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!
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.
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!
Wow, I can't believe that it's been over 30 months since I was writing my application to Dartmouth as a high school senior. Today, I'll go line by line to see how my "Why Dartmouth?" essay has evolved over these past two years.
I thought about how I would attack as I paced from corner to corner, my head as vacant as an empty bottle. The crumpled-up drafts on the floor just added to my nervousness, but I needed to write a 'Why Dartmouth' essay. How? I had no idea.