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FallHanoverFavorite Class: WRIT 005: Inclusion, Diversity, and Higher Education
I actually wasn't planning on taking this class but it eventually became my favorite class. The professor was very funny and created a relaxed classroom environment where I enjoyed looking at diversity in different contexts, such as college admissions and group dynamics.
WinterHanoverFavorite Class: CLST 07.06: Pessimism and Happiness
This class was a perfect mix of philosophy, classical studies, and writing. We were able to reflect on societal views, our own ideas of optimism and pessimism, and how we can lead more fulfilling and compassionate lives.
SpringMontrealFavorite Class: COSC 10: Problem Solving via Object Oriented Programming
My first experience with computer science was my Freshman winter, and I quickly became interested in the subject. I followed up CS1 with CS10 in the Spring, which I found just as cool. I love how you can solve problems by applying logic and math with computer science, and I look forward to diving deeper into the major!
FallShanghaiFavorite Class: ECON 21: Microeconomics
Econ 21 is required for all Econ majors, and I loved my experience with Professor Gustman. He made the material super easy to digest and allowed me to take exams in my timezone, which I thought was really nice.
WinterShanghaiFavorite Class: SPEE 20: Public Speaking
It was really interesting to study public speaking in an asynchronous environment, and I came away with a deeper understanding of not only public speaking but speech writing. I wrote a separate blog post about the class, so check it out!
SpringShanghaiFavorite Class: ENGL 34: From Anna Christie to Hamilton (and Donald Trump)
Since English was one of my favorite classes in high school, I wanted to take another writing course at Dartmouth. This was a great choice, as it was a perfect mix of lecture and discussion. I loved reading and learning about several American dramas, and even discussing modern topics such as Trump's rhetoric!
I took my Sophomore Summer off, which many international students do, and got involved with the Tuck School of Business through the Bridge and Paganucci programs! You can read more about my summer experiences in my blogs!
FallHanoverFavorite Class: QSS30.18: Quantitative Approaches to Peace and Justice
This was my first class from the QSS department, which was long overdue considering that I'm a QSS major! I really enjoyed picking up some coding skills and tackling problems like transitional justice with quantitative approaches.
WinterHanoverFavorite Class: ECON35: Games and Economic Behavior
I took Econ 25 in the Fall, and Econ 35 was the next course in the game theory sequence! It was really fun to apply game theory to cool concepts like sports, Covid-19, and auctions.
Nice Things and Homecoming
In hopes of sharing my Homecoming in a unique way that will hopefully show you a different side of Dartmouth's biggest tradition, I decided to just share three things. Three nice things that I experienced during Homecoming.
- No. 1
A Drive to White River Junction!
The first thing I'm super grateful for is my drive to White River Junction. As someone who doesn't have a US Driver's License or a car on campus, I wasn't sure how I would get to the White River Junction train station to pick up my friend who was visiting for ths weekend. Thankfully, I had a friend who let me borrow his car and another who offered to drive me back and forth. It was amazing to see how much support was around me, and how a seemingly impossible task became so easy! I have two friends to thank for my drive up to train station, so I guess this nice thing is in fact a two in one! I was also able to take in the beautiful fall foliage during my drive up, so I hope you enjoy this snapshot I took!
- No. 2
BBQ, Courtesy of Some Alumni!
On Saturday night, all the restaurants in Hanover were full as alumni, students and families went out of town to celebrate Homecoming weekend. Fortunately for me, I was able to grab food at my fraternity house, where there was burgers and hotdogs for us to enjoy. What's great about the dinner was that I not only got to meet some of the alumni of the house, but also that the alumni offered to pay for the grill. It was a great sign of kindness and brotherhood, and I really enjoyed catching up or meeting Dartmouth alums. I can't wait for the alums to come back soon!
- No. 3
Building the Bonfire!
A part of the tradition of the bonfire is that the newest class of Dartmouth (the 25's) help to build it. I always thought it was a great gesture for students to take time out of their busy days to help build the bonfire, and this year was no different. Therefore, although this wasn't a nice thing that was done personally for me, it was a nice thing that was done for our community. It was great to see campus come together for the bonfire, and after a year hiatus it couldn't have been come sooner. I hope this blog was helpful in giving you a sense of not only what Homecoming is like, but also of Homecoming spirit and all the nice things that happened this week!