class. Whether we were exploring prehistoric cave art, getting a private tour of the famous Prado Museum, gorging ourselves on traditional Basque cuisine, or even just playing volleyball on the beach after class, this immersive program elevated my language skills and enriched my cultural understanding.
FallHanover, NHFavorite Class: Indigenous Environmental Studies
This class is cross-listed between the Environmental Studies and Native American Studies departments. Through carefully selected readings, classroom conversations, and hearing from guest speakers, we explored environmental issues through the lens of indigenous studies. For our final project, my group created a mini documentary exploring indigeneity at Dartmouth. We interviewed indigenous students and faculty, who shared their reflections on the community they've found here and their vision for what the Native American Studies Department and Native American Program can look like in the future.
WinterSpringfield, MAFavorite Class: Internship at Eversource Energy
For my off-term, I interned at Eversource Energy, New England’s largest energy provider. I worked in the Distributed Generation team and helped to implement a new solar incentive program in Massachusetts. This internship not only gave me valuable experience working in an office setting, but also cemented my interest in pursuing a career in energy.
SpringHanover, NHFavorite Class: Introduction to UX/UI Design I
I came into this class with no digital design experience, but through hands-on projects and patient guidance from our instructors, I gained an understanding of the history, principles, tools, and practice of User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) Design. We took a field trip to Boston to visit three design firms, put together our own unique toolkit of resources, and learned how to work through the design process in order to deliver a tangible product to a client. After this class and the subsequent independent study in the Digital Applied Learning and Innovation (DALI) Lab, I now have an entire portfolio of designs and am working with other Dartmouth students to develop our own app!
SummerHanover, NHFavorite Class: Tango Argentino. Music, Dance, Poetry, Community
This class was an immersive experience in the history and cultural value of tango. We learned to dance tango through in-class workshops and evening sessions with community members, hosted by the Dartmouth Argentine Tango Society (DATS). We also danced with patients at DHMC with motor neuron degenerative diseases, for whom tango can be a helpful therapy. Our professor brought in a variety of talented guests, from the Latin Grammy winning ensemble, "Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet", to professional dancers who have competed at international tango competitions. Overall, I gained a deep appreciation of the origins and legacy of tango music, lyrics, and dance, and the sense community tango is able to create on every scale.
FallSouth Africa and NamibiaFavorite Class: Environmental Studies Foreign Study Program
Study abroad round 2! This program gave us hand-on experience doing field research in collaboration with community partners. Our overarching focus was the interaction between humans and the surrounding ecology–exploring natural resource management, ecotourism, and human-wildlife conflict in a variety of contexts. From the dunes of the Namib Desert, to game reserves in South Africa, we worked closely with inspiring local experts, saw stunning landscapes, and were immersed in an academic and personal growth experience.
WinterAuckland, New ZealandFavorite Class: Research Assistantship at the University of Auckland
For my off-term, I worked with a professor at the University of Auckland on her research on the intersection between gender, violence, and religion. Although I had minimal prior exposure to these disciplines, this experience helped me to further hone my research skills and broaden my academic perspective. In my spare time, I tried to see as much of the country as possible. I sailed around the Bay of Islands, hiked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (inspiration for Mt. Doom in Lord of the Rings!), and swam in natural hot springs in Taupo. None of that would have been possible without the generous support of The Dickey Center for International Understanding. Like many centers on campus, they offer guidance and funding for students pursuing off-term internships.
SpringZoom!Favorite Class: Todo Borges
With this class, I finished my Spanish minor! We delved deeply into poetry, short stories, and other writings by the Argentine author, Jorge Luis Borges. Guided by these texts, we had riveting conversations about the nature of time, memory, subjective realities, and much more. Our professor worked diligently to create a collaborative classroom environment that was as comparable as possible to in-person classes. At the beginning of some classes, students would recite a poem they had memorized, lead us in meditation, and one student even taught us a Bollywood dance routine with her mom! Our last class was a “Zoom party” where we introduced each other to our families and our pets. Overall, I was amazed at both the quality of the learning experience and how bonded I felt with my fellow classmates.
SummerZoom Round 2!Favorite Class: Senior Admissions Fellow
This summer, I have begun my role as a Senior Admissions Fellow in the Admissions Office. Although I'm disappointed that we cannot work together in-person, transitioning to a remote format presented us with an exciting opportunity to get creative with our programming and expand our reach. I am working on a variety of projects and this blog is one of them!
4 Things to Do in the Winter!
You may be wondering, how can I possibly stay entertained during the long, cold winters in Hanover? Read on to see my four favorite activities!
- No. 1
Get a lesson at the Dartmouth Skiway!
With Dartmouth's very own ski mountain a mere 20 minutes from campus, skiing is a fantastic way to spend the winter. Student day passes and rentals are heavily discounted, while private lessons are available for free as a PE credit. I was a ski instructor my freshman year and absolutely loved getting to teach fellow students and spend time at the moutnain. There is a bus that takes students to the Skiway every couple hours, so you can get there quite easily. If you'd prefer to go to a different mountain, Dartmouth students also get great discounts at many of the larger VT resorts and they are only about an hour away. Beyond that, the DOC Winter Sports Club offers backcountry trips for more experienced skiiers and has a closet of gear you can borrow for free. Nordic ski rentals are available through the DOC too, and the golf course is full of nicely groomed trails. Overall, skiing at Dartmouth is fun and accessible, no matter your ability level.
- No. 2
Go ice skating!
Although I could certainly be described as a Bambi on ice, getting out ice skating this winter has been a lovely way to enjoy the outdoors. This year, two ice rinks were built on the Green and in years past, Occom Pond was a common spot for ice hockey and figure skating. Another great skating spot is Lake Morey, which is not too far from campus and is a gorgeous 4 mile loop (seen in the photo above). Rentals are quite affordable and you can take your time skating laps around the lake!
- No. 3
Take a winter woccom!
A "woccom" (walk around Occom pond) is a wonderful way to unwind, no matter the season. In the winter, if you dress warmly, a long stroll around Occom and even into Pine Park is a perfect way to get some fresh air, catch up with a friend, and enjoy the natural beauty of Hanover.
A Cultural and Political Hub in the Middle of the Woods!
Hanover may be in a rural location, but we are far from isolated. In the summer of 2019, my close friends were able to shake hands with President Joe Biden and take selfies with Vice President Kamala Harris.
How do I determine "fit" without being able to visit?
The college search is a daunting process. Where does one even begin? How does one navigate this sea of webinars, virtual tours, and student panels? Read on for some tips!
Alumni Interviews: Q&A with a Dartmouth Admissions Officer!
I sat down with Ali Duke, Assistant Director of Admissions, to ask her some questions about the alumni interview process at Dartmouth. Read on to learn more!
The Dartmouth Alumni Network & Big Green's Impact on a Green Future
My experiences this past week perfectly exemplify the strength and dedication of our alumni network and Dartmouth's level of involvement in the energy and environmental sectors.
What I Miss Most about DDS
Being gone from campus for a full year and now living off-campus, I am currently feeling some serious nostalgia for delicious food and amazing staff of Dartmouth Dining Services (DDS).
- No. 1
The Class of 1953 Commons, affectionately known as “Foco” (short for food court), is the main all-you-can-eat dining hall on campus. This wouldn’t be a post about food at Dartmouth if I failed to mention the infamous Foco cookie. Foco has perfected the art of the chocolate chip cookie–think crispy around the outside, soft and gooey middle, and an abundance of melty chocolate chunks. There seems to be a never ending stream coming out of the oven–and there has to be. They disappear as quickly as they come out. One of my favorite “hacks” is to scoop some ice cream into a mug and stick a warm cookie on top, so the ice cream gets all melty and you’re left with a mug of deliciousness.
- No. 2
Early Mornings in Foco
Generally, the Collis Student Center is known as the place to go for a quick breakfast. Collis is a bustling scene in the morning hours, as students weave in and out of lines, grabbing custom smoothies, coffee, pastries, and made-to-order eggs. While I appreciate the efficiency of a quick Collis breakfast, Foco is an underrated breakfast spot. If I have some extra time in the morning, or maybe an assignment to finish up before class, I’ll find a little nook and camp out with my custom omelet and everything bagel (Goose & Willie’s bagels are the best!!). I enjoy taking my time with breakfast and feeling the stillness of the early morning, before the start of a packed Dartmouth day.
- No. 3
Collis Pasta Line
Apart from breakfast, Collis is also known for more a-la-carte dinners, like sushi, stir-fry, and soups. The big dinner surge is around 6pm, and a line always forms for the pasta station. While waiting in line, you’re guaranteed to run into someone you know...whether it’s an old freshman floormate, or a partner for a group project in your class last term, I really miss the random encounters in Collis. It’s a simple, but strong reminder of one of the biggest things I love about Dartmouth–the bonds you form, however seemingly insignificant, are lasting.
Getting Settled into Life at Dartmouth - Advice for First Years!
Dartmouth students are known for their ability to juggle hectic schedules....from fast-paced courses, to extracurriculars and job commitments...how is one possibly supposed to manage it all? Here are some tips for settling into life at Dartmouth!
- No. 1
Getting involved in extracurricular organizations is a great way to make connections with people across campus. There’s clubs for nearly every possible interest out there and if one that you’re looking for doesn’t exist, you can easily create your own! Continue with older interests, explore new ones, BUT don’t think you need to join a bunch of random clubs to fluff up your resume. In reality, engaged, sustained involvement with a group you’re passionate about–whether it’s singing, farming, or real estate–will be much more rewarding in the long term.
- No. 2
Get a breather!
Even if it doesn't seem productive, sometimes you just need to take a breather. During finals week one term, a professor told my class: “The less you think you can afford a break, the more you need one.” Take a walk around Occom Pond, get a socially distant lunch on the Green, or call up a friend from home. Also, take time to reflect and journal...I’d highly recommend 'One Line a Day' which is a five year journal where there’s only enough room to write a few lines. You could summarize your day, write something you’re grateful for, or jot down a new fact you learned–it’s totally up to you! I started mine in January of my first year at Dartmouth and have been writing in it every single day since then. It’s great to be able to look back and see the ways in which life has shifted over the course of college.
- No. 3
Use a physical or online calendar to keep track of class times, upcoming assignments, club meetings, and other items on your agenda. I’ve found it helpful to have everything in one place and visualize what my schedule looks like in the coming week. If you’re especially organized, you could even include things like exercise or time with friends, to ensure that you’re building time for those things into your day.