From Sibling Rivalry to the Best Decision I Ever Made!
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.
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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For me, having a close-knit community played a vital role in my college search. Dartmouth's respect and love for Indigenous and Latinx students inspired me to apply. These factors all played a role in my decision to ultimately attend Dartmouth.
Not me! I actually was looking at the painting of Dr. Martin Luther King. But anyhow, welcome to my blog. Prepare to go on an adventure.