Natasha's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: Chinese 004: Advanced First-Year Chinese
Chinese 004 was my first language class at Dartmouth. Although the class was fast-paced and a lot of work, my professor, Alan Li, was really engaging and I became close with my classmates.
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: Public Policy 5: Introduction to Public Policy
I really enjoyed this class! My professor, Charles Wheelan, was so hilarious and an amazing lecturer. I still find myself applying concepts I learned in that class to my real life.
SpringRemoteFavorite Class: Computer Science 1: Introduction to Programming and Computation
As part of Dartmouth's liberal arts mission, all students have to take a technology or applied science course with a lab component in order to graduate. I decided to take computer science 1 to fulfill this requirement. As someone with no prior coding experience, I definitely was challenged in this class. However, by the end of the term, I gained a valuable skill and was really proud of how far I came!
FallRemoteFavorite Class: History 08.02: The Making of the Modern World Economy
This class inspired me to be a history major! In this class, I learned about the major economic developments that occurred from the 1800s till now. I found this topic to be very fascinating, and I really enjoyed the way my professor, Stefan Link, taught the material.
WinterRemoteFavorite Class: Sociology 10: Quantitative Analysis of Social Data
In this class, I was taught the basics of conducting quantitative analysis. We primarily worked in STATA and utilized statistical concepts to analyze social science data. My professor, Kristin Smith, was so incredibly kind and made sure that everyone in the class understood the material.
SpringRemoteFavorite Class: History 72: Imperial China in a Global Context
I gained a comprehensive understanding of Chinese history from this class. As an asynchronous class, I had to be incredibly organized and diligent to ensure I was on top of the material. My professor, Pamela Crossley, was incredibly knowledgeable and was always available to talk to if I had any questions.
SummerOn-CampusFavorite Class: History 064: The Great War and The Transformation of Europe
This was my first European history course at Dartmouth, and I loved it so much! My professor, David Petruccelli, was an engaging lecturer and was always willing to talk with me whenever I had a question. I learned so much about World War I and its implications on European and international politics.
FallOn-CampusFavorite Class: Public Policy 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research
I have really enjoyed Public Policy 45 with Professor Ronald Shaiko. As a public policy minor, I have found the material in the course to be both interesting and useful. In this course, we learn about different research methods and apply what we learn to conduct non-partisan policy research.
There's Snowplace Like Dartmouth
Here are the top three tips I've learned to embrace the cold, because it'll happen weather you like it or not (See what I did there? Hahaha… prepare yourself for a very punny post)!
- No. 1
Tip 1: Layer Well
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, layering is probably the single most important aspect of staying warm in cold weather. Before the cold front hit, all of my friends who lived in the Northeast warned me that if I didn’t layer properly, I would freeze into an icicle the moment I stepped outside. And while they definitely were exaggerating, being inadequately dressed for the cold is snow laughing matter. Wearing a hat, boots, and layering a big coat over a lighter jacket and a long sleeve shirt has become my staple outfit and has kept me toasty even when the temperature hit the low teens.
- No. 2
Tip 2: Drink Hot Drinks
Seasonal drinks are arguably one of the best parts of living in a place that has cold weather. I like to warm myself up after being out in the cold for a long time by drinking a nice cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows from KAF, a popular cafe on campus. In addition to making my fingers feel warm and tingly while holding the cup, drinking a hot drink definitely makes me feel happier and less concerned with how un-brr-lievably cold it is outside.
- No. 3
Tip 3: Have Fun Outside
One of the most important tips I’ve learned while being here this term is just to have fun outside, especially when it’s snowing. As cheesy as it sounds, half the battle against the cold weather is won just by having a positive attitude about it! When the first flurry of snow came down on campus, it truly was love at frost sight. After mesmerizing at how pretty the campus looked when covered in snow, I and some of my friends decided to have a mini snowball fight and take silly pictures outside. Although we were freezing our butts off, we were too busy having fun to realize how cold it was.
A Review of my First Term at Dartmouth in Pictures
My first term at Dartmouth has definitely been a whirlwind. Here are a couple of photos that capture some of the highlights of my term here.