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Congratulations on finding my first blog post! If you are a prospective student, parent, alum, or anyone looking to hear the perspective of a current Dartmouth student, I am honored that you have chosen to read my blog. 

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One of the many beautiful sunsets I have watched on the Green during my past 3 years here!
My name is Elina Pepper and I am a '22, meaning that I will (sadly) be graduating in the spring of next year. I was born and raised in San Diego, CA, so you could definitely say that moving to a small town in New Hampshire was a big change for me! 

I am one of the Senior Fellows in the Admissions Office this year, so I thought that it would be fitting to share with my readers why I chose to come to Dartmouth for my first blog post. You may be curious with the title of this post what my sibling has to do with any of this. Well, my older brother happened to be a '20 at Dartmouth, and like the competitive person he is, he bet me that I couldn't get into Dartmouth through the Regular Decision cycle. I had never considered Dartmouth because I wanted to be fully independent and not follow my brother, but after this, I knew I had to apply just to stick it to him. To put things in context for you, I was as qualified if not more qualified of an applicant than he had been, so in hindsight I realize that he just really wanted me to go to college with him. Fast-forward to March 2018 and I am doing a victory dance around my bedroom upon opening my acceptance letter, though mainly because I won the bet and not because I actually wanted to go to Dartmouth. 

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One of my headshots for the Admissions Office - I feel so old and official!
Little did I know that upon stepping onto campus for Dimensions (Dartmouth's admitted students weekend) a short month later, I would fall in love with what was to be my dream school. I had never had as engaging of conversations as I had with my fellow peers during that weekend, and I realized that the East Coast was calling me. Looking back, I am endlessly grateful for my brother and his insistence that I apply to Dartmouth. Given how close we are and how much he cares about my happiness, I know that he never would have told me to apply had he not thought that I would find my place here. He unfortunately graduated already, but I will never forget the amazing two years of overlap that we had at this incredible institution together!

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