May Oo Khine
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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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.
Oh, FoCo, how I have missed you!
Don't get me wrong, I've loved making my own lunch salad and hosting dinner parties with my friends during the break, but with classes starting again and the snow building, I definitely need a warm meal I can just sit down for.
- No. 1
This was my first meal at FoCo right after winter break, on the day FoCo reopened. I’m sure you can imagine my excitement by the number of chicken wings and fries I had on my plate! I also had a Monte Cristo sandwich (a kind of French toasted ham and cheese sandwich), some sautéed spinach and onions, and brown rice with a mix of vegetables. I also like to create my own drink of apple juice, green tea, and a third mystery ingredient (chef’s secret)! Top this off with a side dish of kimchi, Korean pickled cabbage, and I am good to go!
- No. 2
On this day, I had penne with garlic and chili lime peanut noodles, which has its origins in Thailand. Of course, I need to get my usual kimchi, some rice, and fries and a beef patty from the grill. If I’m really feeling healthy, I like to take my time at the salad bar and make my own mix of veggies: spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, and a couple of cherry tomatoes too!
- No. 3
Salmon is one of my favorites at FoCo! Whenever there’s salmon for dinner, I immediately make a beeline to the grill. I also had some fried flounder and chicken adobo, which is a type of Filipino chicken stew. I grabbed a couple of fries and a beef patty as well as some veggies (yes, to balance out the fries). Add some kimchi, a bowl of clam chowder, and a cup of warm salted caramel, and you’ve just made one of my favorite meals here!