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Myth: There's nothing to do in Hanover 

Believe it or not, this is something I was actually asked by a friend when I decided to come to Dartmouth. Compared to big cities like New York, L.A., or Chicago, Dartmouth may feel like it's smack-dab in the middle of the woods--but, for me, the location is a definite plus. I've always been the type of person who prefers to adventure during the day rather than party at night, and this was something that worried me when coming to college. I was afraid that the excitement and new-ness of frat parties and living without parents would make it difficult to create genuine connections and find a 'social scene' that suited me. Thankfully, I've been able to find people who also love to be social and adventurous without the presence of alcohol. I had an amazing time on my first-year trip, which prompted me to join the Dartmouth Outing Club, an organization through which I have met a lot of my close friends. Day-trips to go rock climbing at Rumney or hikes to Mt. Cardigan provided me with an automatic way to meet people, and I continue to be as involved as I can now that I'm an upperclassman.

Rumney rocks are only about an hour from campus--and they make for some great climbing with even better company!
As much as the Dartmouth Outing Club has allowed me to meet some pretty great people, I've happily found a number of other social outlets for when I'm really not up to being outdoorsy. My freshman floor was the very first group on campus that I truly felt connected with, and I'm still good friends with a number of my freshman floor-mates even now. Some of my fondest memories from my first year include dance parties and late-night conversations with my floor. I had never lived in a dorm-like setting before, so constantly being surrounded by friends made impromptu hang-out sessions and study room movie nights an exciting common occurrence.  
Two years later, my freshman floor-mates continue to be some of my best friends at Dartmouth.

Myth: The social scene is pretty exclusive

As you can probably infer from above, I am not really a frat party kind of girl. Nevertheless, it is true that much of our 'night life' at Dartmouth is focused on Greek life and fraternity parties. Though I choose not to partake most nights, the parties are open to ALL of campus, so I know that I always have that choice. Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, I'll usually receive close to a dozen emails about a capella shows or toga parties that will be going on in Greek Houses that evening. However, instead of frat parties, my friends and I will usually choose to go to a dance party in one of the affinity houses, a Gala event for an on-campus organization, or play late-night laser tag, bubble soccer, or whatever other weirdly addictive sporting event Collis After Dark has chosen to host.

My friends and I LOVE a good excuse to dress up, so gala events provide the perfect opportunity to borrow each other's dresses and go out!
Fitting into the social scene at Dartmouth was the thing I was most nervous about coming to college. I did not know anyone who had attended Dartmouth in the past, so I didn't know what to expect. Thankfully, I've found a number of social outlets that suit me very well, and I've made some pretty incredible friends in the process.