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 2w1.
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!
This was one of four classes I took during fall term and it was super interesting! We learned about healthcare systems and innovations from around 4 guest lecturers per week, and were able to do research on our own and propose a new system at the end of the term. Students came from all over campus and the course was very enlightening for me in terms of understanding how care is dispensed in the U.S. and how we can improve 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?
Have you ever wondered what a Dartmouth freshman's course of study may look like? The beauty of the D-Plan is everyone can customize their own schedules, so this term I'm taking International Politics, Global Health & Society, and Expository Writing.
Professors at Dartmouth really love their discipline and want to share their knowledge with as many students as possible through a variety of resources. I'll walk you through some of the ways they do this while telling you about my classes this term.
Dartmouth's Center for Social Impact has several opportunities for students to be involved with the Upper Valley. This year, I have the privilege to be involved in Foundations, a first-year program, and can't wait for other opportunities!
While taking four classes at most other schools with semester-based calendars seems like a breeze, Dartmouth's unique D-Plan and quarter system make my efforts to take four classes this winter a bit more challenging.
DUJS is a great opportunity for students across campus to get together and discuss scientific thought and innovation, whether from psychology, astrophysics, or more social justice-oriented medical research.