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ASK THE DOSCs: An Introduction to Late Night Snacking 101

In light of the busy midterm week that is THIS WEEK, we gathered some thoughts on what to eat and how to eat during crunch time. Pick up some tips/insights into the art of late-night snacking.

Jina says:

I’ve heard that eating an apple wakes you up better than a cup of coffee. Sugary stuff late at night really slows me down even though I’m craving the junkiest of junk food. Diet soda does a pretty good job of keeping me on task.

Caitlin says:

I’m a big fan of the free tea and coffee in One Wheelock- nothing beats study stress like free stuff!

Rachel says:

I am a huge stress-eater and late-night-snacker. I try to keep it healthy (cheese sticks, carrots, hummus, etc.), but usually, if I make it to Late Night, I grab a mozz stick or two and sometimes taste the pasta option.

Chinedu says:

My new favorite healthy snack is bananas with peanut butter on top. It’s sweet and salty goodnes!

Jihan says:

I resist my urge to eat food at night as much as possible if i have an exam next morning, because that would just upset my stomach badly in the morning. on the other hand, if i have a paper to push through overnight and if i’m nowhere to be done with it yet, i unleash my wild love for greasy food like steak queso, onion rings, and chicken wings. by the way, late night hop is open til 12:30am every night!

Angela says:

Probably not good advice to take, but lots of sugar and caffeine from KAF and Novack.

Maryam says:

Sour patch kids and smoothies which have glucose to feed the brain.


ASK THE DOSCs: Talk About Your Favorite Profs

Meeting new professors and building relationships with them are undeniably valuable academic/personal experiences one can have. Because of its relatively small faculty (who ACTUALLY teach classes)-student-ratio, Dartmouth allows undergraduate students to easily engage in meaningful conversations with profs both inside and outside the classroom. Here are what some of our DOSCs have to say about their favorite professors at Dartmouth, how they met them, and WHY they like them.

Caitlin says:

Although I’ve enjoyed many of my classes, the two professors who stand out most for me are Professor Kull in the Chemistry department and Professor Robinson in the Psych/Neuroscience department. Full disclosure: I’m a pre-med psych major so these weren’t classes I took for fun, but these professors made their classes fantastic. Kull taught me Biological Chemistry (Chem 41) and managed to unify a large body of material-concepts from chem 5, 6, 51 and 52, bio 12 and 13 and physics 3 and 4, into one cohesive survey course of biochemistry. It was the first “pre-med” class I really liked. Professor Robinson taught my senior seminar on Addiction. The subject is cool and Robinson made it very real for us while teaching us about the neurobiology of addiction. Professor Robinson also included many different teaching tools and assessments in the class so I never got bored, even though it was a 10A.

Jesse says:

Although I’m a neuroscience professor, one of my favorite professors was Amy Gladfelter from the Biology department. She taught cellular biology, more lovingly known as Bio 12 for our  premed friends. She was incredibly enthusiastic about the material and taught with such endearing energy that I couldn’t help but recall the same sense of excitement you’d get when your middle school science teacher would put on a VHS Bill Nye episode. It’s very rare to find someone as intelligent and kind as she. If you have to take Bio 12 for whatever reason, wait until Amy Gladfelter is teaching it. I guarantee it’ll be one of the best Dartmouth teaching experiences you’ll have.

Si Jie says:

My favorite Prof is Karen Gocsik from the Writing Department.

Since freshmen fall, I have taken 4 classes with Karen and thoroughly enjoying her friendship in and outside of the classroom. She’s insightful about life, ideas and writing, which is important to us in whatever career we are pursuing. Take a class with Karen, and you will become friends of a lifetime!

Alicia says:

John Rassias of the French and Italian department is one of my favorite professors at Dartmouth. He is the developer of the Rassias Method, originally created to train volunteers in the Peace Corps and also used for the College’s language drills. Taking French 40 (“From Page to Stage: The Greeks Invade the French Theater”) with him was an experience of its own. We were energetic (difficult for 2 o’clock in the afternoon), engaged, and inspired during every class. He is also extremely kind and personable, and I would recommend every French student to enroll in a class of his before graduating.

Have questions about how to approach profs outside of classroom? Ask any of our DOSCs!

ASK THE DOSCs: Starting Your Term Off Right

Welcome back from spring break! The first week of term isn’t even over  yet, but there are plenty of things that you can do to save yourself trouble during the rest of term and making sure it all goes smoothly. Here are just a few tips from your friendly DOSCs about their stitches in time to save nine.

Rachel says: “I like to schedule everything in my iCal right away – meetings, classes, other commitments. I also put in all of the big assignments (papers, exams) in each of my classes so that I have an overview of the term and can plan ahead for the weeks that seem the busiest. I also like to schedule one-time meetings in the beginning of the term; even though I feel busy now, I know I’ll only get busier as the term goes on.”

Jingna says:”Let’s see. I like making sure I get off to a good start by printing out most of my readings, taking out the books that I need, transferring my syllabi into my iCal, running errands, vacuuming, washing the sheets, planning out meals with friends, and getting in as much exercise as possible before things get crazy!”

Jihan says: “I try to plan my schedule flexibly during the first week. Especially if I’m not hundred percent sure what classes and/or activities I’ll be taking/doing, I try to space things out so that I don’t overcommit myself earlier in the term and get crammed in the middle when actually important things come in my way.”

Pierre says: “Set up a detailed calendar with EVERYTHING for the term in the first week.”

Angela says: “Like a lot other DOSCs, I try to write everything down in my planner during the first week so I know which weeks are going to be the busiest and can plan around that. I also do my best to stay on top of my readings and studying now before everything goes crazy and things get left by the wayside. It saves time when exams come around. Also, don’t forget to check in.”

Si Jie says:

CLASS: Avoid shopping. Emailing the professor beforehand and learning about the waiting list from the department administrator is a more efficient way to get into a favorite class.
ACTIVITIES/CREDITS: Always check banner for check in, degree audit, and PE class registration to make sure everything you need to do for the term is ready.
WORK ON CAMPUS: Work-study students, make sure to visit JobNet to grab available jobs for the term! word of mouth is also a way to go.

Plus, the Dartmouth Academic Skills Center has got some wonderful blank weekly, termly, and even 4-year planners to help you map out your term now. Visit their website and scroll to the “Time Management” section to download the templates and a detailed academic calendar for Spring 2012.

Ask the DOSCs: What to Do During Freshman Summer

So it’s about the time of year when we start planning ahead for the summer. For sophomores, it’s usually a given – staying in Hanover! But how about freshman summer? We asked the DOSCs what they did their freshman summer, to give you an idea about the various things that people do, whether it’s relaxing at home or scoring some sweet research opportunities.

Jingna says: “I took organic chemistry at Harvard. This option allowed me to get both credits that I needed for orgo in one term. I’m glad I did it because I was able to just concentrate on orgo without other classes or extracurricular activities to worry about. It was definitely intense, but it felt kinda like I was back in high school. We had class or lab for half the day and exams every week. Other schools also offer a speed course in orgo like this, but I loved being in Boston.”

Angela says: “I was pretty uncertain about my major and I was pre-med at the time. I didn’t want to go home and I didn’t really know what I was interested in, so I wound up staying at Dartmouth over freshman summer and taking classes – namely, Biology 13 (Genetics), Biology 14 (Physiology), and Digital Game Studies. I learned fairly quickly that 8 hours of lab a week was not for me, and it pretty thoroughly convinced me that I was not as interested in Biology as I thought and that pre-med is also not what I’m interested in. It was one of those things where you find out you don’t like a subject, but you have to take it to find that out. On the other hand, I made some great friends and I got to explore my interest in video games academically (totally recommend Digital Game Studies for anyone who’s at all interested in video games). Plus, Hanover during the summer is totally gorgeous.”

Jihan says: “I worked at a human neurogenetics lab at National Institute of Health on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, making DNA libraries from ethanol-treated neural stem cells. The laboratory was within the walking distance of my home – so I didn’t spend money or time wasting on transportation and food, which really helped my financial situation. In many ways, it was my first REAL laboratory experience, where I had a chance to plan the experiment, order the needed materials, do the experiment, troubleshoot, repeat the last two steps infinitely, and finally make a poster and have it presented to others at the end of the summer. Rumor has it that research experience can be a ‘hit or miss experience’ for pre-med students. For me, thankfully, it was a hit, and really helped me appreciate the art of scientific investigation and the reality therein. I would have not had my first year summer experience in any other way. To find more about what I did, check https://www.training.nih.gov/trainees/summer_interns

Caitlin says: “I worked as a lifeguard freshman summer. It was a good experience; I made money and got to hang out at home with my friends. The best part was I got a tan while working.”

Akwugo says: “I worked as a fiber optics research assistant with Professor Elsa Garmire. It was a very enlightening and rewarding experience. It was definitely a good way to begin my major. It is never too early to start researching!!!”

ASK THE DOSCs: Managing Stress During Midterms

Unfortunately at Dartmouth it can feel like once your midterms start, they just never stop until finals are over. As many a Dartmouth student will tell you, the 10-week term (or 9 weeks, in the case of winter) goes by at breakneck speed. So, as one can imagine, knowing how to manage your stress and not burning out are incredibly important. Some DOSCs share their tips on how to manage their stress. However, keep in mind that not all these tips will work for everyone, and it’s important to find out what works best for you.

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Ask the DOSCs: Academic Passions and Majors

A lot of sophomores right now are thinking about what major (or majors, or minors, or modified majors, or entirely new majors) they want to declare, and it’s also not far off many freshmen’s minds either. But the truth is, the process of finding a major can often start far earlier than that, and more often than not it’s more of a question of finding what you’re truly interested in. The major, hopefully, should fall in line with that – but not always. Sometimes the major isn’t a perfect fit with what we’re interested in, but it’s possible to work around that. With this in mind, we asked the DOSCs how they found what they truly loved to do, and how it fits with their majors.

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