Hi guys! The name's Tulio (yes, like the guy from Rio) Huggins, and I am navigating my first year at Dartmouth! I am from the beautiful state of Pennsylvania, where I have lived for the past couple of years. I hope to study either Government or History, but I'm open to other majors as well. In my free time, I love to hang out with friends at Christian Union, to paint, and to take pictures! Feel free to ask any questions you might have about Dartmouth. I hope that you all have a blessed day!
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!
Did you experience culture shock when you first arrived at Dartmouth? If so, what type of culture shock did you experience (i.e. was it relating to socioeconomic classes, ethnicities, etc) and how did you deal with it?
I think it would definitely depend on the person. In my experience, I came from a majority-white area, and so being around more people who looked like me was definitely different! However, I think a common occurrence of culture shock is with the reality that everyone at Dartmouth is really smart and successful. There are smart computer programmers, proficient writers, excellent speakers, creative engineers, practically professional athletes, and so much more. For me, that reality that I'm going to college with all these talented people was a culture shock, and it definitely led me to believe that I was just average and not talented. This response was normal, but it was important not only to realize my own worth and accomplishments but that I didn't put my identity into those accomplishments. It was also important to focus on doing my best, not necessarily being the best, something my dad always tells me.
So yeah! Not being the smartest person in the room is a culture shock that many Dartmouth students go through. But that's okay! As long as I know my worth, that's all that matters.
Like many of my classmates, Dartmouth is the first private school I've ever gone to. Coming from a small Southern town, the vast majority of people I know don't travel more than a few hours away for college.