The Hidden Gems of DartmouthHere are some cool parts about campus that you may or may not have heard of!
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A bunch of my friends here love to go to the ceramics studio and make cool pieces of pottery! The studio is offered through the Hopkins Center of Arts and has classes you can take if you've never worked with pottery before. It is such a nice way to relax, take a break, and ease your mind after a long day of classes. The HOP also offers similar programs for jewelry making and woodworking.
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One Wheelock Coffee
Free coffee?? Sign me up. Down in One Wheelock Cafe in the basement of Collis, there is FREE coffee and hot chocolate. When studying, it is quite literally incredible. One Wheelock also has comfy couches and a cute coffee shop vibe. Lots of times they have live music and trivia there at night. It's a pretty cool place.
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This might be the most hidden of the gems on this list. Up on the fourth floor of the Life Sciences Center there is this marvel: the greenhouse. Especially in the winter, it is a perfect place to study and soak in some sunlight. Just simply being surrounded by the plants instantly puts me in a better mood. More people should really take advantage of this incredible study spot!
A Foodie's Tour of Hanover's Neighbor: White River JunctionAbout ten minutes down the road from Hanover is the beloved little town of White River Junction, and surprisingly, it has some pretty amazing food.
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Two words for you. Turkish Cuisine. It’s incredible. There are so many different types of kababs to chose from, and they still manage to have some pretty incredible vegetarian options. I’ve been there twice, once with my parents and once with my friend’s parents. It was originally recommended to us by our Writing 5 professor who grew up in the area. She really knew what she was talking about. Needless to say, I’m a big fan. 10/10 recommend.
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They call themselves a "modern apothecary cafe." Not entirely sure what that means, but I'm here for it. I didn’t know about this place until more recently, but boy is it good. It is tiny and very hipster-esque. They have tons of smoothies made with fresh fruits and vegetables, which are very refreshing. My favorite is the mint berry, but that’s not even the extent of it. They have food! Their avocado toast? Unparalleled. I’ve heard they have good coffee too, but I’ve never tried it. I’ve only been once, but hope to go again soon.
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Oh boy. This place is located right next door to Tuckerbox, and man is it an eye-catcher. The window is covered in plants and greenery with cute and vibey antique furniture to match the aesthetic. In addition to their drinks and their pastries, they also serve a full menu. Two of my friends have their own foodstagrams, and they cannot get over this place, which means you know it’s gotta be good.
How to Choose Classes at Dartmouth 101:
Here at Dartmouth we generally take three courses per term. With so many cool classes available, how on Earth do you choose? Here's my advice!
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Spread them out
Do you really like math? Or really like science? You want to take three math or science classes in a single term? I suppose that’s your prerogative, but besides being an obscene amount of work, in order to get the most out of your Dartmouth experience, spread your classes out! We are a liberal arts school with a wide range of interesting and unique departments for you to choose from! We are the only Ivy with a Geography department and are world renowned for our accomplished Native American Studies department, among others. Spread your classes out across departments so that you can experience all that Dartmouth has to offer!
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Vary your workload
In Dartmouth lingo, you might hear of something called a ‘layup’, or in other words, a relatively easy class where you can get an easy A. Key word: relatively. Here at Dartmouth, even classes you think might be easy may have a lot of reading or writing. Other classes will have a lot of midterms or exams. Some classes might be flipped classrooms, where you teach yourself outside of class and do exercises and workshops in class. You are not going to want three flipped classes in one term, nor are you going to want three reading and writing heavy classes or exam heavy classes. If you vary your workload by types of work that each class requires, you’ll be happier because you’ll be less bogged down by your course load.
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Step out of your comfort zone
Be adventurous! Try things that interest you! If you’re sitting here saying nothing interests me except ________, you’re wrong. There’s something else out there that you just haven’t found yet. Spontaneously take a class that you think you might remotely enjoy doing, and you’ll discover new interests! Furthermore, say you don’t think you are a ‘science' person, or vice versa, say you don’t think you are a ‘reading’ person, try to step out of your comfort zone! Don’t be afraid to try new things. Take advantage of all that Dartmouth has to offer in order to better yourself and your academic ability. At first, I thought I was definitely not a ‘coding’ person, but now I want to major in computer science! You never know where you’ll find a new passion.