Hello there! My name is Shuyi and I'm a '23, which means it's my junior year here at Dartmouth! I'm back on campus for the first time in a year so follow me as I get back to some of my favorite experiences! At Dartmouth, I enjoy playing squash, eating at late night, and of course, blogging. You can ask me about studying social sciences, coming to Dartmouth as an international student, and anything else really. I hope you enjoy the blog!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
What's something you wish you knew about Dartmouth before attending?
Great question, and I'm sure that's one a lot of prospective and incoming students ask. Personally, I wish I knew how easy it was to meet people so that I wouldn't be so worried about finding a group of friends! However, that's just my answer and so I thought it would be interesting to ask a few of Dartmouth's freshest faces. Since I'm a UGA (undergraduate advisor) this year, I'm living with a bunch of 25's and was able to collect some of their responses!
Amit: I wish I knew more about the academic flexibility Dartmouth provides! I knew about the liberal arts curriculum, but I didn't know about the other ways Dartmouth encourages us to try new subjects and how easy it is to try a new subject. For example, I'm taking a music class without any music background, but I'm getting through it (and enjoying it) with the help of more experienced upperclassmen. The NRO is also a great option, which allows you to set a minimum grade before it becomes "non-recording"!
Joe: I wish I knew about how much free time we have to explore extracurricular options here. I thought I would be buried in my classes, but since we only take three classes a term, I find that I can explore clubs and sports. Since it's my first time at Dartmouth, I'm really enjoying exploring different interests and meeting all the cool people around campus.
Grace: I wish I knew about the history before attending! I really felt Dartmouth's history as soon I stepped into my dorm, and have loved learning more about it ever since. Did you know our school newspaper, the Dartmouth, is America's oldest college newspaper? I was amazed when I learned about this the other day, and had a great time reading the first issue with some friends. I can't wait to learn more about the school's history and traditions!
Jess: As someone who brought only fall clothes this term, I wish I knew how cold it gets early on! Although the chilly weather means I'll have to make my parents ship an extra layer or two, I've been loving the famous New Hampshire foliage that's popping up around campus. Getting to see different shades of orange, red and yellow on the trees is truly a breathtaking sight and something I welcome, despite the cold!
As you can see, there's a lot of different perspectives on what people wish they knew about Dartmouth before attending! No matter how many responses I collect, I'm sure you'll find your own pleasant surprises when you come to campus, so my main piece of advice would just to be excited and be prepared for anything! You never know what you'll find in Hanover.
When adapting to a unique college environment, it is important to open yourself up to new perspectives and meet all kinds of wonderful people! Yet, it is even more important to remember your values and what makes you happy.