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.
A Year in Review: My 2021 in Photos
For those of you who are unable to visit campus, here are photos of my first full year at Dartmouth.
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