Jan 302015



I entered into college knowing I wanted to be an Econ major, but had no idea what area I wanted to specialize in or what exactly I wanted to do with it.

Economics is one of Dartmouth’s largest departments, graduating about 200 students a year (15% of each class). Surprisingly, however, Dartmouth Econ classes all have caps of 35 or less and are all taught by professors, not TAs.

Economics can be applied with many different disciplines and you’ll often see students modifying the major with another discipline that suits their interests. There are students who combine it with biology, computer science, and many other areas. For me, I am interested in behavioral economics and decided to be an Econ major with a Psychology minor.

The Economics department offers study abroad opportunities through exchange programs to Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and to Keble College, Oxford University in London.

While there are many students in the department, I never felt forgotten by the faculty. Every Econ professor I have had has taken their time to remember my name and are always a great source of information about opportunities to further my studies.


Jan 272015

I would say as an introvert-at-heart that has become surprisingly social while at college, the groups and organizations of people you choose to be involved with on-campus offer some of the most wonderful experiences you will have! The Native American community at Dartmouth has offered me a space to grow, laugh, and feel like even though life is still a big mystery and I have yet to choose a major (So many choices!!), that I am valid and headed in the right direction. Make sure to to be open-minded and excited about what you choose to involve yourself in on campus as it is your time to explore.

Everyone enjoying a traditional Potawatomi dinner cooked by Corinne Kasper '17

Everyone enjoying a traditional Potawatomi dinner cooked by Corinne Kasper ’17

Think about what YOUR ideal space is and where you naturally feel most comfortable. Having people to look up to who will help you explore your identity and navigate your college experience is something crucial to look for, but also something that is honestly not hard to find at all on campus! It sounds extremely cheesy but just be YOU, and you will come across a place that fits perfectly and makes you feel whole.

Some of our Dartmouth representatives at the Yale All-Ivy Native Council Conference.

Some of our Dartmouth representatives at the Yale All-Ivy Native Council Conference.

Aside from the presence of a safe space and great role models, some of my favorite memories as a member of Native Americans at Dartmouth have been through networking opportunities sponsored by the group that I would have otherwise never found by myself. This included interning for the College Horizons program over the summer and attending the All-Ivy Native Council at Yale University. Native Americans at Dartmouth has all around been a wonderful part of my college career and is helping me build the future I want for myself.
NAD representatives bonding at the All-Ivy Native Council last Fall.

NAD representatives bonding at the All-Ivy Native Council last Fall.

Jan 262015

It started in the 6th grade. My obsession with Grey’s Anatomy, that is. Since then, my childhood dreams and desires were to mirror those of Dr. Cristina Yang, future cardiothoracic surgeon, or even a neurosurgeon. Point is, I really wanted to be a doctor for a long time, mostly to help people and save lives, but also to rock a white lab coat all hours of the day and feel great while doing so. Since that moment, my entire academic trajectory changed. I lived, breathed, and ate medicine. I participated in as many science clubs I could (shout out to MESA), and even enrolled in a medical magnet high school, in which I found myself interning at a hospital my junior year.

Then I got to college.

Dartmouth opened my eyes to so many great areas of study that did not involve medicine or science. I began taking courses in the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies department, and the Geography department (the best in all the Ivies!). Slowly, I began to gain more interest in these two departments than anything else. The majority of my classes were centered around AMES and Geography. What was happening to me? I needed to strongly reflect on my future and decide whether or not I even wanted to be Cristina anymore.

I was scared. I invested so much of myself into pursuing medicine, that I was afraid of letting it go. What future would I hold now? It took about a year and a half of my college career to finally put my dream of being a doctor to rest. I realized that my reason as to why I wanted to become a doctor (ie helping people, creating access to health for people who lack it, etc) could be done without going to medical school. My heart lies in being of service to others, but there are so may paths available to do that. So I dropped it. I started taking more classes in Geography. I started learning more about social injustices and inequalities. I started becoming more and more inspired to address these disparities.

My point is that you shouldn’t be afraid to explore. Don’t be angry at yourself for changing your major once, or even three times. Some people enter knowing what they want to major in, and some don’t. Most change their mind more than once, and that’s okay. Honestly, just take classes that interest you, and everything will sort itself out!

Jan 192015

Hello there, incredible smart and talented applicants!


In just a short time, you will be starting your college career at what I believe will be a great institution for you, Dartmouth or otherwise.


Luckily, I found a great home at Dartmouth, but the application and admission process can be quite taxing. It causes you to constantly wonder whether or not you are “good enough”. Trust and believe that regardless of the decision, you and your application impressed the Admissions Officers at Dartmouth. The fact that you even chose to apply to Dartmouth showcases your bravery, drive, and determination. Here are 3 tips I recommend for dealing with a declined or rejected offer of admission. Best of luck!


Kevin Gillespie ‘15


  1. When one door closes many more can open


Remember that you are very smart and very talented. You have spent your entire life thus far proving exactly the aforementioned. Many colleges and universities will be impressed with what you offer to their community and their incoming class. If Dartmouth says “no”, just think of how many more schools now have the chance to say “yes”. Talk to your counselors, friends, family, mentors, etc. about where you should apply now. While Dartmouth hones incredible leaders and intellectuals, many institutions do the same. New doors are now wide open for you–now you have to dare to enter.


  1. Remember that you are more than your application

Though your application may be a summary of your hard work, it is certainly not the end all. Scores, grades, and accomplishments are only part of your story. When you begin the process of applying elsewhere, be sure to showcase as much about you as possible. I often find that the students who tend to be admitted do well at this. Treat your application as a story you want to tell. Something compelling, heartfelt, and colorful. Crafting such an application goes far beyond the paper form itself. Show your inner picasso or einstein. You are truly incredible. Now is your time to shine even brighter than before.

  1. Have fun



Remember that elementary school you? Yeah, the kid that didn’t think much about college,  jobs, research, or Model UN?  Remember to be this person. College is so much fun! You are about to have what may very well be the funnest time of your young life. Dartmouth may have been the platform for said fun, but even if it isn’t, all hope is not lost. College is more than a new start to the awesome resume you’ll build in the next four years–it’s the place where you’ll make new friends, interact with incredible professors, and build an incredible you! More so, don’t forget that you are finishing your last year of grade school. Create memories that will last a lifetime and remember that the college admissions process is only part of that.

Well, I hope these few tips help you to relax and recall how epic of a human being you are. The answer from Dartmouth may be “no”, but the fun, crazy, and overly engaging moments you hope to have are still straight ahead!

Jan 192015

Never having the privilege of exploring places outside of my hometown of Los Angeles left a hunger in me to explore the unknown. Right out of high school, that unknown was the small town of Hanover. Upon my admittance I couldn’t wait to explore all the things Dartmouth had to offer. However, I was left with this deep fear of the winter. How would I survive the below freezing climates?

I’ll never forget the day I first saw snow. I was in my freshman writing course and snowflakes began to fall from the sky. It seemed as if I wasn’t the only one who had never seen snow, because the professor let us go outside and touch it. In retrospect, I laugh at how excited I was to touch the few snowflakes that fell on my hand. Once the snow stopped falling (you could barely call it snow), fear struck me. How would I survive??

I immediately bought hundred dollar snow boots, invested in heavy sweaters and socks, and bought too many pairs of thermals that are now sitting in a box in storage. After living in 3 Northeastern winters, I think it’s safe to say I know how to maneuver my way around them. I’ll now be addressing some worries I had as a tropical-climate-loving person, and how I was able to stay warm and still enjoy Hanover winters.

1) I’ve heard it gets to -20F.

The short answer is yes, and sometimes it can be colder. Currently, it’s 26F and I praised the climate gods for giving us some warmth. Coming from a city where it’s always 70-80F, I never thought I’d be happy for weather in the high 20s. I know what you’re thinking, but don’t get scared! Although it’s cold, the buildings are heated pretty well, and the only time I ever spend outside is when I’m walking to class, for food, going to the gym, or participating in certain activities that require snow. So even though it’s -20F sometimes, it’s not like you’re reading on the Green in -20F (unless you’re into that sort of thing).

2) But -20F is still cold.

Yeah, I get it. Even if you are inside 90% of the time, there’s a high chance you’ll have to leave your room for food at some point. From my experience, average winter days are usually from 0-25F, increasing in heat towards the end of the term. It’s honestly not as bad as you think. Once you’re armed with the proper gear, you rarely ever feel the effects of it.

3) What do you mean “once I’m armed?”

Well, living in this season requires preparation. You don’t expect you’ll wear a light sweater and have that keep you warm, do you? I know I was never used to the thought of layers, and they felt uncomfortable when I first began layering my clothes. Now, I can only think in terms of layers, even in the Spring when I don’t have to layer ever. Thanks, Hanover.

To be completely serious though, if you properly layer, you’ll be fine. The key is to have many layers of warm clothing you can peel off as you get hot. As I mentioned earlier, the buildings are heated pretty well, and you’ll begin to sweat once you enter a classroom. Layers for me include an undershirt as a base, a sweater on top, and then my big heavy coat. Sometimes, I even wear leggings under my jeans if I deem it necessary. It really all depends on your tolerance but I find that two to three layers of clothing is right for me.

4) Help. I was only going to pack cardigans and Vans.

Worry not! Speaking from someone who invested hundreds of dollars into unused “heavy duty” winter clothing items, I’m here to suggest affordable, reliable, and durable essential items for the fall.

You will need boots. There’s no other way around it. I personally invested in LL Bean Boots*, which, if admitted, you’ll find that lots of students own here. They’re durable (I’ve only had one pair my entire time here), and have a lifetime warranty.

Any sort of heavy duty boots will do. I know people go as far as to invest in Sorel Snow Boots which are about $125, to $25 combat boots. As long as you have a pair of water-resistant boots, you’ll be fine because the next item will keep you warm.

*I am not being sponsored to say any of this but if LL Bean wants to sponsor me I would not not let them, you know?

Wool, to be specific. If you’re anything like me I didn’t even know this was a thing. Wool socks will keep your feet warm because they lock in heat. As long as you have wool socks, you should be fine with any pair of boots.

Gloves, Hats, Scarves
Optional, but better if you have them. Really any will do as long as you have some sort of protection on your hands. Hats can be a must if your jacket doesn’t have a hood. If you still feel a little wary (I wanted to buy a ski mask my freshman year before winter) I would suggest the rather-safe-than-sorry method of buying a hat. I  personally am more of a scarf person. I have dozens of scarves in my room ranging in thickness and material. I find that my thicker scarves keep my super warm when walking outside. Get some scarves, or if you’re like me, crochet and knit your own!

You only need one, really great jacket to keep you warm for the winter. Some people go as far as investing hundreds of dollars into theirs. I’ve realized it never has to be that expensive. For me, my favorite winter coat is a large down jacket. The feathers in a down jacket make sure to retain heat and is part of the reason why I feel comfortable enough wearing only 2 layers sometimes.


That’s about it. Really, I’m not joking. These are some essential items to keep you feeling nice and toasty. Toasty enough to even explore outside! The really great part of Winter at Dartmouth is the opportunity to partake in snow-filled activities. That’s honestly the best way to fully enjoy the winter. You can go ice-skating on Occom Pond, have a snowball fight between friends, or even go skiing. The possibilities are endless and you’ll find yourself wanting to participate in these activities more so than actually staying inside your room.


Winter Wonderland

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Jan 162015

IMG_0568My winter term during my freshman year was the first time I really experienced winter to its fullest glory. As a California/Texas native, winter usually did not account for anything new, besides the slight dip in temperatures.

Stepping off the bus at the beginning of winter term, I was greeted with plentiful snow and a new personal definition for cold. At first I asked myself, “Why did I do this to myself,” but throughout the term I discovered Dartmouth is indeed a Winter Wonderland with a Winter Carnival to go with it!

Here’s a picture story of a Californian experiencing Winter for the first time.


Traction does not exist during the winter. Slipping and sliding is the way to go.


I was welcomed on campus by a wonderful snow storm.


Learning how to ski at the college-owned Dartmouth Skiway. Uplifting, yes, but it was all downhill from there.


Fun at the moment. Not so fun afterwards.


Sledding at the golf course at 2 a.m. Class at 9 a.m.


Do you want to build a snowman?


Indoor ice skating, jamming to Frozen’s “Let it Go”.


Attempting to break the ice while skating at Occom Pond.


The ice broke me. 4 am trip to the E.R. Pro-tip: don’t walk up ice paths.


I was bid a farewell with another snow storm. Mid-March. ‘Nough said.


Winter is a blast. It will be fun. It will hurt. But it will change your perception of “cold” forever.

Dec 082014

“New Hampshire?…I’ve never met somebody who goes to school in New Hampshire.”-Many people back home

This reaction was something I came across often during my college tenure. I am from Los Angeles, CA- 3000 miles away from Dartmouth! Most people from my community are not very familiar with New Hampshire…I mean I surely wasn’t until visiting Dartmouth. Though very far from home, there are some great reasons to go to school outside of your hometown as my experience has shown me. Whether your hometown is much closer to NH or further than L.A., here are 4 benefits to going to school away from home.

1. Get out of your comfort zone
No matter where you go to college, you will experience change- the transition from HS, new friends, and new activities. I view college as a place of tremendous personal growth in just 4 years. Going to college away from home gives you the opportunity to experience something new. Hanover, NH is just about the complete opposite of where I grew up and what I had been exposed to. That’s what I wanted- something completely different. It’s a fresh start in an entire new place. You will have to push beyond your personal wall and open yourself up to what the new environment has to offer.

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2. Experience something new
Ever seen the four seasons change before your very eyes? Ever jumped into an ice-cold pond and swam for fun? Ever gone apple picking and then made apple crisps with your friends? Ever arrived to a campus 3000 miles away from home and knew nobody? Ever participated in a community pond party where people are doing sofa races on ice? Ever star-gazed with your friends on a golf course? Ever gone to another person’s house for Thanksgiving and Easter without your family? This list could go on and on. This is a taste of my experience of all things new in New Hampshire. What is new to you post-hs will be different than my experience. Welcome change in your life. Re-locating geographically for college is one of the major ways to foster change and new experiences. Know that in being away from home, the new will probably outweigh the familiar…and that is okay! Adventure awaits!


3. Independence 
You’ve probably heard that in going to college you gain a new level of independence.  And it’s true! College is sort of like this weird stage, where you are kind of independent, but not completely so. For me, being far from home was my way of beginning to understand what it’s like to be an independent young woman. Though I could still call my family, they were no longer immediately there to pick up the pieces or do the things I didn’t want to do (like laundry lol). I had to adjust to this very different environment without them being there to guide me through each and every step. You also have the opportunity to come to terms with your identity, ideas, and beliefs in an environment that is foreign to you. What better way to really grapple with you are as a person and who you want to be. With this new gained independence I matured immensely. Being away from home isn’t always easy, but because of my experiences, I feel a bit more ready for the “real world.”

walk alone

4. Understand how friends really do become family 
Prior to attending Dartmouth, everybody told me, “Your college friends become your lifelong friends.” I thought sure they do, but why does college have to be that place? Dartmouth showed me how true that statement was. You live with these people, eat with them, study with them, hang out with them, and the list goes on. In such an environment, your close friends see you at your worst and at your best. They encourage you, they love with you, laugh with you, and cry with you, just like family would do. We are all maturing and experiencing this new environment together. When you are far from home, you need to have community. You need to have support systems so you know that you are not alone. As I am in my senior year, I have people at Dartmouth who mean the world to me. They are not just my friends, but my chosen family: brothers and sisters from many different backgrounds- all across the nation and the world. I knew that in going to NH, I would partake in very diverse networks and meet many new people, but I did not know what the depth these relationships would mean to me. My Dartmouth experience wouldn’t be what it was without my friend family.


I hope this post helps you think through some of your college decisions. Feel free to reply below. I am happy I took the risk to go cross-country for school. Yet, I know that going to school far away from home may not be for everybody. Whatever your decision may be, may it be brave and the right one for you. 

Until next time,
D-Moore :)

Dec 082014

I began my junior fall frazzled at the thought of not having plans for the winter. I didn’t have a solid idea of what I wanted to do, but knew that I wanted it to be geared towards working with a nonprofit in a foreign nation. After speaking with a couple of friends and mentors, I was recommended to visit the Dickey Center to check out potential internships.

The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding collaborates with the college in work that aims to address global challenges. As a student on financial aid, the Dickey Center was one of my three main sources on campus to receive funding for internships or special projects that I was interest in (which I’ll speak later about). Just in 2013-14 alone they funded over 95 projects in 35 countries all over the world. Upon entering the Dickey Center, I was reassured I would find an internship for my junior winter. More importantly, I would be able to find an internship that I would be psyched about doing, without worrying how I was going to cover the cost of my ticket, rent, meals, and transportation while there.

Through the Dickey Center I was able to go to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and work with a nonprofit that collaborated with indigenous communities in surrounding areas. This nonprofit and my specific role as an intern was to approach the issue of healthier ways of living. I was granted the opportunity to visit several communities, and develop a health curriculum based on the suggestions and curiosity of the communities.

Meeting with weekly women’s circles to discuss various topics centered around women’s health.

The opportunity to engage with a different culture than mine was life altering. Outside of work, I was able to travel and visit amazing sites I wouldn’t have otherwise. I explored underwater caves, visited limestone water parks, went ziplining and chilled on a lake on top of a volcano. I was able to fully submerge myself into the experience without worrying about the cost of living because the Dickey Center funded all of it.

Courtesy of Jillian Maeve

I know you’re thinking there was to be a catch, but really, there isn’t! One of the greatest characteristics about Dartmouth for me is the accessibility. If there is something you want to do but don’t have the economic means to do it, there are multiple financial sources to pull from. The main three are the Dickey Center, the Rockefeller Center, and the Tucker Foundation. The Rockefeller Center funds more political/government based work while the Tucker Foundation has funds available to do service work. I do want to stress that these centers are more than just the money they offer, but just know that if you have an idea or a job opportunity, these centers are available to help you out.

Besides these centers, there are research grants for potential research projects, and other mini sources you can ask to fund you. Aside from the money, there are also professors and staff members who are willing to help you with anything! Working with the Dickey Center was one of my greatest experiences in that they provided me with the living cost of my internship, but also working with the members of the Dickey Center was an invaluable due to their endless help and support. At Dartmouth I’ve come to realize that everyone wants to help you reach your goals as a student and furthermore, as a global citizen.

fall back

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Nov 142014

To decry the absurdity of there being just 1.5 weeks left before the end of my penultimate (!!!) Dartmouth fall term, I choose not to recount what has passed this term. Instead, I will review past fall terms! In particular, my sophomore fall, which I spent off campus in Seoul, Korea.

falloff1The beginning of my off term was rough. I flew straight to Incheon International after my German LSA ended with nothing lined up for the term. No internship, no cool service project, no plans. The first week after Berlin, I spent most of my time inside. Korea is notoriously hot during August, the weather was only just cooling, and I was pretty tired of working and thinking. By the weekend, though, my parents were demanding that I look into labs at all Seoul universities and email professors who didn’t have more than ten people in their labs already. Of course, I only sent three emails by the end of the weekend, so it was with GREAT fortune that one of the professors got back to me later that week. That e-mail was my salvation, and I will never forget how grateful I was when I visited the professor the next Monday and she took me on as an intern. Unfortunately, my arrival coincided with one of the biggest holidays in Korea: Chuseok, Korea’s autumn harvest festival. I had to wait until the next week to start working, but with something to do set in place now, I enjoyed myself while I could. I visited my family, ate a lot of food, and met up with some friends who had come on exchange to Dartmouth from Yonsei University and one of my Dartmouth friends who was on exchange to that university.


Yum, shaved ice set. One of the many things I ate before the weather turned frigid!

Once work started, though, free time definitely took on a different meaning. I was in the lab from 9-6 Monday through Friday, and the travel time was a whopping 45-50 minutes one way. I would wake up at 7:20 each morning to make lunch, eat breakfast, dress, and then run out the door around 8 to catch the neighborhood bus that would take me to the subway station. If I made it out by 8, there was no traffic and it took ~7 minutes to get to the station. If I was running late and I got out at 8:10, I would be late to work. From that subway station there was a 15 minute ride, a 6 minute transfer, and another 5 minutes. If I wanted to walk to the lab from where I got off the subway, it took 25 minutes. If I took the bus up to the back of the lab building, 10-15 minutes depending on how full the bus was. There was a park on the way I would pass by which was beautiful in October/early November:



Admittedly there was a lot of sitting in the lab, and an hour long lunch break around 12, but the process of going to the lab and working totaled me. The first thing I always did when I came back home at 7:10-7:20PM (a full 12 hours for this entire process) was go to our fridge and take the first thing I saw. I would carry this item of food to the living room and scarf it down, then turn on the TV and watch blankly before stirring myself to eat a real meal (once my mother caught me in the midst of my very important vegging time and suggested I take the next day off). I would read a book before watching the latest episode of the Walking Dead (the only worthwhile show on from 9-10PM), and then go to sleep. Free time became the only way my body could catch up and wake up the next day, and I finally understood why my parents always insisted on making me do the household chores after coming back from work. It’s just really really tiring.

I did do a lot of great stuff in the lab though. The lab was focused on researching transcription factors of neural cells. There was a lot of stem cell research but mostly my duties were preparing DNA, propagating, transforming bacteria, and preparing eggs for DNA injection. Once I prepped a lot of eggs and took a picture ha:

IMG_1256The DNA was then injected into the spinal cord of the embryos, which was crazy. I had a chance to inject 12 eggs over the course of the internship and took maybe three hours total. The DNA being injected was dyed, and it was really easy to just squirt the dye in the sac and then not be able to see the spinal cord at all, which meant that injecting into that egg would not be happening. I also ran a gel before I left, which was awesome, and I got out a product that hadn’t shown up before.

view from the rooftop of the lab

view from the rooftop of the lab

Overall it was worthwhile, but I can’t say I didn’t miss being on campus. I didn’t really have that many friends in Korea, and was too busy to meet them regularly as well, which definitely made me feel a little shut up at times. Fall was beautiful but too short, and once the weather got cold it was difficult to make myself go outside (the way home was also very very dark and grim in the winter). I’m really daunted by the prospect of preparing for yet another off term in the spring, but I’m starting early on planning and am already thinking about where I want to be. Right now though, I’m perfectly fine being here on campus and taking classes. Being a student is truly the most straightforward occupation.

Nov 072014

Dartmouth Student Assembly made this video to tell you why they want you here.

The Student Assembly is the official student government of the College and their representatives and delegates are elected by the students. One of their roles is to strengthen students’ participation in the College’s decision-making process and their members sit on various boards. And they do want you here…