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Getting sick in college

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  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 31,143 Senior Member
    It's not necessarily terrible, but are you setting yourself up for having to make up for it later on? i.e. are their distribution requirements you will have to cram in later? One thing I'd look at is the requirements for these courses - will they have exams and due papers at the same time? Are they all heavy reading courses? When I was in college I found it helpful to offset the heavy reading and writing classes by taking studio art classes where the homework never felt like homework, or language or math classes which required a little work every night, but no last minute cramming for tests or all-nighters writing papers. But I know the temptation, my son said he was setting up his schedule for next term and he wanted to take nothing but computer science classes except for the required freshman writing course. His adviser wasn't too thrilled.
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 22,158 Super Moderator
    E,

    Don't worry about it. Your course load looks fine but it is going to be heavy on reading. I would suggest going to the SA guide to see what others have said about the course/professor so that you can get an idea of what you are in for. In addition, blitz the professor and ask for a recent syllabus. The great thing about college is that you are taking courses that you are interested in.

    You will be suprised tht everything will work it self out and you will discover a major or minor that you had not considered when you started this journey. D told me about a week ago that she recently realized that she will have a double major and a minor completed by the time she graduates this may (not intentional, just worked out that way simply taking courses she enjoyed).

    You know you have already knocked out the art requirement, and your freshman seminar will knock out a dist requirement (unless it is another soc course ;) )

    econ- soc
    govt5 -intl or soc
    pbpl- soc

    my only recommendation is that if you are looking to do a FSP or LSA next year, work toward knocking out those pre-recs.
  • mythmommythmom Registered User Posts: 8,305 Senior Member
    Well, those classes sound like my hell, but you know yourself best. Since Dartmouth is on the quarter system, not the semester system, you'll have plenty of time to take other things in your last quarter, so I don't think it's an issue.

    So so glad you're feeling better. Keep up the good work.
  • astrophysicsmomastrophysicsmom Registered User Posts: 4,326 Senior Member
    Ok, so I'll do the motherly nagging..... Just be careful, and take things slow, even though you feel better. People make the mistake of doing too much too soon, and end up getting sick all over again. (and wear a hat, and zip up your coat, and eat your vegetables, and....!!!) Glad you're feeling better!!!
  • cameliasinensiscameliasinensis Registered User Posts: 2,294 Senior Member
    These are the distribution requirements: one course in the arts (ART), one in Literature (LIT), one in Systems and Traditions of Thought, Meaning, and Value (TMV), one in International or Comparative Study (INT), two in Social Analysis (SOC), one in Quantitative and Deductive Sciences (QDS), two in the natural sciences (SCI/SLA), one in Technology or Applied Sciences (TAS/TLA).

    My first year, hypothetically:

    GOVT 7 (Love, Friendship, and Marriage) - TMV
    SART 15 (Drawing I) - ART

    ECON 1 (The Price System) - SOC
    GOVT 5 (International Politics) - SOC or INT
    PBPL 5 (Introduction to Public Policy) - SOC

    GEOG 15 (Food and Power) - SOC or INT
    GOVT 10 (Quantitative Political Analysis) - QDS
    SART ? (Some Art Class) - ART

    Requirements left to fulfill: LIT, SCI/SLA x2, TAS/TLA (four courses total)

    Not too bad, I think, even if I'm a little heavy on the SOC.
  • mythmommythmom Registered User Posts: 8,305 Senior Member
    astrophysicsmom: Could you email my son? He sat through the Williams-Amherst game yesterday in just a t-shirt until the forth quarter when he put on a sweat shirt. He has wonderful jackets (three of them!) that he refuses to wear. And vegetables? Haha.
  • cameliasinensiscameliasinensis Registered User Posts: 2,294 Senior Member
    Guilty as charged re: not wearing hats. However, I most certainly eat my vegetables (I'm vegan). :D
  • mythmommythmom Registered User Posts: 8,305 Senior Member
    E: DS could be vegan and only eat spaghetti and tomato sauce. No problem. If you consider tomato sauce a vegetable, then he's in. He's told me that he hasn't had one dinner in the dining hall that didn't include pasta. He's very skinny, but I worry that he'll develop a wheat allergy! He does gravitate toward salads whenever he's home, says they're not good at school, and he eats string beans when provided. I bet that's it.
  • paying3tuitionspaying3tuitions Registered User Posts: 13,330 Senior Member
    Cami,
    Can you really take courses called: "Love, friendship, marriage, food and power"??

    Gosh, those are all my favorite subjects.

    Move over, I'm coming back to college wit'cha.
  • cameliasinensiscameliasinensis Registered User Posts: 2,294 Senior Member
    "Love, Friendship, and Marriage" is my freshman seminar. It's inexplicably listed in the Government department when it's actually a philosophy course... we've read Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Kierkegaard, and Weil. I'm not particularly enjoying the course (I didn't get into my first-choice seminar) and am tempted to conclude that most philosophy is self-indulgent BS, but I will admit that I would never have picked up those authors on my own and that I'm probably a more interesting, critically-thinking person for it (though perhaps not in the ways my professor would like). I'm getting that well-rounded liberal arts education, for sure. :D

    On the other hand, the "Food and Power" class looks fantastic and I can't wait to take it.
    In a world glutted with food, why do millions still suffer chronic hunger? In an international community committed to free trade, why is food the most common source of trade wars and controversies? In a country where less than five percent of the population farms, why does the “farm lobby” remain so politically powerful? In societies where food has never been faster or more processed, why are organic and “slow” foods in such demand? These are among the questions this course will consider, drawing on the insights of both political economy and cultural analysis.
    <3.

    (And mythmom, I do find myself eating more pasta and marinara sauce here than I'd like to, although I try to maintain a relatively balanced diet. I miss cooking for myself!)
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 22,158 Super Moderator
    Cam,

    Take Engs 3 sophomore summer to fulfill the TAS requirement. You will meet a lot of your classmates (as this class is very popular - there were over 300 students when my d took it. Lasky broke it down in to 2 section and would take the class to dinner in groups of 15 to get to know them). D says Lasky is phenomenal, the course was interesting and if she had the opportunity to take this class freshman year, she may have become an engineering major.

    While you are on the food theme; she is taking a comparative lit class: From Hand to Mouth: Writing, Eating and the Construction of Gender
    Our perceptions of food are often limited to familiarity with its preparation and consumption, but do we consider food as an extension of the self or as a marker of class, gender and sexuality? This course will look at food as an intersection of production, consumption and signification, and at how different cultural traditions regulate gender by infusing food with socially determined codes. Readings include Margaret Atwood, Isak Dinesen, Marguerite Duras, Laura Esquival, among others. Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: W. Reyes

    She said this is a really great class also.
  • corrangedcorranged Registered User Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    I've been told that the intro drawing course is great for sophomore summer, too. Lots of non-artists take it, and it's very low pressure that summer since the students in it aren't big artists. My sister regrets not taking it then because she's nervous to take it during the year when students who can draw already take it.
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