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.
I love food and cultural-oriented food as well, so what's there to eat at Dartmouth?
'53 Commons, otherwise commonly referred to as FoCo, is the main dining hall on campus. In fall term of your freshmen year, you will probably be frequenting FoCo habitually because of your first-year dining plan. FoCo serves an all-you-can-eat-buffet where you can easily "swipe" in with your DartmouthID card to enter, get as many helpings as you desire, and stay for as long as you want.
There's really an assortment of food, vegetables, meat, soups, salads, and desserts at FoCo and as you walk around the cafeteria, you can read the menus at the different stations. For example, there's a Flat Top Grill booth where you build your own hamburger or get a stash of curly fries, there's the Stir-fry booth where you can order your own mix of rice, protein, and veggies and top it off with a spicy chili sauce, and there's Ma Thayer's where you can browse through a range of hearty, main dishes. FoCo also provides vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options at the stations in addition to kosher and halal food for all students! For the most part, the main menu at FoCo revolves around American and Western cuisine with a touch of Mexican or Asian cuisine. However, you'll almost always find at least one culture-oriented food on the menu whether it's Pho, a delicious Vietnamese noodle soup, sushi, or Kimchi stew!
Along with FoCo, the two biggest 'cafes' on campus are the Collis Café and the Courtyard Café. Collis is a popular go-to for students who want a quick and filling breakfast with their array of breakfast sandwiches, yogurts, bread and brownies, and smoothies. Their specialty, though, is the custom-made protein stir-fry in which you pick your desired veggies, rice, meat or tofu, and top it off with your choice of sauce such as Szechuan or teriyaki! On select days, you can also get pork dumplings, mozzarella sticks, and classic homemade soups. The Courtyard Café at the Hopkins for the Arts is known for its salad bar and prepackaged meals ranging from sushi, fruits, wraps, and custom-made burritos. Other popular items on the menu include burger specials, quesadillas, and sandwiches.
If you're looking for more cultural cuisines, you can definitely look for more options around Hanover! There's Tuk Tuk which has great Thai food that has become a staple at several college events, Jewel of India, well-loved for its delicious curries and entrees, and Han Fusion which serves authentic, spicy Asian dishes!
A school had to meet three criteria for me to consider it a "good fit": academics, location, and community. After researching about Dartmouth and visiting the campus, I realized that this school was not a good fit for me-- it was a perfect fit.
From the pandemic to the election, to online learning, every month seemed to be a new level of Jumanji. However, we have made it. And though 2020 has given me great lessons and experiences, I am looking forward to this new year and for what it holds.
In the spirit of being another term closer to finally going back to Dartmouth, I thought I would talk about a few things this term that have still felt distinctively Dartmouth, even though I'm thousands of miles away.
I remember the first time I got really excited about Dartmouth—it was late 2018, right in the midst of college application season, and I had just gotten a fresh edition of 3D, Dartmouth's undergraduate admissions magazine, in the mail.