I have way too much fun planning. I think classes are my favorite thing to plan about my time at Dartmouth. You know how on Macs, they have the “Top Sites” page when you open up a new tab? Well my Banner account, where you go to pick classes, is listed there now…with other sites like Youtube, my favorite web comics, Gmail, and Sporcle. I think I look at classes more than I watch television or surf Facebook. That’s a good thing, right? (Just nod your head, it will make me feel better.)
There are just so many possibilities to consider. Class topic, professor, time – sometimes it gets to be a bit much because I literally can’t hold all the information in my head. I don’t mind courses in the morning or going to class on TuTh (Tuesdays and Thursdays) in addition to MWF (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), but a lot of my friends choose courses that only meet later on MWF. Then there are the distributives that they fulfill, which I’m not really worrying about right now, but eventually I’ll be looking for a CI, TMV, etc. I apologize for my abbreviations – I think it’s another sign I’ve spent way too much time on Banner. Anyways, I especially like looking at the teachers’ reviews, especially on the site that the Hacker Club resurrected (don’t worry, “hacking” is another word for Programming, and the Hacker Club works on some awesome projects). A great teacher can make you really enjoy thinking about subjects that you’ve never thought about before.
Speaking of new subjects, it’s my goal to take at least one crazy, creative, out-of-the-box course each term. On the agenda for winter term: ethnomusicology, in which I’ll learn about non-western music whilst playing musical instruments I’ve probably never seen before and learning from visiting musicians. To work towards my goal, I’m already planning (no surprises there) a list of interesting courses that I want to take by the time I graduate.
D-planning is harder to do as a freshman in my opinion, especially because there are so many variables up in the air. Most freshman take summer off, but I don’t mind staying on-campus if it means I can land a really interesting internship or study abroad program some other term. D-planning started with my nearly-obsessed friend (you know who you are :P, but no judgment, since I clearly cannot judge anyone). I caught the disease from her, and now I’ve come up with a tentative plan for my first three years here (let’s not mention the hours that went into that). D-Planning also leads to discussions about housing next year with my friends, which I won’t even go into here – it’s complicated.
Anyways, when it’s course registration time, I tend to get very little work done. It’s a pity that course registration opened just before midterms, but I did fine on my tests, so no worries. But now that’s its Thanksgiving break, I can relax, do a little studying (not go on Banner…hopefully that part works out), and reconnect with my family and friends from back home.
I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!