Ode to spring
Contrary to popular belief, and I promise I’m being truthful, warm weather is indeed a thing in New Hampshire. In fact, Spring in Hanover has been absolutely beautiful, and campus is just stunning once adorned with flowing trees and nature’s vibrant hues. Students begin to flock to the Green to study and to spend time with friends, the banks of the Connecticut River become a popular spot to spend the days, whether that means laying out on the docks or hiking down to the rope swing. Windows start to open and the subtle buzzing of blowing fans beings to fill dorm rooms across campus. Shorts and flip-flops become the casual attire, and bikes begin to coast slowly down Tuck Drive once again. Not the winter wasteland you imagined? Well, if cold weather’s not your thing, you can always adjust your D-Plan.
And in the Spring sun, the Granite State becomes an outdoor playground. From weekend Rumney climbing trips to Presidential Range traverses, even to less-ambitious slacklining with Safety and Security in front of Tuck, it seems as though all of campus tries to maximize their time outside. I’ll admit that it’s much harder to study with sunshine and laughter diffusing through your dorm room window, but sometimes it’s just best to cave to the pressure and spend some time napping in your hammock. With 80º temperatures, it’s too hot to study anyway.
From hiking to kayaking to biking to climbing, Dartmouth’s campus is in incredibly close proximity to some of the best natural settings that the East Coast has to offer. Flanked by mountains and abutting the Connecticut River, the Upper Valley is the perfect spot to revel in the season’s beauty. Spring brings out the best of the outdoors, and so there’s no better time to pick up a new activity, to cultivate a new interest, or just enjoy the magnificence that New Hampshire has to offer. But words don’t do it justice; there’s something profound about the College’s seat in the hills, and it’s part of the reason I fell in love with it. If at all possible, I truly recommend that you come see it for yourself this spring, and maybe you’ll fall in love with it too.