你好! or hi! My name is Yutong, but feel free to call me Taylor. I'm a '27 from Beijing, China. This will be my first time living ten thousand miles away from home and my first time *embracing* the New England winter… Sounds kinda scary, right? But I guess that also makes everything more exciting! I'm also a big fan of Dartmouth Outing Club, and you can find me canoeing in the Connecticut River or taking a walk at Pine Park. I can't wait to show you my college life with my blogs!
Coming to Dartmouth with a solid background in French (Delf B2), I find French 3 a perfect fit for me -- it helps me to consolidate a lot of key grammar and vocabs, and fun weekly cultural activities like coffee hours and french lunch table offers me chances to relax in busy times. While the class is very rigorous and requires a lot of hard work, my professor is so nice and makes the class very fun! I also look forward to going to Dartmouth's Toulouse LSA program after completion of this class!
If you didn't physically visit campus before choosing Dartmouth, how did you make the decision to enroll? What factors influenced your decision?
This is a very good question! I faced a unique challenge as an international student applying during the COVID-19 pandemic—I couldn't physically visit the campuses of the schools I was admitted to, including Dartmouth. To make this crucial decision, I relied on a combination of online research, insights from current Dartmouth students, and perhaps a touch of intuition.
The standout factor that heavily influenced my decision was Dartmouth's remarkable alumni network. On the day I received Dartmouth's offer, Lei '06, Admissions Director of Dartmouth in China, sent me warm congratulations. Chris '98, my alumni interviewer, and others from the Beijing alumni reunion embraced me into the Big Green Family with unmatched enthusiasm. The tight-knit bonds that rapidly formed through this extraordinary institution left me wonderstruck. Dartmouth is not a cold institution but one big family in the woods.
Another significant factor in my decision was the combination of extensive research and intuition. It became clear that Dartmouth offered me the space I needed for personal growth and ensured my overall well-being. The university's unique D-plan system, characterized by its brisk yet flexible structure, promised both challenges and rewards that I was eager to embrace. Moreover, the incredibly accomplished and supportive professors, coupled with the abundant research and study abroad opportunities, made it evident that Dartmouth was the place where I could reach my full potential.
Last but not least, I have to emphasize the importance of physical well-being. Dartmouth's living and dining conditions were a crucial part of my decision. Dartmouth has solid living and dining conditions! Just as Virginia Woolf once wisely said, 'One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.' As a somewhat picky eater living, I can confidently say that Dartmouth's dining options and dorm conditions are solid. Furthermore, Dartmouth's DOC trips that take place throughout the weeks ensure that I can always find solace in nature.
When we think about the process of choosing a university, it often revolves around factors like rankings, financial aid, location, and class sizes. It's a logical approach, but it totally omits the spirit of the institution. Let me explain.
Around half a century ago, the Polish-American mathematician Marek Kac posed a rather intriguing question: Can you determine the shape of a drum by listening to its sound? Surprisingly, it took a while before we could answered this question..