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.
Though this was my first "foundation" course in the Biology department and I still found it challenging, I really enjoyed learning the material and found it all super exciting! We learned about DNA replication, mRNA transcription and protein translation, genetics, and had the opportunity to do a literature review at the end of the term.
The dreaded Organic Chemistry sequence of my pre-med track came upon me faster than I thought it would, but it surprised me by being one of my favorite classes to date! I found it intellectually interesting (even though it was time-consuming), probably because I treated it like a STEM-and-logic puzzle instead of pure STEM or pure memorization. Am I great at it? Not necessarily. Do I remember everything I've learned? I'm not too sure! Am I mentally ready for Organic Chemistry 2 next term? Not at all! But I had a lot of fun doing this class and surprised even myself with how I tackled it.
Which religious services are offered at Dartmouth? Is there a church or chapel or any other social group to feel connected to your faith?
Students can choose to partake in school-organized services, events, or gatherings as well as external ministeries and Upper Valley communities.
The Tucker Center for Spiritual Life is where you can find virtually anything related to spirituality. The center itself offers pastoral counseling, programming, and other on-campus experiential learning opportunities for you to explore and question the role of faith in your life. I've gone to a bunch of events myself and always enjoy my time there! I've even written a post about the Tucker Center before, which you can check out here. The website itself is also a fantastic resource to see what and how various religions are represented at Dartmouth—each of the 5 major spiritual traditions (Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism) has a page for student/ school-connected groups and external places/events of worship. For example, looking through the Judaism page will give you links to Dartmouth College Hillel and Chabad at Dartmouth, as well as three external communities that co-exist with the Upper Valley. Going to the Islamic student page will direct you to the site for Dartmouth College's Muslim Student Association (Al-Nur), where you can find when Jummah takes place and how to get involved with the Dartmouth community. Another page can give you resources on how to find UV places of worship.
Since I'm a Christian, I've done a lot of digging on churches and know that there are a number of Christian churches in the area that students can attend on top of student groups and even intercollege ministries like Christian Union, Intervarsity, or Alabaster Group. In my freshman year, I've gone to a lot of Agape and Christian Union events and have made a ton of friends in the Christian community here at Dartmouth. Additionally, I've made so many friends and met so many people at the Tucker Center who have different religious worldviews and who willingly engage in humble, thoughtful, and even vulnerable conversation with me, a newcomer freshman! All in all, I've found great support groups, both in and outside of my religious network, that keep me accountable, help further me in my faith, and give me the space and time to think about spirituality in a busy lifestyle that doesn't necessarily seem conducive for spiritual inquiry.
So for all my '24s and future prospective students who are wondering how religion can fit into their life at Dartmouth, my advice is to not worry! There will be many opportunities during orientation week and beyond for you to get plugged in and to learn about everything. And if you find that there is something that isn't represented, you can also start that initative! Our religious landscape is always changing and there are funds and spaces for our campus to continually grow with our future classes. College is a great time for you to branch out and discover what you truly value in life, and there are definitely ways for you to explore that here at Dartmouth.
While touring schools the summer before my senior year, the freshmen I talked to gushed all about Dartmouth's collaborative atmosphere. Now as a current sophomore, I thought I'd share how students here genuinely want to help lift each other up!
As the end of my first term arrives, a retrospective, reflective kind of mood has got to me. One year ago, as I clicked submit on my Common App, I would never have imagined my freshman fall would have been like this.
One thing that many people contemplate before coming to college is whether they will perform to their expected standards, and in this blog post, I am going to share with you what helped me navigate my classes.