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Welcome! You have successfully stumbled upon my intro page, the perfect place to begin (or continue) probing into all that Dartmouth has to offer! First things first, my name is Brian Drisdelle, and I’m a ’21 (freshman) from Burlington, Connecticut. Before coming to Dartmouth, I was a junior hockey player, a writer for a hiking blog in my hometown, and a self-taught hobbyist programmer and web designer.

Me on the Presidential Range
Me trying to spot Dartmouth but getting blocked by Mt. Washington
As a New-Englander, Dartmouth has been on my radar since a young age, but when the time came to search for colleges, I found that not a single other school matched my interests nearly as well. From hiking to hockey, academics to athletics, I could truly hear the voice crying out from the wilderness, and I knew from then forward that our fates were intertwined. Now that I’ve moved onto campus, I plan to pursue engineering physics and economics, but since Dartmouth is a liberal arts institution, I get to explore interests government and mathematics as well. When I'm not in the classroom, I can be found skating at Thompson Arena with the club hockey team, hiking and climbing with the Outing Club, or even partaking in campus journalism. As I just moved in myself, I’m still trying to work out what’ll fit into my schedule, so I’m sure that list is bound to grow! Here are a couple of fun facts that make me seem totally unscholarly, just to break some misconceptions about Dartmouth students:

  • I don’t generally read in my free time. In fact, I can’t remember the last book I read for pleasure. Everything from Harry Potter to The Da Vinci Code, I’ve never touched.
  • I’ve never played a game of chess. I did learn this last year how most of the pieces move, but I haven’t actually gone up against an opponent.
  • I don’t think that the writing for the last two seasons of Game of Thrones was sub-par. I know that’s an unpopular opinion amongst devotees, but so what if they don’t kill all the favorite characters anymore? There’d be no plot left!

Anyway, I’m super excited to be writing for this blog and to answer all of your questions about being a Dartmouth student! I hope to give you all some insight into why our college is the best place on earth, and moreover, why you should apply this fall! I hope to see you all on campus soon!