DartMYTHS: Social Life Edition
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.
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.