Venturing Beyond Hanover
Though there are a ton of things to do on the Dartmouth campus on weekends, (for example: I had to skip out on a woodworking workshop, roller skating, apple picking, AND a movie night with my friends) traversing outside Hanover can be necessary. This weekend one of my best friends invited me to their college campus in Massachusetts and the hardest part was figuring out how to get there and back. Though traveling along can be incredibly nerve wracking, I found a combination of Zipcar, amtrak, and the bus system to be easy and stress free!
The closest train station to campus is in White River Junction which is an 11 minute car ride, a 23 minute bus ride, and a 2 hour walk (yikes!). Since I'm a freshman without a car as well as a non-athlete, the bus ride to the train station was the most plausible option. The bus stop is right outside the library near Novack Cafe (a pretty central spot on campus) and to get to the amtrak station you just need to take the green line and tell the driver you're going to the White River Junction station. According to the driver I had, you can also just say you're going to "amtrak." She told me never to say "White River Junction" because it confuses the drivers. The ride was very pleasant and I talked to the driver the entire time since the bus was pretty empty.
Though scary at first, I'm excited for the next time I travel off of campus.
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