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Hello everyone! Interested in what a day in the life looks like for a freshman at Dartmouth? Read on!


Rise and shine! Today is Wednesday, November 6th. On Wednesdays, I have two classes, as well as an x-hour for my third class. If you didn't know, x-hours are an extra hour of class that professors can use. Some courses never use them, other courses use them if class gets cancelled for some reason, and still others use every single hour.

McLaughlin is just a tad too far for my frequently-lazy self to drag myself to breakfast every morning, so I usually skip breakfast and spend two hours in the morning to myself with devotionals, some exercise, and any other work I still have to get done before the rest of the day officially starts.


My first class today is called QSS 15: Intro to Data Analysis. This course is certainly not the easiest statistics class (we have a couple options sprinkled throughout different departments) at Dartmouth, but I have learned so much about statistics and the math behind all of it, like t-tests and distributions. Professor Herron is an amazing professor who is super engaged with the class as well. We're having a pizza party at the end of the term where we present our final research projects to the rest of the class, which I am so excited for! My group is conducting a study on in-group bias and peer perception based on wealth.


Lunch at FoCo! This is a time I usually take to do some reading before my writing class at 12:50pm.
Time for lunch! I am usually starving by the time class ends, so I walk on over to FoCo (Class of '53 Commons, our buffet-style dining hall) to eat lunch and unwind before my next class. Sometimes I eat with friends, and other times I try to finish some work so I sneak up to the second floor of FoCo and put on some headphones. 



Another hour, another class. This term, I am taking Humanities 1 in place of Writing 5, one of the freshman requirements that Dartmouth students need to take in order to graduate. Today, we are meeting in seminars and ending our week-long discussion of Beloved by Toni Morrison.


I have some time to kill before my last class of the day, so I go back to my dorm, take a quick nap, and do some of the homework for my statistics class. I also review a couple of questions I had for my biology professor so I can take it to him during our x-hour. Learning to be productive in these small one-hour increments has been very important for me in managing my time and I think I'm finally getting the hang of it!


X-hour time! My Biology 11 class usually uses our x-hour to introduce problem-solving techniques that will be evaluated on during exams (such as constructing phylogenetic trees or differentiating gene duplication vs. speciation on cladograms), but since we have a quiz the next day, we spent this x-hour going over material and doing some practice problems. Biology 11 is definitely harder than I expected (some people have told me that upper-level courses were easier for them than this class!), but all the material is so interesting that I can't really complain or sulk too long before getting pulled back in.

Biol 11 X-Hour
We went over some practice problems in-class for our test the next day. Our professor actually has students submit these mock-questions for extra credit, and it is an interesting way to gauge what we know and what we don't!


Ujima tech: I am in a dance group on campus and we have our baby show tonight! The team went over to the fraternity to run logistics and spacing before the big event. Most student performance groups (dance, a capella, improv) perform in Greek houses, but there are also events where they can perform at cultural celebrations or at the Hopkins Center.


There's no rest for the weary. After tech rehearsal, I go back to my dorm to do some work and study for my exam tomorrow. I also have a problem set due in the morning, so I crank out as much of that as possible before starting on my makeup for the show. 


Ujima Baby Show Ad
Our theme for the show was Taste the Rainbow! On Wednesday, tropical colors graced Dartmouth's campus amidst all of the dark jackets that have begun popping up due to the bitter cold.
Showtime! The fraternity is completely packed and everyone is so excited to perform. Tonight, Ujima is performing a joint show with Dartmouth's African dance troupe, Soyeya, and I also see a lot of other directors and dance members from other groups. So many of my friends came to support me and I am so grateful for the communities that I've found at Dartmouth. Though it may seem cheesy, the people you find at Dartmouth are really what makes this school so special! My floormates came to see me, as did people from Agape (a Christian student organization) and friends I've made through other places on campus, such as in class, at the Tucker Center, or even just walking around.



Time for bed. Total disclaimer that I am not speaking for any Dartmouth student other than myself when I say that I go to bed between 11pm and midnight (I just don't get much done at night anyways). Because I have an exam tomorrow, after the show I get ready for bed in record-time and set an alarm for 7AM so that I can study some more and take on the next day with gusto. Sweet dreams!

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