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.
Have you received funding from Dartmouth for research, a project, or a trip? If so, how did you find that funding and what did it enable you to do?
To the first question, have I ever received funding from Dartmouth for research, a project, or a trip: the answer is yes! I've been awarded scholarships for three terms now under either the Sophomore Research Scholarship or Presidential Scholarship, amounting to a total of $3,000 in scholarship money for my research. This isn't a rare circumstance, as a lot of my friends have been able to receive scholarships for their research. Some of the cooler examples include my friend Ian, who received a Stamp Scholarship for his research in astrobiology. I also recently interviewed Jose for 3D Magazine, who is doing computer science research as an E.E. Just Scholar. To explore all the funding options available for research and projects, you can start with Dartmouth's Undergraduate Advising & Research (UGAR) website! There, you can find more information on the various scholarships and read about some of the cool projects that Dartmouth students are doing! Similarly for trips, I know that Dartmouth offers great aid for anyone who would like to go on one, whether that's a weekend hiking trip close to Dartmouth or a Winterim trip across the world! Although I haven't been on a Dartmouth trip yet, some of my friends recently went on a winterim hiking trip in California with the Dartmouth Mountaineering Club!
I hope my answer helps open your eyes to the plethora of funding opportunities that Dartmouth provides. Moving on to the second question about finding these opportunities and what I use the funding for, I think everyone has a different story. Personally, I found my scholarship opportunities by simply receiving an email from UGAR letting me know that I was eligible for funding. After submitting an application that consisted of a few essays and project descriptions, I was accepted into the scholarship program! My research mentor, who is a professor at Tuck, was super supportive along the way, as he helped write recommendation letters for my applications. For other students, they might find out about scholarship opportunities from friends, professors, internet searches, or emails like me. When it comes to actually spending the money, Dartmouth gives you a lot of independence on how you wish to spend it. Initially, I planned on spending my scholarship to travel to Vermont to learn more about the progressive food waste laws there, since I'm currently doing research on minimizing food waste. However, because of Covid-19 those plans were canceled, which means my scholarship is just a nice source of income instead. However, it's still nice to be recognized for your work through a scholarship, as I dedicate hours every week to my research.
Although college research might seem intimidating, it's actually super accessible at Dartmouth. In fact, undergraduate research is one of Dartmouth's biggest strengths and is an opportunity for anyone who seeks it out. If you have any questions about undergraduate research, you can contact UGAR through their website!
I've been contemplating, for all of fall term, what extracurricular activity I feel passionate about—what activity I'd want to dedicate significant amounts of time towards. My conclusion was science research!
The English and Creative Writing FSP in London provided several opportunities for my peers and I to visit famous landmarks. These trips were highlights of the study abroad and allowed me to see places I might not otherwise have visited!