Hi guys! The name's Tulio (yes, like the guy from Rio) Huggins, and I am a '23! I am from the beautiful state of Pennsylvania, where I have lived for the past couple of years. I am double majoring in History and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. In my free time, I love to hang out with friends at Christian Union, Apologia, and my fraternity; read; and take pictures! Feel free to ask any questions you might have. I hope that you all have a blessed day!
History & English with Concentration in Creative Writing
This history class is dedicated to investigating the history behind current events. In this term, we looked at the history behind immigration, Silicon Valley, and affirmative action. And in the final weeks of the term, we were able to choose what we wanted to learn about, and we chose to look at the history of impeachment. It is a very cool class with great class discussions. I would highly recommend!
COSC 1 is an intro to Computer Science course. I had never taken a CS course, so learning the new Python language was definitely tough! Even so, I learned so much about how to code, and the help provided by TAs and the professors is invaluable in this course!
This was the first class I ever took in the African and African American Studies and Religion Department. It opened my eyes to the various ways African Americans in the Jim Crow era survived when the world was stacked up against them. I would highly recommend!
This class was a creative writing class, and it gave me a lot of insight into what I as an author should want my readers to do when they confront the piece. It was an amazing class, and it was so cool to be able to take it in London!
What do you wish you knew before attending Dartmouth?
Going up to Dartmouth, I had an idealistic view of how college was going to go. I was going to get great grades, I was going to make the best of friends, and I was joining a bunch of clubs (I've talked about this vision of college in a couple of other blog posts that you can find on the admissions site). And though these visions of college are great, and I have achieved them to an extent, this wasn't my reality. College is great, but it can be stressful, tough, lonely, and hectic. You are in a new environment starting school at a world-class institution, and for some (like me), you're just 17. There are a couple of things that I wish I went into Dartmouth knowing that would have made my time more smooth.
First off, I needed to realize that college was going to be TOUGH. Yes, with hard work and dedication, I was able to finish the school year strong, but I didn't realize that that would come with me staying up after midnight in Baker Library finishing up papers. I didn't recognize that I would have to spend hours working on one Computer Science assignment because I couldn't get one concept down. I needed to realize that college came with a lot more work than in high school and that I would have to work harder at time management.
Second, I had to come to terms that making friends could be tough. Don't get me wrong, you can still be best friends with the people you go on First-Year Trips with, but that isn't always the case. I really found my group of people this Winter Term, and it is bound to expand and shift in the upcoming terms. I didn't have to make lifelong friends the minute I got on campus, and that's okay!
Lastly, I wish I knew doing every single club I was interested in wasn't plausible. In the first couple of weeks of the Fall term, I loaded my schedule with a bunch of different activities, from a club sport to a student journal to a Christian group, not knowing that my course load was going to expand a lot in the upcoming days. Though it is possible to join a bunch of clubs, for me, I feel like joining a couple would have been better for my stress levels.
All in all, everyone's first year at Dartmouth is unique. But knowing these three things will help you have a productive and memorable experience on the College on the Hill!
Recently, I've had the pleasure of talking to a few prospective students through Dartmouth Admissions. After sharing my experiences and fielding questions on virtual panels and high school visits, I'm reminded of my own college process.