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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: 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!
Just Keep SwimmingHanover and the Upper Valley boast incredible lush landscapes and by the end of spring term, most of the trees and flowers are in full bloom.
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Ledyard Canoe Club and Swimming Docks
At the Ledyard Canoe Club, students are able to rent canoes and kayaks to spend lazy hours out on the Connecticut River. Students can also elect canoeing and kayaking classes that serve to fulfill the Physical Education requirement. If water activities aren't your favorite, the club has a number of hammocks and lounge chairs set up on the shore, so you can relax and maybe even open a new book!
A little further down the College officially operates Swimming Docks. During the summer term, these docks are patrolled by lifeguards and are a popular place to cool off during hot summer days.
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Located on the southern edge of Hanover, Mink Brook Nature Preserve is a 112-acre tract of land that serves to protect the habitat of trout, bears and other wildlife. However, if you follow the Mink Brook trail out from the south-west end of Maple Street, it will bring you to a large, open expanse of the Connecticut River. Here, students can swim and use the famed rope swing that has been hanging from a large tree for years. There are beautiful views of the treed shoreline of the River.
This swimming hole is not patrolled by life guards and students must exercise caution while swimming alone!
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While located a short 5-minute drive off-campus, Wilson's Landing is one of Dartmouth student's favorite places to swim. Constructed as a public dock where locals can launch their boats, there are a number of picnic tables and parking spaces on shore. While students must be aware of boat traffic in this part of the Connecticut River, from Wilson's Landing you can see right across the river to Vermont.
This is one of my favorite places to go after a long day of classes and homework because it is usually less crowded than the swimming spots of campus. Removed from the busy everyday life of campus, Wilson's Landing acts as my personal retreat and escape.
Where to Live: Housing Options at DartmouthWhile the majority of students elect to live in on-campus dormitories, there are a few different options that some students decide to pursue.
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Living Learning Communities
While still located in a dorm building, Living Learning Communities offer students an opportunity to further connect with the people they live with. Living Learning Communities (more popularly known as "LLCs") offer students the opportunity to extend their learning outside of the classroom, specifically promoting learning opportunities among residence halls. There are a number of different communities on campus, ranging from language based communities that encourage residents to practice their spoken language skills, to other communities such as the Interfaith Floor where residents meet for a weekly dinner discussion about religion. Living Learning Communities are a great housing option for students who are wanting to fully immerse themselves in their learning environment.
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Greek Life Housing
Affiliated students can opt to live in their Greek house starting their sophomore winter. Specifically, many affiliated students will live in their Greek houses during sophomore summer or senior year. This is a great opportunity to become closer with other members of your fraternity or sorority! The majority of Greek houses are organized through Dartmouth's housing department, making it an easy application and transition.
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Another popular housing option are Dartmouth's Senior Apartments. During senior year, members of any housing community can apply to live together in a school-owned apartment. There are apartments located on the east and west sides of campus. These apartments are majority three or four-person units with a bathroom and a living room and kitchen. This is a great option if students are interested in cooking some of their own meals or want to live with friends who are in different housing communities.
What We Love MostWhether it's supporting each other in intramural sports games or attending a fellow student's thesis presentation, Dartmouth provides many different opportunities that foster community growth.
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"I feel a sense of community"
Donovan '21 talked to me about how he feels a sense of community on Dartmouth's campus. Whether it's supporting each other in intramural sports games or attending a fellow student's thesis presentation, Dartmouth provides many different opportunities that foster community growth. One of the most recent additions to Dartmouth's efforts is the housing communities. You can read more about the housing communities here.
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"Diversity among the student body"
Abby '22 commented about the incredible people she has met during here first year here at Dartmouth. Dartmouth students hail from all corners of the United States and represent many different countries around the world. Integration of different cultures is important in Dartmouth culture and students have the ability to learn about other cultures, especially through different clubs.
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"Students are passionate about all aspects of their lives"
Kate '21 has found her fellow students to be passionate about all different aspects of their lives. From academics to professional opportunities to extracurriculars, Kate told me that she is inspired by the work ethic and dedication of the student body. She thinks this stems from the supportive staff members at the College. Students are encouraged to create long-lasting relationships with their professors and mentors. There are also programs in place to assist with these relationships, such as the "Take a Faculty to Lunch" program run every term.
Five Things to Look Forward to During Spring TermWith 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!
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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!
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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.
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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 WordsAt 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.
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I spend most of my year at Dartmouth. It hasn't become my "home away from home", it has become my home.
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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.
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Academically, personally, socially and athletically, I am challenged everyday to become a better version of myself.
A Day in the Life of 19WAs we settle into 19W, I wanted to share what a typical day looks like for me.
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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.
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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!
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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.