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Inhale the clean scent of nature, surround yourself with Hanover's flamboyant foliage, and observe skies void of city lights and skyscrapers as I welcome you to the woods–more specifically, my neck of the woods! My name is Brendilou, a member of Dartmouth's Class of '26, and this is my first blog post! Let's get to know each other.

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A grassy and stormy Nebraska horizon!

I come from a place unknown to most, one that is often overlooked on road maps and the Weather Channel: Chadron, a tiny town in northwest Nebraska. Coming from a community smaller than Hanover (approximately 3,000 people smaller), my Ivy League-oriented dreams seemed nearly impossible, both financially and academically. With a student population of only 280, my high school had previously sent only three other students in the span of many years to Ivy League institutions (none of which being Dartmouth). This statistic discouraged me to even apply–that is, until I discovered QuestBridge. As a first-generation, low-income student, the QuestBridge National College Match was a blessing, and matching to Dartmouth seemed to be an act of pure luck. 

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Me committing to/circling Dartmouth after matching through the National College Match on December 1st!

So for the next few months and years, this blog will act as my diary, showcasing virtual pages of my adventures here at the College on the Hill for you, dear readers. I couldn't be more excited to document the true college experience through the eyes of a first-generation student!

A few fun facts about me: my favorite word is pumpernickel, my favorite type of pen is the black 0.7 Pentel Energel, my favorite niche place to visit is Art Alley in Rapid City, SD, and my favorite movie is La La Land. I am an only child, a Filipino-American, and a prospective software engineer and/or professional musician–I am not entirely sure which yet. But, that's the beauty of Dartmouth: ambiguity is praised, and I couldn't be more excited to take advantage of my indecisiveness! 

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My favorite piece of artwork in Art Alley

I hope that by the end of my four years here, I'll have discovered my path–but for now, follow me as I lead you on my journey to that point!


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