Hello there, friend! My name is Love and I am a '23. Aside from being on the pre-med track, I'm currently interested in studying math and public policy. I have a penchant for old things, learning languages, and the arts. I also love personality tests, irrespective of their actual validity—in case you're curious, I'm an INFJ, Scorpio, dragon, and type 2.
BIOL 11.07 (Major Events in the History of Life and the Human Genome) is a very unique class. We learn topics such as oxidative phosphorylation in conjunction with evolution and paleontology. In other words, where and when did ETC come from, and how can we support our hypothesis? Though not an easy class by far, every day the material I learn amazes me with the wonder of life, which is how biology should be!
MES 7.03 (Jerusalem: Vision and Reality) was my First-Year Seminar and such an interesting class to take! We explored Jerusalem through three main viewpoints (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). The class had a bit of religion, literature, anthropology, sociology, and even geography—all things I love to study but don't necessarily have the space for with our three-class quarters. I often found myself going to office hours just to talk with my professor about questions I had outside of the reading!
COSC 10 (Problem Solving with Object-Oriented Programming) is a data structures course and the last pre-requisite for the computer science major. Though I added it as a fourth class on a whim because of COVID-19 and remote learning, it quickly became my favorite class this term because I loved the problem solving that CS has to offer. It is a difficult class but the emotional and academic rewards make it all worth it!
What do you like about the D-Plan? What are the traits/goals of someone who would likely benefit from it?
Though I'm just a freshman, being able to schedule my own college experience has given me a lot of freedom as I look to the next four years.
A D-Plan allows you to have more flexibility within your college career. If you want to avoid Hanover winters, you can do that your sophomore and junior year! If there are certain internships or programs that are not available in the summer, you can take off any other quarter and thus have access to a wider variety of opportunities (not to mention that you would be competing against fewer people for the same number of spots). Want to do something in government and work for a candidate during election season? You can! If you are pre-med and not aiming to do a gap year, you can take spring and summer off your junior year and study for the MCAT without the additional stress of academic coursework. The possibilities are endless and the D-Plan is easily adaptable to best suit most hypothetical needs.
Dartmouth's D-Plan basically means that you have to have 3 off-terms (normally "summers") and 12 on-terms—you can even stack your three off-terms together to take a gap year in the middle of your Dartmouth education and still graduate on time. How people take advantage of this quarter-system is completely up to them and you are still able to do a traditional fall-winter-spring all four years if you so choose. In this way, more conventionally-minded along with more creative people can benefit from the D-Plan system, although I would say that the person who could make the most of it would be someone who has precise and concrete ideas for how they want to structure their time away from college.
Does anyone want to take an off-term to go see the Aurora Borealis?
Read all about my course selection for freshman fall! In order to mask my panic at the idea of it already being week 7 and having to once again choose classes, I decided to reflect on the classes I chose this term.
Now that we're all champing at the bit for the end of term, it's become coy and fleeting, tiptoeing further out of sight with each new assignment. And somewhere in waiting-for-finals I've found myself growing a little weary.