GSC Social Chairs: Chad Piersma and Jessica Goold

On July 23, 2014 by Grad Forum

goold_piersma_thumbnailThe Graduate Student Council (GSC) welcomes Chad Piersma and Jessica Goold as the new social chairs for the 2014-15 academic year. Piersma did his undergraduate work at Dartmouth where he completed a double major in engineering sciences and mathematics, as well as played for the baseball team. He is now in the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) Program at the Thayer School of Engineering. Goold is starting her third doctoral year in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PBS) where she is studying the neural mechanisms of perceptual learning and general visual processing.

Piersma, a GSC student representative for MEM this past year, credits his friendship with former social chair, Erin O’Malley, with sparking his interest to become social chair himself. Furthermore, he suggests that his “unique background of having been both an undergrad and grad student at Dartmouth could help me to enhance further events.”

When asked what they are most excited about this upcoming year, Goold says, “I am most excited about the fall social, it is the first social that incoming graduate students experience and it will have a lot of influence on people attending the rest of the dances and social events.” Piersma agrees, saying that the fall semi-formal and first-year dinner are two events that he is especially looking forward to. “[These] events are going to be held early in the fall term so the weather will be great. In years past, the fall semi-formal has actually been hosted on the BEMA where we rent a large tent and invite Arts and Sciences, Geisel, and Tuck students, so we are definitely looking to bring that tradition back,” he remarks. As for his favorite GSC event, Piersma points to another traditionally fall term event: the annual Halloween party.

GSC social events are important venues for Dartmouth graduate students to make friendships and take much-needed breaks from their rigorous studies, according to both Piersma and Goold. “Graduate students come to this little town from all over the world, and making friends can really make or break your graduate school experience. The social events are a good place to relax, meet people outside of the programs you’re in, and take a little break from academics,” says Goold. Piersma adds, “Besides the obvious fact that everyone could use a scheduled break from the graduate student grind that we all fall into, I feel like these events give a great platform for students to foster relationships with students of different programs that they would normally not interact with.”

With Piersma and Goold at the helm, the next year of GSC social events should be exciting. Goold sums it up best: “[We] hope to have a lot of fun parties this year, and look forward to everyone coming out!”

by Jeanine Amacher

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