Shuyi's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
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!
Everything I was worried about... and why you shouldn't be!
Last week, I virtually hosted an incoming student, and it was funny to me how he shared a lot of the worries I once had. So, hopefully I can help another incoming student or two by sharing my worries: and why I'm no longer worried about them.
- No. 1
1. I've always lived in a city. Am I going to feel bored and isolated in Hanover?
A part of the reason why I decided to go to Dartmouth was that it would allow me to be a new environment. However, as someone who isn't "outdoorsy," I did have my doubts about not being in the city for the first time. However, hopefully all the diverse range of experiences on my blog will show you that there is so much to do here. In fact, even after a year here, half of my bucket list hasn't been ticked off yet! The term goes by so fast and looking back, there are so many things I wanted to do that I haven't, and so many things I've done that I never expected to. I still haven't relaxed at the river or gone sledding at the golf course, but I'm be able to do these things next year, and I hope to see some of you there too!
- No. 2
2. Dartmouth and Greek life…
Anyone who looks up Dartmouth will inevitably stumble across its Greek life reputation. As I read about stories online all summer, I began to worry how I would interact with Greek life. I think the best thing I could hear back then is that put simply, Greek life at Dartmouth is an extremely open and welcoming space. Even as a freshman, you can basically hang out at any house you like. Everyone is excited to meet new people, and I've definitely developed some of my friendships by spending some nights hanging out and talking at a house. Although it was an aspect of Dartmouth life that I was once worried about, it has now become something I miss.
- No. 3
3. Will I make friends?
"Will I make friends?" is a question I asked myself basically every year as I went to new summer camps, new schools, and most recently, Dartmouth. However, having asked this question to myself so many times, I've found that the answer is almost always yes. You are bound to find friends, especially in a new environment like college. This is even more the case at a place like Dartmouth, where the best part about the place is the warm and friendly people. If you're worried about making friends, that's definitely natural, but let me tell you that I found some of my closest friends here, and I'm sure you will too. If not, I'll be your friend!
Looking back on my main worries, they have now become my favorite aspects of Dartmouth! I hope my reflections have helped you, and if you're worried about anything else, let me know!