Why Dartmouth? (Without Ever Setting Foot on Campus)
Last year, I stepped onto campus for the first time. No, not for Dimensions (which if you can, you should go to, by the way)... not even on a random weekend just to see it. I had committed the next four years of my life to Dartmouth despite having never even visited the state of New Hampshire. It might sound a little crazy, but I felt like I already had a good enough idea of the school and didn't feel like I needed to. Here's why (and how) I chose Dartmouth, without visiting campus:
The alumni never stop raving about their time here
I stalked the College social media
Dartmouth's Instagram has some magical photos of campus.
Beyond the surface-level beauty of this place, I got a better idea of what Dartmouth values as a part of its identity based on what they photographed, what they emphasized in their captions, etc. Also, you're already starting off in the right place since you're reading this post right now! All of us bloggers experience Dartmouth from different perspectives, and we're a great way to catch a glimpse of what Dartmouth has to offer.
Dartmouth didn't enter my college search radar until I attended this multi-college information session. I wasn't remotely interested in Dartmouth before attending that info session: I had discounted it because I thought that the student body would be too small for my taste. I changed my mind entirely afterward. I discovered two things about myself: first, that I actually did not want to go to a large school (I found that larger schools felt more impersonal), and two, that I should really consider applying to Dartmouth. Of all the other schools that presented, Dartmouth stood out most to me because it felt so personal and because of ...
... the emphasis on community
A gut feeling
I debated adding this headline to this post because it's so vague, but "a gut feeling" is honestly the primary reason I chose to come to Dartmouth. I could devote a section of this post to listing off all of the statistics, fun facts, and characteristics that I found about Dartmouth back when I applied, but honestly, I just felt emotionally drawn here. As much research as I did, I chose to come here because I had a feeling that it was the right fit for me.
I was not wrong.