Sydney's D-PlanWhat's a D-Plan?
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: Introduction to Education: Learning, Development, and Teaching
Taught by Professor Tine, this class focused on many interdisciplinary topics within the field of education. I loved learning about the significance of early pre-K interventions on long-term behaviors, the layered complexities of the American public school system, the neuroscience behind how the brain processes new information, and much more!
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: Global Health & Society
As someone interested in international studies, this course opened my eyes to the complex world of global health – both the biological and social sides of achieving equity. I found this class especially applicable given the COVID-19 pandemic and often transfer knowledge from Global Health & Society into my everyday life.
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: Searching for Justice
Searching for Justice is a perfect blend of studying literature and law. Highlights from this course include an op-ed I produced on anti-Asian hate crimes and a fictional short story adaptation based on Japanese internment camps from Korematsu v. United States. This first year seminar exposed me to many different court cases, and I’m now strongly considering a future career in law!
I spent my summer back home in Southern California, working at my high school alma mater as a Summer Fellow for their Junior Scholars program. I had a wonderful time designing curriculum for the Journalism program, planning activities for middle schoolers, and providing support in the dorms. I also spent quality time with my cousins and bonded with family by the beach.
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: Marine Policy
I am an aquaphile, a lover of all things related to the water. This environmental studies course on Marine Policy was perfect for me because it dove into how humans have impacted the oceans. From coastal development to deep sea mining, we explored how to think like a policymaker and consider the many different stakeholders involved in global marine issues.
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: The Practice of Science Policy and Diplomacy
Wow, the Practice of Science Policy and Diplomacy was a blast! I was eager to get to class early every day for this Public Policy seminar. Professor Burkins introduced me to writing effective policy memos, participating in a Model Arctic Council simulation, and presenting with a state coalition on our recommendations for SDG 7: Affordable & Clean Energy.
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: Energy Justice
Energy Justice examined issues of culture, power, and inequity in the necessary shift away from fossil fuels. Taught as a Social Impact Practicum, this class deepened my interest in pursuing a career in energy and environmental law. During junior year, I’m excited to continue working with Professor Kelly as a Presidential Scholar researching justice and accountability in corporate energy systems.
SummerOn CampusFavorite Class: Agroecology
During my Sophomore Summer, I really enjoyed studying food systems and accessing Dartmouth’s Organic Farm as our lab for Professor Ong’s Agroecology course. It was an incredible New England summer experience learning to visualize data in R, conducting fieldwork outdoors, and working as a team on scientific research projects. A term highlight was tasting freshly tapped maple syrup from Dartmouth’s very own Sugar Crew!
FallLondon, EnglandFavorite Class: Economic History
This term, I was one of six Dartmouth Economics exchange students at University College London. All four of my modules—UCL’s equivalent of classes—provided me with a new perspective on Economics and Geography through a British lens. Economic History was my favorite as we studied industrialization, the demographic transition, and the East Asian economic miracle after World War II. I grew a deep appreciation for how the events of our past can offer important lessons for us today and into the future.
WinterNew York, New York
Since Dartmouth students typically spend their Sophomore Summer on campus, the D-Plan allows us to take a different term off to develop personally and professionally. For my off-term, I am working as a corporate legal assistant intern at a law firm in New York City. It has been such a thrill to live and work in the Big Apple! With many fellow Dartmouth '24s also in the NYC area, life has been exciting—full of yummy food, catching up with old friends, and exploring iconic city sights.
Off to London We Go! My Dartmouth-UCL Exchange Experience
This fall, I've had the opportunity to study abroad at University College London (UCL) through an economics exchange program. Soaking up a new culture in the bustling UK capital, I've learned a lot—not only about economics, but also about myself.
A Weekend to Remember: Global Impact at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge
If you want to learn more about the world by retreating from it, there's no better place to do so than at the Dartmouth Center for Social Impact (DCSI)'s Matariki Global Impact Summit.
A Glimpse into a Sophomore's Spring Courses
Ever wonder what a typical Dartmouth student's classes look like? Every student's schedule is different, but here's a peek into the four courses I'm taking this term!
- No. 1
MUS 1: Beginning Music Theory
I start my Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:10 a.m. listening to jazz, pop, classical, and all sorts of genres in MUS 1, my first music class since grade school! Growing up, I played piano competitively for a while, but when I moved overseas in the sixth grade I slowly stopped playing as much to explore other activities. Professor Zsoldos, a professional saxophonist, grew up in a musical household and started figuring out melodies on the piano when he was four. He is all about inspiring a passion for music in his students, so we’ve been listening to pop songs like "You are the Reason" and more to discover what makes us want to dig into the material, using what we’ve learned to transpose the intangible forms of music into tangible sheet music. We’ve been developing our ear training abilities, distinguishing simple from compound meters, drilling our major and minor scales, and much more. I can feel my love of music coming back to life!
- No. 2
ENVS 55: Ecological Economics
After Music Theory, I head to my Ecological Economics class which starts at 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. As an Economics and Environmental Studies double major, I absolutely love this class taught by Professor Howarth, who also instructed me in ENVS 3: Environment and Society. Professor Howarth is extremely knowledgeable about ecological economics! I took him out to lunch at Pine during my sophomore fall through Dartmouth’s Take a Faculty Member to Lunch program to learn more about what inspires him and what he does outside the classroom. During class, Professor Howarth lectures on topics like bioeconomic modeling, cost benefit analysis, fisheries management, working with Excel, nonmarket valuation, energy transitions, and environmental ethics, often bringing in our thoughts through informal class discussion. Our final assignment is to write a review essay on peer-reviewed literature on any topic of our choosing. I love this flexibility and am thinking of writing about how to incentivize energy conservation and behavioral changes through marketing, policy, and persuasion.
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WGSS 59.04/THEA 21.01: Race, Gender, and Performance
I’ve never taken a course in the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies or Theater departments at Dartmouth, so this cross-listed 7-person class is my first look into studying theater and performance through an intersectional lens. We meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:20 p.m.. During the second week of the term, our class visited the Hood Museum to think about intersectionality through the arts, analyzing the paintings on the walls in the context of performance studies. Professor Edmonson is incredibly eager to help her students develop their arguments; she has made me feel confident in writing about the humanities as a social science major. During class, we sit in a circle formation and discuss assigned plays and critical essays, thinking about themes of intersectionality, disability, gender, stereotypes, and performativity. Since the class is so small, I really get to know my classmates and we have quite a range of scholars! A Physics and Theater double major and a Religion major are two examples of the diverse academic backgrounds we bring into conversation.
Three Ways I Stay Balanced at Dartmouth
Each Dartmouth quarter has brought me new classes, new friends, and new experiences. Here are three ways I stay balanced and grounded in what makes me, me!
- No. 1
Club Water Polo
One of my goals for sophomore year has been to be more intentional in the ways I spend my time, and staying active with a club sport as part of the Women’s Water Polo team is a great way to relieve stress. I played water polo throughout high school, but experience is definitely not required to join the team. Around half the team came into college brand new to the sport, many swimming before but seeking a more collaborative team environment. We start practices with a swim warm-up, then move into passing, and finally drills where we practice real game situations and perhaps scrimmage. Water polo has taught me communication, critical thinking, and how to handle stressful situations gracefully. We just went down to Boston College this past weekend, where we placed second in the Women’s Collegiate Club New England/North Atlantic Divisions “A” Championship (sadly losing the final game versus BC in overtime). I try to go to the gym frequently when off season, which really helps me find a stress relief outlet as well.
- No. 2
Rocky Global Leadership Program (RGLP): A Space to Reflect
I applied to this Rockefeller Center program to learn to be more comfortable with being uncomfortable, develop a deep appreciation for ambiguity, improve my cross-cultural communication, and make time in my schedule for individual reflection. I’ll be studying abroad in London this coming fall in an economics exchange program, so I want to be able to practice these skills before spending time in an unfamiliar urban capital away from Hanover, New Hampshire. The RGLP cohort meets every Monday night, enjoying catered food, guest speakers, and ample time for discussion in small table groups. During Week 2, we head to Boston for a weekend trip which you can learn more about here! Last session, our workshop allowed us to try out Capoeira, a high-energy type of Brazilian martial art that blends elements of dance, music, and acrobatics. It was a super exciting time building our group’s aché, or powerful energy and fighting spirit, as we played with the new interstruments, learned the lyrics, and danced with partners and the larger group in a circle.
- No. 3
Getting Breakfast Daily
I try to read the news in the form of the Morning Brew, a daily email newsletter, every morning before eating breakfast at FoCo, Dartmouth’s main dining hall. My friend Ningning also loves to eat breakfast, so we usually plan to meet up at 9:20 a.m., before my 10:10 a.m. classes, each morning. I love when FoCo has watermelon in the fruit bar and you also can’t go wrong with a classic bagel and cream cheese—such a refreshing and yummy start to the day! I used to rarely get breakfast at FoCo during my freshman year, but have found that eating three meals a day definitely makes me more productive and energetic. I’m so glad I have an amazing breakfast buddy to chat with before heading to class too.