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!
Have you ever encountered family friends in the supermarket who ask how your year is going? They’re interested, they want to hear about your life, but they want to hear about it for twenty seconds and then return to their shopping. In those situations, my standard, snappy response is that what I love about Dartmouth—beyond my friends and my classes—is living in the “middle of nowhere.” You may have heard Hanover is not exactly a metropolis -- and it’s amazing. Without the distractions of streets teeming with tourists and kids from a million different schools, Dartmouth’s rural location fosters interpersonal connection and self-reflection. Of course, the city is there when you want it—on the way back to campus after spring break, my friend and I spent the day in Boston exploring neighborhoods and the MFA, an art museum free with our Dartmouth IDs. After dinner, we took the Dartmouth Coach, a bus service (with free movies and snacks) from South Station to Hanover and got back in time to chat with our friends before turning in for the night. There is nowhere I would rather be than here, by the river and in the mountains, and nothing I’d rather do than explore it (and our thoughts!) with my friends.