Natalie's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallHanover, NHFavorite Class: Design Thinking
We built roller coasters, solved problems on campus, designed PSA posters and more. A great introduction to the Human-Centered Design minor.
WinterHanover, NHFavorite Class: System Dynamics in Policy Design and Analysis
Have you ever wondered about the link between gang violence and after-school programs? Between a link between accessibility of doctors office and ADHD diagnosis? Between gender dynamics and drug usage? System Dynamics uses a systems thinking framework to explore policy that builds links between issues and their root causes.
Academic Resources On Campus!
Scared of Ivy League academics? Don't worry! There are plenty of ways to get help. Read me to find out more!
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1. RWIT — The Student Center for Research, Writing and Information Technology
RWIT was an insane concept to me. You show up with a paper, a prompt, or a question, and you work 1:1 with a writing tutor (for free!) to revise your paper or brainstorm and talk through ideas. You can bring literally any writing or research questions to the Center, and they will give you an hour of their undivided attention. RWIT helped me build confidence in my writing and adapt to a college-level standard of research, citations, and ideation.
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2. SAS — Student Accessibility Services
SAS works with students, faculty, staff, and the campus administration to ensure that Dartmouth is accessible to students with disabilities. For me, this looked like getting academic accommodations after I was diagnosed with ADHD in the spring of my freshman year. Now, with more of an ability to understand my brain, and by partnering with SAS, I can request extended time on assessments, and a quiet, distraction-free testing room. SAS was also my first step when I began to suspect I had ADHD. They pointed me to a psychologist who helped diagnose me.
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3. ASC - Academic Skills Center
The Academic Skills Center's mission is to "assist students in achieving their academic goals.” They offer sessions on everything from time management to good notetaking to study tips. For me, the coolest part of the ASC was the 1:1 academic coaching. I met with a coach to go over how I could structure my study sessions in a way that was productive to the ADHD brain — my grades certainly thanked me.