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One thing that I like about Dartmouth is that it gives you a plethora of opportunities to explore—both in terms of academics and career. In this post, I will focus on opportunities for academic exploration, and in my next post, I will discuss more about the career opportunities here. 

Dartmouth's distributive requirement requires students to take courses in a variety of fields before graduation. On our way to fulfilling these distributive requirements, we oftentimes stumble upon really fun classes and fields that we wouldn't have the chance to explore otherwise, and sometimes, these fun classes even shape our major and minor choices.

For example, this term, I'm taking a computer science (CS) course, "Introduction to Programming and Computation," a writing seminar about Jerusalem, and a course named "Buddhism, Gender, Sexuality in Southeast Asia." As an intended mathematics major, I might have never thought about taking all these classes. However, Dartmouth's distributive requirements encourage me to explore fields that I'm entirely unfamiliar with, and I can't express how much I love these classes—now I'm considering religion and computer science minors!

Taking these diverse courses has prompted me to reflect on the rationale behind such distributive requirements. My writing seminar has introduced me to new dimensions of religion, history, and politics. Through close readings of historical texts from various cultural and religious perspectives and engaging office hours with my professor, my critical thinking and writing skills have significantly advanced. Even my computer science class, like linear algebra last term, has been a revelation. Having been scared of STEM subjects since elementary school, I never thought that in college, I would recognize the beauty in math and computer science's foundational logic.

In essence, my coursework across these different fields is converging on a singular lesson: the art of thinking both critically and creatively, a skill essential and irreplaceable in the age of artificial intelligence. To me, this epitomizes the essence of a liberal arts education!

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