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Fall term = Beautiful foliage!

This term has been a transition period in a sense. It has been two terms since I have been on an on-term. On-terms at Dartmouth mean that you are taking classes, and can be done by taking a regular term of classes or even taking courses on a study abroad. The winter term of junior year was the last time I took classes. In the spring term, I had the opportunity to do a fellowship through the Leslie Center for Humanities on campus. In it, I worked on my short story collection set in a youth group. Over the summer, I had an internship at a church in Oklahoma, so I wasn't taking classes. 

I feel like it was a good decision to have my D-plan schedule work out so that I got a break from taking classes. The time away allowed me to explore various academic and professional pursuits, and also gave me time to remember how much I love the pursuit of knowledge. Coming into the fall term, I had a desire to simply learn. College, especially Dartmouth, really pushes for this.

Dartmouth Hall is almost ready for class!
Dartmouth Hall is almost ready for class!
My classes have helped me in this journey, and I am happy to get back into it. I am taking multiple senior-level classes, such as an advanced fiction class and a history senior seminar on human rights. Both of these classes are pushing students toward a final product at the end of the class. So for the creative writing course, I am focusing on a final manuscript of about 40 pages of narrative. For history, I hope to have a 25 to 35-page research paper on a topic relating to human rights. Currently, my idea is looking at religious responses to human rights in 20th-century Panama. My final course is looking at literature up to the 17th century. I am doing it for my English major, and it has become one of my favorite courses I have ever taken. It has been an amazing time diving into this literature and getting an opportunity to read more historical literature!
Snapped this pic while going to one of my favorite study spots, Aquinas House!
Snapped this pic while going to one of my favorite study spots, Aquinas House!
 I appreciate this term being one where I can rush into what Dartmouth offers. Every single day is a day of learning, whether through class, through conversation, or even through life experiences!

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