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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 took three classes and spent my extra time exploring Europe!
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: GEOG 54: Geovisualization
This term I am back home in Hanover! I will be taking four classes and competing for the Dartmouth track and field team. I look forward to the beautiful Hanover winter scenery and spending some time skiing on the slopes.
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: ENGL 55.12: Dartmouth Fictions
Spring term means the start of outdoor track and field for my team and a number of fun outdoor activities! Follow along as I take three interdisciplinary classes and continue exploring the beautiful Upper Valley.
This summer I am stepping into my new role as a Senior Fellow here at the Admissions Office. Each day, I get to speak with prospective students and their families about Dartmouth College. Don't worry though, I'll still be blogging!
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: REL 62: Religion, Politics and the Presidency
I can't believe that I am starting my senior year here at the College! The past three years have flown by, and I'm so excited for my last full year on campus. Fall is my favorite time of year - I'll spend this term taking three classes, training for track and field, and spending as much time outside as possible. From coding in the humanities to the religion of Ancient Egypt, I'm looking forward to sharing my academic and extracurricular adventures with you this term!
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: WRIT 80: Independent Research
It's my last winter in Hanover and I can't believe it! I am taking three classes that are all related to my major, and competing in the indoor track and field season. This term I am most excited about my independent research where I am looking at religious sentiment in texts from the English Reformation. I'm hoping to spend some free days skiing and exploring this beautiful winter wonderland.
Working Part-Time in CollegeA question that we're often asked in the Admissions Office is whether it's possible to work a job while going to school here. The answer is yes! Here are some ways to learn more about employment on campus.
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Jobnet is an on-campus job listing portal available to Dartmouth students. After logging in with your student ID and password, you can filter and refine your job search. You are able to search by term and department. Job listings on this portal are updated almost daily. Each job listing will include a job description, contact information and instructions on how to apply. You can apply to many of the jobs by just emailing your resume and a cover letter! Most of the jobs on Jobnet are available to all students and are paid by Dartmouth College. I found my original blogger position on Jobnet!
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Many local employers will look to hire Dartmouth students during the academic year. These employers contact the Student Employment Office to post job openings. Students can opt-in to receive emails when these jobs are posted. Some opportunities include working in retail downtown Hanover, house or baby-sitting, or data-entry, to name a few. Working an off-campus job allows students to meet and interact with many different members of the Upper Valley community.
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Dartmouth offeres a plethora of different research opportunities. From research grants, to paid research with faculty, to outside funding, there are many different ways to make money while learning more about your field of interest. The Undergraduate Advising and Research office (known as "UGAR" for short) is a resource to help students identify research opportunities and apply to them. Many students will opt to assist a faculty member with a research project. Using an internal research database, students can locate faculty members and reach out to them about joining their team. Students may then apply for funding through UGAR! Research is a great way to make some extra money while in school (or even during an off-term!) while adding work experience to your resume!
Some of my Favorite Memories
One term down, two to go! It's unbelievable to me that I only have two terms left here at Dartmouth before graduation!
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My term studying abroad at the New College Divinity School at the University of Edinburgh was an awesome time during my college life. I attend the Religion department’s foreign study program where I took two classes taught by faculty at the University of Edinburgh and one class taught by a Dartmouth professor who accompanied our trip. With plenty of free time, I was able to explore and learn about Edinburgh and its history. I spent weekends travelling around Europe and most importantly, I was able to become familiar with living and being on my own.
I learned a lot about myself during my time abroad. (Feel free to check out some of the blogs I wrote about being abroad here and here).If studying abroad is something you might be interested in, I would recommend putting some thought into what country you would like to be living in, and what type of program you would like to go on.
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Being a Varsity Athlete
Being a varsity athlete has been one of the most challenging, tiring, exciting and most rewarding experiences of my life. As a member of the track and field team, I am surrounded by some of the most hard-working and dedicated people I have ever met. My teammates have become my best friends (and even my roommates)! We practice almost every day of the school year and have made the best memories during our times together. While we haven't had a meet yet this year, I will never forget the long bus rides to and from competitions, our daily practices and team dinners at Foco. From home meets at Leverone Field house to the Ivy League championship, the people I’ve met and the experience of being pushed athletically by the people around me has been irreplaceable.
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Joining a Sorority
Coming to Dartmouth, I wasn't sure I wanted to rush a sorority. Greek life is not as popular in Canada (where I am from) and I didn't know many people who had bee involved in the process. I took a jump during sophomore fall when some of my other close friends told me they were going to rush. It turned out being one of the best decisions of my college time, and I haven't looked back. I have met life long friends, the most talented and inspirational sisters, and have a network of women around the globe.
A few months ago, I wrote a blog post about why some of my sisters decided to rush. I love that many women decide to join a sorority for different reasons, and that contributes to the uniqueness and diversity of our Greek system at Dartmouth. Being a member of Greek life has introduced me to people I never would have met if I didn't rush, not only in my sorority, but across campus!
Cool Classes: Religion, Politics and the PresidencyIn this class, we've learned about the history of the United States of America, the presidency, and how religion has potentially affected both of those things.
Fall Bucket ListFall is one of the best times to visit Dartmouth, and coincidentally, one of the most popular. If you happen to be visiting Dartmouth this fall, here is a list of some off-campus activities you need to experience!
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Pick Apples and Pumpkins at Riverview Farm
Riverview Farm is a popular location for Dartmouth students to escape and enjoy (even more) nature. Located on the bank of the Connecticut River, Riverview Farm is known for its pumpkin patch and apple orchard during the fall season. Last Wednesday, fellow blogger Catherine and I took the afternoon off to explore Riverview Farm. We picked the perfect pumpkin, spent time exploring the apple orchard and ended the afternoon with a cup of homemade, hot apple cider. It was the perfect fall day and I can’t recommend this little adventure enough! To read more about our trip to Riverview Farm, make sure you check out Catherine’s blog post!
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Gile Fire Tower
Hiking is a popular activity in the Upper Valley regardless of the season. Fall, however, may be the best time to take in the views of the New Hampshire. The trees and changing foliage are beautiful from the ground, but even more beautiful from above the tree line. One of my favourite hikes is the Gile Fire Tower Hike. The trail head is a short 20-minute drive from campus, through the quaint town of Norwich, Vermont (just across the Connecticut River)! It's a short 30-minute walk to the base of the fire tower and then a climb to the top of the tower. The climb up the tower brings you above the tree line and offers incredible views of the surrounding areas. If you're scared of heights, however, this may not be the best hike for you.
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Brunch at King Arthur Flour
King Arthur Flour is also located just across the Connecticut River in Norwich, Vermont! Affectionately known as "Big KAF" (there's a smaller King Arthur Flour at the Baker Library), a trip to this location is a great way to get off-campus. I love heading to KAF to do homework or to catch up with friends on the weekend. My favourite thing to order is a glass of their locally-sourced chocolate milk or a maple latte.
Last First Day of School!Hello Hanover! After a month of summer vacation spending time with my family, I'm back on campus to start senior year. It seems like just yesterday I was starting my first day of college ever!
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ENGL 64.05: Cultural Analytics
This English class qualifies as a Quantitative and Deductive Sciences distributive class needed for our graduation requirement! While I’ve already completed my QDS “distrib,” I thought this class would be a great balance in my usual reading-heavy schedule. Using statistics and data analysis methods, we are going to examine “data in texts and text as data.” On the first day of class, our professor explained this class as coding in the humanities. We will be working with Python to complete two major projects over the course of the term. I’m excited for this class because it is a hands on, interactive class. My best friend and I decided to take this class together because of the transferable skills we will learn and can put on our resume!
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REL 55: Ancient Egyptian Religions
One of the last requirements for my Religion major, this Non-Western distributive class is exploring the society, culture and religious practices of Ancient Egypt. I was so pumped for this class to start because I’ve always been interested in mummies and pyramids. Learning about Ancient Egyptian customs in relation to religion will be a really cool part of my major! Additionally, we will spend considerable time at the newly renovated Hood Museum looking at artifacts and art from this time period. Our final paper requires us to study one of these objects in depth to analyze its history and importance (if any) in Ancient Egyptian religion.
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REL 62: Religion, Politics and the Presidency
Last but not least, REL 62 is a class I am taking for personal interest. This class is offered once every four years, coinciding with the presidential election campaigns and election. We will spend time learning about the role religion has played in previous presidencies, and then turn our focus to today’s current political climate. By attending political rallies and following current events, we will each track a presidential candidate to learn if religion is something that plays a role in their campaign. As a Canadian citizen, I think this class will be a great way to learn more about American politics in relation to my area of study, as well as stay up to date with the news and political happenings.