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skate rink

This weekend, I decided to go ice skating for the first time on the Green. Dartmouth has two ice skating rinks set up—one on the Green and one at Occom Pond, which is about a 5-minute walk from campus. Everything was planned quite suddenly, so unfortunately the rink at Occom Pond was closed when we decided to go (at 6:00 PM). Here's a quick recap of how my experience was!

The skates are borrowed from a container box right by the rink, operated by a group of students! I was surprised at just how many skates they had stored on the shelves, of so many different sizes. My friends and I arrived at around 6:30 PM, and there was no line as well. You borrow the skates with your Dartmouth IDs, so be sure to bring them if you decide to go.

A quick selfie with the friends!

The ice is resurfaced every morning; therefore, if you arrive pretty late, there's a good chance the ice is very rough and hard to smoothly skate on. This isn't really a problem for experienced skaters out there, but for beginners, it might be better to skate in the morning! There are also trash can bins you can use upside down as a support as you skate—it'll help you find your balance and stop you from consistently falling. 

Overall, especially for a Californian, this was a very exciting experience as I don't have many skating rinks near where I live. For those of you who haven't gone to the Green nor Occom Pond to try out skating, I'd advise you to go and make some fun memories! Be sure to take advantage of one-of-a-kind opportunities here at Hanover.

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