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.
Pre-med, math with a minor in public policy
Favorite Thing Right Now
the food my mom made and froze for me before spring term
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.
I love dancing, story-telling, and learning about different cultures so I knew going into this course that I would enjoy it. Cross-listed in the theater and AAAS departments, this course let students have the privilege of working with Dance Theatre of Harlem members who were in Hanover for a summer residency. As a group, we analyzed a play ("The Purple Flower" by Marita Bonner) and transformed the text into a physical movement piece. Each student also had complete ownership of a personal final project, and I opted to do a self-choreographed dance. Overall, I loved getting the chance to work creatively in my academics this term and I also was able to broaden my perspective and knowledge of the African-American story in the process!
As a pre-med, I am constantly trying to learn more about the U.S medical system. This course was extremely engaging in all aspects, taking students through all of American history through the lens of healthcare within the span of 10 weeks. I particularly liked having a discussion session that replaced a lecture, since we were able to talk about the issues with the professor and think out loud about our readings. The course was definitely challenging and required a lot of synthesis across different time periods and topics, but I feel like I came out of it with a deeper and more profound understanding of our healthcare system and why it functions the way it does today.
For my junior winter, I did an internship in clinical research! With COVID affecting so much of my college experience, this practical, in-person work internship was very important for me to not only hone my employable skills but also see what having a 8am - 5pm job looks like and how it could fit into my future.
There are 5 primary places to eat on campus: FoCo, Collis, the Hop, Ramekin, and Novack. All menus can be found online at Dartmouth Dining!
FoCo (whose official name is Class of 1953 Commons) is the only all-you-can-eat / buffet-style dining hall on campus. The first floor is divided into the "light" and "dark" sides—the light side is a favorite for people grabbing a bite or groups of friends having Sunday brunch together whereas the dark side is most popularly known to be frequented by athletic teams after / before / in-between practices. Upstairs are more booths and quieter places to eat and relax. I love going there during the weekends to study for long periods of time! The food itself is diverse and constantly rotating. Stations include the vegetarian station, Kosher station, grill, pizza, salad bar, etc.
Collis is our student center, housing places such as One Wheelock (a basement-café with free coffee), many meeting rooms for student clubs, Collis Meeting Ground, and Collis Market. It also has Collis Café, which serves smoothies, acai bowls, salads, stir-fry, soups, omelets, late night junk food, and various entrees that rotate throughout the year. The most famous part of Collis, however, is the pasta—people base their eating schedules off of when the line is the shortest! Collis Café seats maybe around 50 people max, with a range of tables and a few couches. I came here often during my freshman year when getting a bite to eat with upperclassmen friends.
The Hop (so called because it is located in the Hopkins Center for the Arts) is a grill whose french fries, salads, and quesadillas are common culprits for people's answer to the question: What is your favorite dining hall on campus? They also have great macaroni and cheese! There are a few tables here for groups of friends, and many tables that seat two or four people. During lunch time, the Hop gets very busy and you can wait 30 minutes for a burger; however, new developments such as the GET app make it easy to order your food in advance. I often get a late lunch here and study in the art museum lobby.
Ramekin and Novack are the two smaller cafés on campus. Ramekin is near the Life Sciences Center and Novack is in the Baker-Berry library. They both serve around the same fare: Starbucks coffee, pre-made sandwiches, cookies, muffins, etc. There is also a large range of packaged food, such as snacks, drinks, and salads / sandwiches. Many people come here for their daily caffeine dose. It is also extremely common to grab food here when you're on a studying grind, so watch out for long lines during finals period!
Catching dragonflies at the Organic Farm during my Agroecology lab, plunging feet first into the Connecticut River after class, and exploring the Upper Valley by electric scooter… all in one day! Welcome to Sophomore Summer.
I wanted to make my last blog post for this academic year about the places in the Dartmouth community that I will deeply miss and have made amazing memories with the wonderful members of this community.