Matt's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallOn-CampusFavorite Class: COSC1: Introduction to Programming and Computation
Coming in with very little programming experience, I was pleasantly surprised by the beginner-friendly nature of this course. Although a very fast-paced course, CS1 gave me the academic confidence I needed my freshman fall. I was able to code games, maps and drawings all in 10 weeks, always surrounded by help from Vasanta (our lovely professor) and over 20 teaching assistants. I also made some close friends through the course, so I would highly, highly recommend it to anyone.
WinterOn-CampusFavorite Class: BIOL11: Emerging Infectious Diseases
This has been my favorite class at Dartmouth thus far. Co-taught by a married couple, the introductory course fostered a challenging, yet welcoming environment for mainly first-year students. After learning about basics in epidemiology, immunology, microbiology and statistics, we dedicated entire lectures to specifically learn about over ten infectious diseases. I particularly enjoyed understanding treatment methods (vaccine, drug discovery, prevention) from both the scientific and epidemiological points-of-view, and the connections we made to current events. Now, I can confidently contribute to conversations about topics I used to be intimidated of.
SpringOn-CampusFavorite Class: ANTH55: Anthropology of Global Health
A field that is often dominated by buzzwords and fear-mongering headlines, global health is a fascinating field that I was initially hesitant to engage with. And I'm so happy I did. Anne Sosin as a lovely professor who prioritized engagement and curiosity. Through weekly discussion posts, diverse sets of readings, three papers and a case study, we were able to explore four large areas of global health in conjunction with our interests. I focused on how rural health inequities connect to structural violence, colonialism, and biomedicine/technology advances. I was definitely one of the younger, less experienced students in the course, but the support was so accessible that I recommend this course to anyone interested!
Favorite Moments of 23Winter
Continuing on my post in the fall, I decided to share a few of my favorite photos from the term so far that offer a glimpse into student life, or at least one take on it!
- No. 1
Jumping into the (very) cold Occom Pond alongside my friends is one of my favorite moments thus far in winter term. We waited in line for about half an hour, but it was very much worth it. Watching our friends, who had already completed the plunge, walk up the ramp and warn us of the cold only heightened our excitement. The amount of support crew (EMS, firefighters, student volunteers, construction workers who built the entry and exit platforms) is a testament to how committed Dartmouth is to its students and traditions. Thank you guys!
- No. 2
As overwhelming as it is to enter a new school with almost 5,000 new faces, finding smaller communities on campus has provided me with security and belonging in more niche places. Club ski has been one of them—with biweekly practices, races, and tuning/waxing clinics, I have developed some really great friendships (especially with upperclass students) and a passion for racing, even after just starting this year. It's a very fun organization that is very beginner-friendly and open to many skill levels. Check out the photo above from our costume race this past weekend!
- No. 3
I've found that some of the best moments here are ones that are spontaneous and last-minute. Yesterday, on a Sunday night, after we'd finished our studying, we decided to go out to dinner in Woodstock (a town about 20 minutes from Dartmouth) to watch the Super Bowl and celebrate our friend's birthday. Doing little things like this and exploring the surrounding area provide a much-needed break from campus life.