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Me standing in front of Baker Library

Hi everyone! My name is Chelsea and I'm so excited to share my first blog post with you all. I've already had so many new experiences in the 3 short weeks (well, 18 days) that I've been on campus. 

Washington Momument
A beautiful view of the Washington Monument in DC at sunset

But first, I should give myself a proper introduction. Like many other '26s, I'm from the DMV area. Contrary to popular belief, the DMV is not only where you go to take the road test for your driver's license. It also refers to the Washington Metropolitan Area. While I adore my suburban hometown of North Potomac, Maryland, I've quickly fallen in love with rural Hanover. 

The thought of learning how to ski here makes the winter seem a lot less daunting, even if I do end up embarrassing myself on a bunny hill. I'm sure that organizations like POCO (People of Color Outdoors) and the DOC (Dartmouth Outing Club) will help my transition to Winter Sports. I could use the harsh push outside of my comfort zone. At home, I consider my occasional hot girl walks to be outdoorsy enough. Otherwise, I love to bake desserts and pressure my family into eating them (I'm the only one with a sweet tooth). I was really involved with community service and philanthropy at my high school, and I hope to continue this service at Dartmouth. 

As far as academics go, I'm a bit overwhelmed with all the amazing departments Dartmouth has to offer. For now, I'm planning to major in Psychology and minor in Classics on the Pre-Health track. I'm a bit of a nerd when it comes to anything concerning the brain. My dream is to become a neurologist someday. Other subjects that I'm interested in are sociology, anthropology, linguistics, and, of course, neuroscience.  

My first-year trip group in front of the Dartmouth Ski Lodge
My first-year trip group in front of the Dartmouth Ski Lodge

Okay, enough about myself now. I'm sure you're more interested in what I'm doing on campus. So far, I've been through First-Year trips, Orientation Week, and somehow survived the first week of classes. First-Year trips are a student-led pre-orientation program that is centered around spending a week in the outdoors. I had so much fun with my trip group. But don't worry, I'll tell you guys all about it soon enough. I can't wait to share more of my Dartmouth experience on the blog and I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about me. Stay tuned for more!

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