May Oo Khine
May Oo's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: QSS 17: Data Visualization
This class was my introduction to quantitative social sciences but it definitely won't be my last QSS class at Dartmouth! We worked with datasets, from global wealth distribution to most popular ramen chains in Japan, and learned how to make graphs/visuals through the programming software R.
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: Writing 5: Pessimism and Happpiness
Do we really live in the best of all possible worlds? This course explores pessimism and the values of human existence from Greek literature. I've never had much interest in the classics but Prof. Lurie's passion and enthusiasm in his lectures had me up reading Plato at 2am. This is a class which will surely stimulate your intellectual curiosity and push you to ask questions about even the most mundane of things.
SpringMyanmar, Home sweet HomeFavorite Class: BIO12: Cell Structure and Function
As the name suggests, BIo12 explores the nature and function of cells and the class covers a lot of material through lectures and assignments. Through Zoom break-out groups, we discussed and solved practice problems together, an approach I wasn't very familiar with, especially virtually. We also used online databases and findings to compile our own data to analyze for labs, which I found extremely insightful!
FallMyanmar, Home Sweet HomeFavorite Class: GEOG 9.01 Geographic Information Systems
My first geography class at Dartmouth and first introduction to GIS technology, something that I've always been intrigued by. Prof. Xun Shi is an incredible instructor who takes the time to go over each concept and detail to make sure his students have a solid understanding of the fundamentals. We also had lab sessions where we used ArcGIS to work with spatial data, geographic information, and maps in group projects.
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Freshmen Year: My Favorite Moments
Before I know it, it's already time to say goodbye to a somewhat unconventional freshmen year. The memories are here to stay, though. Here are some of my favorite snapshots of my freshmen year!
- No. 1
Probably the highlight of my freshmen year: First-Year Trips! For many of us, First-Year Trips is our first Dartmouth experience. We spend three days in the wilderness with a small group of students and two trip leaders while participating in activities ranging from whitewater rafting to cabin cooking. My trip experience definitely was the welcoming I needed to get myself to open up to the college at its people. A lot of friendships, and a bunch of crazy memories in the forest (!), are made during these trips that will stay with you for a long, long time. From getting stung by a bee, starwatching on the roof, waiting for the mac and cheese to cook in the dark...
- No. 2
Homecoming: the night we officially became college freshmen after walking around the iconic bonfire. From playing around while face painting and drawing wonky "23s" on our cheeks, circling the fire while cheered on by upperclassmen and Dartmouth alumni, feeling occasionally scared of the huge flames, to waiting in line for cake and some apple cider, taking TONS of photos with people you've just started calling your friends, and chatting away on the bleachers watching the fire die down....I remember it all!
- No. 3
Travels with My Badminton Team
Dartmouth's badminton club is pretty small but I've gotten to know all of my badminton teammates so well beacuse ot it! I absolutely love the sport and really couldn't have asked for a better team. Our seniors are our reliable drivers when we travel far from Hanover for a tournament and the sophomores make sure everyone is eating and training well. Our coaches are the upperclassmen who used to be national players and I think that's so cool! Here is some of my teammates getting pumped to eat hot pot during a team dinner in Boston!
BIO12: A ZOOM in on an online class at Dartmouth
What is taking a science class at Dartmouth, with a laboratory requirement, like when you're 4000 miles away from campus? This week, I'll be sharing with you a little snapshot of my BIO12: Cell Structure and Function class!
- No. 1
1) Clear Syllabus and Grading
Due to the changes in instruction and in the grading system, our professors and faculty had to adjust their syllabus and original plans. This means changes in how tests are formatted, how essays are submitted, and how class discussions are held to accommodate time differences. A very thorough and clear syllabus available for students really helps us to understand what is to be expected!
- No. 2
2) Weekly Modules
In BIO12, we are expected to cover one module a week with lecture content uploaded on the Canvas page every Monday. This includes PowerPoint presentations, recorded lectures, and additional links to videos that facilitate our learning. We also have a weekly vocab sheet for reference!
- No. 3
We have weekly quizzes on each module that will make up the entirety of our grade for BIO12! These one-hour quizzes are through Canvas and the timer starts when you click into it. It is also open book, meaning we can have our notes with us the entire time.
20S: Several Variable Calculus, Social Distancing, and Strawberries
Isn't that a bizarre string of words to associate my spring term of freshmen year with? It might not be how any of us imagined spending Spring in Hanover; nevertheless, there's no doubt that this one will be with us for a very, very long time.
Must-Trys from Dartmouth's Cafés!
Wondering about some staples and must-try foods from the cafés around campus? Read on!
- No. 1
Southwest Chicken Salad (Lunch, Dinner) – The Courtyard Café
In South East Asia, a salad means some chicken or another choice of protein in a spicy onion, tomato, chili, and ground peanuts mix. I was not familiar with salad dressing or adding fruit or corn in a salad and honestly, I wasn’t quite sure how I would like the glaring differences. This all changed when I decided to opt for a healthy option at The Courtyard Café and got myself a Southwest Chicken Salad. It is a mix of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, chicken, taco crisps, and beans in chipotle dressing. This salad really was a game changer for me — I can grab it to go and squeeze in a quick bite before class or easily save it in the fridge for breakfast.
- No. 2
Protein Stir-fry with veggies and sauce (Lunch, Dinner) – Collis Café
I love having lunch at Collis Café solely because of this dish on the menu. You can choose between steak, chicken, beef, or tofu with a side of white rice or brown rice. Add whatever vegetables you want on top and everything will be lightly fried in a sauce of your choosing: Szechuan, hot sauce, teriyaki sauce, orange sauce, or a flavorful spicy plum sauce! Take it from someone who has lived and breathed rice for 19 years, Collis did everything right with this one!
- No. 3
Build-your-own-Burrito (Lunch) – The Courtyard Café
Every weekday, The Courtyard Café puts out a different menu item in the self-service section. From mac and cheese Tuesdays to potato skin Thursdays, you can get a container or a plate and dig in yourself. My favorite is the burrito special where I can choose my own fillings from an array of pulled pork, bacon, cheese, salsa, and veggies! I usually leave out the tortilla because I like it better with just some brown rice and a scoop of sour cream.