May Oo Khine
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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 takes the time to go over each conceptl 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.
WinterMyanmar, Home Sweet HomeFavorite Class: COSC 1 Introduction to Programming and Computation
Arguably one of the best classes at Dartmouth! Whether you are a computer science major or not, this class is a "must-take". Beyond coding, I felt as though I gained a whole new outlook on problem solving and creative thinking. Some of the problem sets Professor Vasanta gives the class are really fun and interesting and she herself is a phenomenal teacher. You won't regret taking this class!
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An International Perspective: Financial Support at Dartmouth
For a lot of students, myself included, cost and affordability are often the determining factors in our college search.
Six small things I miss most about Dartmouth as a remote student
It's been about six months since I've been back on campus and I'm counting the days we'll all be back together, safe and sound. Here are six of the things I miss most about being on campus!
- No. 1
Taking random snapshots around campus
I am not the best photographer. I don’t know the first thing about lighting or angles. But has that stopped me from trying to capture almost every moment of my life in pictures? Most definitely not. For me, Dartmouth is a completely different world from where I grew up in. I dove into my first pile of golden leaves in the fall and dug my fingers into a fresh snowball on the Green. I’d be walking back to my dorm after class and then stop to take a random snap of the snow on the sidewalk or of the sunset.
- No. 2
The scribbles on the whiteboards in the study rooms
They are everywhere! And they never fail to brighten up my day. I think it’s really interesting how the writings on the whiteboards always have a good balance of the “serious” and the “silly.” Cartoon figures on top of calculus equations, random phrases circling equilibrium charts…my friends and I like to spend a good minute examining them before clearing up the whiteboards. And then maybe create a masterpiece of our own…
- No. 3
Cooking with my friends in the kitchen
Many students don’t really use the dorm kitchens unless they want to 1) microwave some popcorn, 2) use the electronic kettle, or 3) sit on the counters and hangout. However, I absolutely love using the kitchens on a regular basis as I enjoy making small dishes from home or cooking together with my friends! Here’s a friend making us some late night ramen!
4 creative ways to stay connected with friends in a pandemic
Looking for something more creative? Check out some of my unique ways to stay connected with friends during COVID!
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 because of 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 are some of my teammates getting pumped to eat hot pot during a team dinner in Boston!