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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!
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: MES 7.03: Jerusalem: Vision and Reality
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!
SpringRemote Learning, At HomeFavorite Class: COSC 10: Problem Solving with Object-Oriented Programming
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!
FallRemote Learning, At HomeFavorite Class: ENGS 13: Virtual Medicine and Cybercare
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.
WinterRemote Learning, At HomeFavorite Class: BIOL 13: Gene Expression and Inheritance
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.
SpringRemote Learning, At HomeFavorite Class: CHEM 51: Organic Chemistry I
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.
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Here are some of my favorite events from the first half of my junior fall!
- No. 1
It was a huge shock to return to a fully-occupied Dartmouth this past fall.
While I was here in the summer, we only had one class fully on (the 23s for their sophomore summer) and some 22s and 24s as well. Now, we have three classes fully on (22s, 24s, and 25s), and many 23s are also still here as well.
Lines now are very long and the library is almost always full whenever you need a seat. In some ways, I preferred sophomore summer (camp Dartmouth!) when it was a bit more de-densified, but I also love the collegiate feel that comes with a busier, slightly more anonymous Dartmouth.
- No. 2
Bonfire and Dartmouth traditions!
I loved getting to see the Homecoming Bonfire again!
Getting to participate in these Dartmouth traditions as many times as possible is one of my many goals while I am here, and the bonfire is one of my favorites. I also hope to do the annual midnight snowball fight again my senior year (I'll be off-campus junior winter) and I am really looking forward to my first Green Key next spring.
One of the surprising things about the fire is exactly how hot it can get. Upperclassmen usually heckle the freshmen doing their circle to "touch the fire," but the truth is that it gets so hot near the fire that most people don't want to be anywhere close enough to the fire to touch it!
- No. 3
Going to conferences!
Being a part of Dartmouth means also getting to experience a lot of amazing things outside Dartmouth.
This term, I was able to go to a faith-based conference in New Jersey for a couple days, completely paid for by the organization. Going with the Dartmouth group was also really nice because I got to spend time with friends and new people outside the context of school (which, in all honesty, can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming while simultaneously being repetitive).
This particular conference was open to Ivy League students and students from a few other peer institutions so I even got to meet one of my sister's friends who was doing an exchange at Columbia.
The Last Few Days of Summer: Trips, Orientation, Canoeing
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