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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.
A Week of Dinners at Dartmouth
What does a freshman student eat for dinner every day of the week at Dartmouth?
- No. 1
For Monday's dinner, I went to FoCo! FoCo stands for Class of 1953 Commons and is the center of all-you-can-eat food. Freshmen are automatically put on the most generous meal plan for their first quarter, which includes 4 meal swipes per day, so you will frequently find fellow friends eating at FoCo. On this particular day, I had some cornbread, a variety of salads from the salad bar, some chili, and for dessert, some yogurt with Butterfingers on top!
- No. 2
On Tuesday, I had catered food from a Thai restaurant in town called Tuk Tuk! The dinner was hosted by the Tucker Center and was an annual event that brings together a panel of students from various faith backgrounds to speak about their experiences and provide a platform for discussion amongst the greater Dartmouth population. We also had gelato from Morano Gelato afterwards, which was a real treat!
- No. 3
Pizza galore! A lot of student clubs or lectures have food during their meetings. On this particular day, we had glorious pizza from Domino's (one of the only franchise stores in the area, one of the others being CVS). Food is definitely a great motivator to get students to go to meetings, and is a fun perk in addition to going and hearing amazing lectures from Dartmouth faculty.
Course Selection and Academic Advising at Dartmouth
Dartmouth course selection is a flurry of excitement and stress, and resources around campus have been most helpful in giving me perspective and advice. Interested in who these helpful people are? Read on!