Hello there! My name is Shuyi and I'm a '23, which means it's my senior year here at Dartmouth! Follow me for my last year at Dartmouth as I reflect upon my college experience. 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!
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.
This was my first time taking a music class even though I have been involved with music my entire life, whether that was playing the piano or learning how to make beats. I loved this class because I not only learned more about music, but more about Native culture as well!
I took my junior summer off to pursue a management consulting internship in New York. I had a wonderful experience!
I absolutely loved this class! Theatre was one of my favorite classes in middle school, and so it was great to reconnect with theatre again in college. The professor was amazingly kind and passionate, and the final project was a really fun group performance!
This was a small class of around 15 people, which allowed us to have intimate discussions of readings and theatre. I loved hearing from my classmates, as we used our personal experiences to guide us in our understanding of materials. My final project was a protest on campus, which also really fun and refreshing take on performance!
What tips do you have for high school juniors who are launching their college searches virtually this spring?
Hi, thanks for visiting! As someone from the Class of 2023, it's crazy to me that all you 26's are already looking at colleges. I'm excited to welcome all of you guys on campus, although that means I'll be a senior… scary!
As for the actual college search, it's true that things will be a bit different since everything is virtual now. However, just because you can't come visit campus doesn't mean you can't get a feel for each school. While the prevalent strategies of visiting a school's website and learning about its key details (location, enrollment size, academic curriculum) are still great ways to learn about a college, I hope to provide some insightful tips that most students might not have considered. So, here are some ways you can learn about a school without leaving the comfort and safety of your home!
Go on YouTube! Although it might seem strange to learn about a school from YouTube, almost every college has vloggers that will give you a perspective of daily student life. When I was applying to college, I enjoyed watching these vlogs to get a feel for the culture and vibe of the school. To find these vlogs, you can simple type in the name of the college + "vlogs" to find some interesting videos, for example "Dartmouth Vlogs". I think YouTube can be especially important now that college visits are unavailable, as they are kind of a virtual college tour in itself!
Talk to students! The only thing better than watching an actual student vlog about their day is actually talking to one. Many schools have ways for you to connect to a current student (check out Dartmouth Admission's "Connect with a Student") and these allow you to have genuine conversations about any questions, interests or concerns you might have. A few of my friends are involved in Dartmouth's program, and I know they are super pumped whenever they get to talk to a prospective student about their Dartmouth experience. I strongly believe that a place is made up by its people, so make sure you talk to current students before deciding on where you want to spend the next four years.
Finally, attend info sessions and high school visits! Due to Covid-19, colleges have been working hard to move everything virtually for you guys. At Dartmouth, we not only have virtual tours, but we also offer virtual info sessions and high school visits that you can easily access on Zoom. Through these events, you can hear from and get to know various Admissions Officers and current students. Last fall, I was lucky enough to go on a few info sessions and high school visits, and I really loved the experience! Even though searching for a college virtually might have to be another challenge you go through, I hope I've given you a few tips to make it all a bit more manageable. You can do this!
When we think about the process of choosing a university, it often revolves around factors like rankings, financial aid, location, and class sizes. It's a logical approach, but it totally omits the spirit of the institution. Let me explain.
I often think back at the Why Dartmouth essay. Would I answer this question differently now? Yes. Would I know how to squeeze everything in 100 words? Still no, but I would love to share my new "Why Dartmouth" as a Dartmouth first-year.
You've lived through the horrors of high school and applying to colleges, and then what? What happens once you've tied the knot and you're now stuck with the same person, I mean, college, for life (that is, for four years)?