Hi there! I'm May and I'm sooo excited to share my Dartmouth experience with you! Coming all the way from Southeast Asia, I have loved joining such a tight-knit community under the shades of the great trees here at Dartmouth. I love blogging about food, binge watching Asian shows, and cozy movie nights! Find me in the soccer field during intramurals, with my friends in the common rooms, getting coffee at Collis (my favorite), or volunteering at local service projects!
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.
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.
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!
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.
First off, I consider myself an ambivert—not too much of an extrovert nor an introvert.
I believe this question ultimately depends on you and what kind of things you are looking for in college! If you want to "put yourself out there," then definitely you can do so through the classes you have, clubs you are interested in, or campus events. If you are looking for other things, then of course, you absolutely don't have to push yourself into positions you're not comfortable in. As an introvert, you might feel pressured to "break out of your shell" to make friends or try to fit in with others much more extroverted. However, I feel this is true of any other place. But, you're here because you're an unique addition with your personality and life story. Don't let wherever you or whoever you meet ultimately determine how you inherently feel. That being said, whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, it doesn't hurt to try out something new and something you're not used to. Perhaps a quiet study session at a corner of King Arthur Flour, or a more lively group escape room experience at Collis. There are definitely opportunities (or make yourself one) for either "type." Dartmouth students are pretty open-minded and it is more our friendliness and passion that brings us together. We hold strongly to campus traditions and are fiercely protective of our interests. If that sounds like you, there is space for you, absolutely.
Dartmouth, just as any other place, doesn't have to dictate the choices you make for yourself. In college, you're going to meet people from different corners of the world, engage in conversations in which you might have different opinions from others, and be forced to grow despite learning to stay true to who you are. Whether you are an "introvert" or an "extrovert," that's completely fine. But just because you are one and not the other (or a mix of both), it does not mean you are confined to certain things. There will be many like you and perhaps many unlike you but in college, you find out that there is really no one "right" experience. Everyone, with his/her own idiosyncrasies, experiences it differently.
But at the end of the day, when people ask me what my favorite Dartmouth memories are, I'm always thinking about the place. Ice skating, pink sunsets, riverbanks, or canoeing? That's my highlight reel.
In a world where proper social distancing is so important, Novack Café has fulfilled a unique desire for current on-campus students; it's a place to study, hang out with friends, and grab a snack—all while staying COVID safe.
My personal visit to Dartmouth was a huge factor in my decision to apply, so in honor of Week 7, I hope this blog post can virtually illustrate some of what Dartmouth has to offer in seven images – worth 7,000 words!