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FallOn CampusFavorite Class: PHIL 3 - Reason and Argument
I loved the professor's dynamic personality. In the beginning of the class we learned how to construct and pick apart arguments, and then applied our skills to problems such as proving that Santa Claus exists!
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: WRIT 5 - Human Rights
This was a really cool look into the history of the UN and human rights in the US. At the end of the class, we interviewed residents of a local nursing home for a project on human rights issues faced by the elderly in the US!
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: ENGL 7 - Narrating Slave Rebellion
loved the in-depth look at a specific time period of history that focused on issues of gender, race, and power dynamics that have many relevant implications today!
I spent this summer living helping my family move and lifeguarding at my local pool. After a busy first year, I was happy to have some time at home and opportunities to enjoy the beautiful New Hampshire wilderness!
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: PSYC 45 - Behavioral Neuroscience
My favorite class sophomore fall was also one of the hardest classes I've taken at Dartmouth. It was PSYC 45 - Behavioral Neuroscience - and I loved the opportunity to delve deeply into the neural pathways of emotion, memory, and behavior.
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: AMTJ 17 - Anthropology of Health and Illness
I actually decided on my minor this term after taking probably my favorite class at Dartmouth! It was a class called "Anthropology of Health and Illness," and learning about health disparities and issues opened up the world of global health to me!
Studying abroad on the LSA+ in Toulouse, France. Without a doubt, this was one of my favorite terms at Dartmouth. I absolutely loved my host family, my classmates, the city of Toulouse, the food, and most of all, hiking in the Pyrénées afterwards!
Sophomore summer was a great term to be on campus! From eating or studying on the sunny green with friends, to hiking, biking, and canoeing around the Upper Valley, sophomore summer was a great term for exploring inside and outside the classroom!
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: Geo 2 - Global Health and Society
My favorite part of this class was the final project, where my group and I proposed solutions to the public health issue of dangerous drinking habits on college campuses
I was doing an internship at a community health non-profit in rural Greensboro, Alabama. The Dartmouth Center for Service granted me a travel/housing stipend, and I had an absolutely amazing time learning about community/public health in the South!
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: CHEM 151 - Physical Organic Chemistry
Though it was also one of the hardest classes I've taken at Dartmouth, I really enjoyed Organic Chemistry. I found it fascinating to learn about the reactions that occur in the natural world all around us, especially the ones in biological systems!
I loved the independent research I was doing this summer for my neuroscience major. I was able to work with Professor Michael Casey, who uses fMRI data and machine learning to better understand how music interacts with the brain.
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: PSYC 21 - Perception
I loved my Perception class taught by Peter Tse. He was super down to earth, and started each class by proposing an interesting thought question and asking us our opinions. Each lecture was a fun peak into what makes us see the world the way we do!
How Hiking 50 Miles May Just be the Time of Your Life
Who ever said hiking 50 straight miles was fun?? Dartmouth students. Three terms a year to be exact.
- No. 1
College a capella is not Pitch Perfect.
While those who spend a lot of time around me know how much I love to spontaneously break out into song, college a capella is not about high-stakes competitions for international fame and fortune (at least in my experience), but being a part of and fostering a campus community. The majority of our shows take place on campus, including a show to welcome our new freshman each fall, a show to send off our seniors each spring, and a number of shows throughout the year to support various worthwhile causes. On average, we perform about three shows a term, and put together a tour of other colleges and Dartmouth alumni organizations up and down the East Coast over our extended winter break.
- No. 2
Unlike Glee, not every member of the group is an earth-shattering soloist.
- No. 3
Unlike the romanticized idea of a “riff-off,” our shows don’t come together perfectly polished and synchronized out of thin air.
Being in any performance group is a significant time commitment, and it takes a lot of hard work from every member of the group to arrange our own music, learn our parts, and get things up to performance speed (and even occasionally throw in some choreography). We rehearse three times a week, and often more during performance weeks.