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Dancing around the green

Hey y’all! I’m Catherine and I’m a first year student (or as we call it here, a '22) from Houston, Texas! Welcome to the blog! Between First Year Trips, New Student Orientation, and the first week of classes, it has certainly been a whirlwind of a time. Here at Dartmouth I’ve already sunriked a mountain, swam to Vermont, harvested honey at Dartmouth’s Organic farm, and seen seven not-yet-released movies at the Telluride Film festival through Telluride at Dartmouth. Needless to say, I’ve been having a lot of fun.

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Sunrise
Sunrise over the Appalachian mountains of New Hampshire from my sunrike on First Year Trips

Now for a little about me. I love any and all types of books, movies, and music. I’m a big foodie. I’ve danced at my local studio since I was about three, but now I’ve devoted most of my time to lacrosse. Here at Dartmouth I plan to get involved in the club team! I’m pretty pumped about it. I’m also thinking about joining the club ski team in the Winter… here in college it’s all about trying new things! Though I no longer dance in the studio and chose not to try out for the many Dartmouth dance troupes (which you should! They’re amazing!), you’ll probably find me dancing through campus – when I’m studying, when I’m eating, when I’m walking… literally anywhere. That’s also a big thing about Dartmouth! The spontaneous dance parties here during First Year Trips and New Student Orientation are unbeatable.

As I said, I’m from Houston, Texas, and having lived there my whole life, moving up to the Northeast has been a pretty major culture shock for me. I recently found out that Texas is the only state with a pledge, no one has any idea what homecoming mums are (I assume you don’t either, if you’re not from Texas), and some people fight me when I say "y’all." Sorry not sorry, it’s a real word.

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Homecoming Mum
This here is a homecoming mum. Big, extravagant, and extra, just like the rest of Texas.

Though I’ve already had so many amazing experiences, I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me here at Dartmouth. Stay tuned... it’s gonna be a wild ride!

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