Good Riddance, Snow!
As someone who came to New Hampshire from Florida, I was very intimidated by the cold weather. It took me a little bit to acclimate, for sure, but eventually I realized that the snow can be fun and that there are a lot of really great winter activities to do in Hanover. I even wrote a blog post about Winter Carnival activities for people who are afraid of the cold (aka me). But now, since it's finally spring, I can stop consoling you all about the cold weather and tell you just how BEAUTIFUL Dartmouth can be when there is warmth! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, so many students have emerged from who knows where to hang out on the green and on the Collis patio and basically every other green sunny space on campus. The absolute beauty of the Upper Valley in spring is worth trudging through all of the winter snow and rain. I can't help but tell you the best things about spring at Dartmouth because I am just SO HAPPY that the sun is out again!
- No. 1
Wearing shorts and sandals. I cannot stress to you all enough how much of a relief it is not to have to put on a jacket to go outside.
- No. 2
Studying on the green.
Or any other outdoor space on campus! It is very face-timey, so you might get a little distracted, but your body needs that Vitamin D after the eternal winter.
- No. 3
Biking, running, hiking, climbing, rollerblading...
All of your favorite outdoor activities are now so much more enjoyable now that the temps are above 50 degrees.
- No. 4
Spring is the term for Green Key, the annual concert weekend held on Dartmouth's campus. There will be so many activities and events you won't know what to do with yourself.
- No. 5
BBQs and picnics
Lots of Greek houses host BBQs on the weekends open to all students or as pre-rush events, and picnics by the river are always a great idea.
- No. 6
Swimming in the river.
I know this technically counts under the outdoor activities (#3) but it's really one of the most fun things you can do during the warm months at Dartmouth. Go exploring and find the rope swings by Mink Brook.
- No. 7
Trips to Ice Cream Fore-U (IC4U)
What may at first seem like a tiny little shack in a Home Depot parking lot is actually the ice cream shop of your dreams, boasting over 40 different delicious flavors and huge servings on the cheap. Located just a few minute drive away from campus in West Lebanon, you and your friends can make a trip out of it.
- No. 8
Farmer's Market on the Green!
A great place to pick up fresh fruit and veggies for those picnics with friends I mentioned earlier. Usually every Wednesday afternoon!