After considering similar schools, I decided on Dartmouth for its outing club, study abroad program, psychology and brain sciences department, and—let’s face it—the dining hall’s infamous chocolate chip cookies. While my exact major plans are still a work in progress, I am currently thinking history with minors in anthropology and creative writing with a focus (much to my parents’ chagrin) on the pre-modern era.
History, Anthropology modified with Creative Writing
After years of focusing on the modern age, I am thrilled to learn about time periods and places missing from my mental map. I am also loving the fun facts (did you know Dholavira, a city in the Indus Valley civilization, had flush toilets in 2000 BC?).
Interning at a London academic publishing house specialized in history and international relations -- I found it through another Dartmouth student who had previously interned there!
Yesterday, having dinner with Sarishka, a fellow Dartmouth ’20 and one of my best friends since middle school, I mentioned having felt sad that afternoon. She knows I have a tendency towards occasional lackluster moments and immediately gave me a hug. “Sarah,” she said, “if that happens again, if you ever need to talk—“ So many of my friends have made that offer. I have made that offer to so many friends. “If you ever need an open ear—“ “If you ever need someone—“ “If you ever need a hug—“ “Please, please, please call me!” The offers are nothing if not earnest. We’ve all spent afternoons under storm clouds; we all want to protect our friends from the rain. When in the downpour ourselves, however, we are downright horrible at reaching for umbrellas. Happy to help others, we fear “burdening” friends by asking for help ourselves. I tell you right now: ditch that idea by the side of the road. Shove it into the mud puddle, speed down the highway, and don’t check your mirrors for miles. The most valuable lesson I learned last year (more valuable even than my realization that bathroom humor hasn’t changed in millennia--thank you, THEA 15: Classical and Medieval Theater!), is to go to friends for emotional support.