An Introduction: From GA to NH
Hello! My name is Arianna Dunkley and I'm a '27 from the Metro Atlanta area in Georgia (approximately 1000 miles away from Dartmouth). Throughout my life, I have adapted to warm weather from living in Jamaica, moving to South Florida, and ending up in north Georgia. I am unsure how I will brace myself for the colder temperatures of Hanover winters, but I am accepting puffer recommendations from anyone.
A few facts about me:
- I love listening to music! My favorite artists are the Weeknd, Mac Miller, SZA, Frank Ocean, and more.
- My favorite spot on campus to do homework is the Tower Room in Baker library.
- I am in love with the açai bowls from Collis.
Though the past few weeks here have been hectic (my Google Calendar is exhausted), I've been having a wonderful time on campus. The community at Dartmouth has welcomed me with open arms since move-in day to now. In an effort to condense the lovely moments I have experienced, I will share my top 3 favorite moments on campus and the intriguing traditions that are embedded in the school's history.
- First-year trips
First-year trips is a traditional outdoor orientation experience that places first-year students into small cohorts with different trip types. It is a 4 day adventure that allows students to bond with their tripees and learn how to adapt to a unique environment. I was placed on the Cabin Camping and Cooking trip with 8 other first-years and 2 trip leaders. My favorite part of the trip was making pancakes and burritos! I also loved dancing at Sklodj (Dartmouth's Skiway Lodge) and meeting new people.
2. S'mores Night
Although this is not necessarily a tradition, orientation leaders held a S'mores night for first-year students to roast marshmallows and relax with friends after a long day of orientation programming.
- Twilight ceremony
The twilight ceremony marks the beginning of first-year students' journey at Dartmouth, as students walk from Collis to Bema with lit candles (not a safety hazard, I promise!). It is an initiation ritual that ends orientation programming and welcomes students to Dartmouth's community.
I'm excited to share more of my Dartmouth adventures with you all as I navigate through the New England winters and walks across the Green!