Julianna's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
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!
D-Plan FriendshipsOne of my favourite parts about being a student at Dartmouth is the D-Plan.
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FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp...whatever is your favourite platform for video calling is! Not only do my friends and I use FaceTime to catch up with each other's lives, video-calling enables us to give each other tours of our new apartments, cities, work spaces and vacations. It helps me understand what my friends are experiencing during the term when I have a visual understanding of where they are living, working and spending their time.
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Group messages and SnapChat are our favourite ways to share incredible photos of people and places we meet and see while away from campus. Start a tradition with your friend group that encourages everyone to share their favourite picture they took each day (or week) with each other and explain why it meant so much to them.
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One of my favourite things to do with my best friend when at Dartmouth is listen to new music together. While doing homework or getting ready to go out for dinner, we will always have new tunes playing in the background. One way we have continued this tradition while being apart for the next two terms is by creating a shared playlist on Spotify. This allows us to add new songs that we discover to a collaborative playlist and listen no matter how far apart we are.
Yes, I'm Still in School
Admist the incredible adventure that is studying abroad, it is sometimes hard to remember that I still am taking a full course load.
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Religion and the Rise of Capitalism
This is my class that is taught by Professor Singh. We meet once a week for three hours and during this time we participate in student-led discussions about our readings and lecture content. Our main topic of discussion revolves around the two broad ideas of "religion" and "capitalism." We are learning about if, and how, these ideas have affected each other in the development of the Western world. I really like this class because it is again showing me how incredibly vast the field of religion is and that when studying religion, I also learn about government, history, and economics.
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Field-Work in the Study of Religion
Ok...so this class is so neat! For the first four weeks of the semester, we meet for a lecture from our professor about conducting field-work. The last 6 weeks of the semester allow for us to conduct field-work in a place of worship in Edinburgh. Through observation, interviews and participation, we will create a final project (that will also act as our final exam!) to present to the rest of our class. I elected to take this course because I thought it would be a great way to explore and learn more about the city of Edinburgh and the people who live here.
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Continental Europe: Reformations
During sophomore fall, I took a class called "Protestant Reformations" and absolutely loved it. When I saw that I was able to take another class on the Reformation, I jumped on the opportunity. This is another discussion-based class, and I really enjoyed learning from my peers. We are tracing the origins of the Reformation in Europe through its development. In this class we are writing one major paper and will have a final exam. Two other Dartmouth students are taking this class with me as well.
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.