Slacking by the Slackline
Wednesday rolled into Hanover with a high of 83 degrees, and campus was kindly catapulted into warm weather. The Green was teeming with lounging students so we relocated to some sturdy trees off to the side of Tuck Drive, where we untied our shoes and put up our line. I'll be honest, I had never slacklined much before, and I did admittedly fall on my face a couple of times, but I don't think I could have been more content just being out in the sun. With the speaker turned up and friends gathered around, the setting was sublime, and it suddenly seemed as if the whole campus had decided put down their textbooks just for a while.
Halfway through week six, it seems as though the break was well-deserved; I was personally bombarded with essays and long-term assignments, whereas many others were kicking off their second round of midterms. Room draw for next fall had just begun, and so everyone was scrambling to make plans before their timeslot. But out in the beauty of New Hampshire, all of that stress seemed to fade away in an instant. There truly is something profound about the Granite State that sets Dartmouth apart; cities might be lively and suburbs convenient, but rural backdrop of campus provides the perfect environment to bask in the beauty of the natural world.
I'm not going to pretend like every day at Dartmouth is inundated with sunshine, as we certainly do get our fair share of rough New England weather. For "outsiders," I hear it does take some adjustment, but it makes the better days all the more rewarding. There's just something special about those times when half of campus is out on the Green, throwing frisbees or playing spikeball, sunbathing or reading beneath an open sky, that really fosters a sense of home. If you haven't been on campus to experience it yourself, it's a sight you need to see to believe. If you can find a nice day to make a visit, I would strongly recommend it. This may sound crazy, but Dartmouth is one of those schools you have to feel for yourself to best comprehend, and I promise you won't regret it.