Riverside sunset
« All Posts by this Blogger
Beautiful cloudy evening by the McLaughlin cluster

We're back! Welcome to the 2023 spring term! I can't believe the class of 2027 has already taken shape. It seems like yesterday I was getting my class of 2025 merch in the mail… my how time flies. I'm almost finished with my second year here at Dartmouth, and it's been nothing short of memorable (just visit some of my past blogs if you don't believe me!). This is going to be a busy term packed with all sorts of adventures that I hope to document throughout the term. For now, I'd like to catch you up on my whereabouts, my plans for this term and beyond, and just lay the groundwork for the next few months.

Let's start off with spring break. It was great to spend some time with family, get a little rest & relaxation, and storm chase of course. I was reminded of why I love what I'm pursuing academically (meteorology), and I reconnected with that passion. My love for weather and climate has been apparent in many of my blogs, and it's been fascinating to see how my interests have evolved over my time here. My blog has kept track of that over the past two years. So, to the class of 2027, I advise you to be open to new academic adventures. Find the things that light you up and chase them (I quite literally chase mine with storm chasing haha).

Lightning bolt picture from my storm chasing
Managed to capture this pic while on my storm chasing adventures back at home. Look closely. It's actually striking the tree just a couple hundred yards from me!

This is spring term, which means that some of my favorite activities will open back up in the Upper Valley including fishing, golfing, and leisurely walks or a jog across campus. I'll be sure to post as many pictures of the spring vibes as I can throughout the term. I encourage you to find the pastimes that bring you as much joy as these do for me. Dartmouth has a rural campus surrounded by trees, trails, water, and beautiful skies. I highly recommend taking advantage of that during your time here. Even if it's only for a couple minutes, don't underestimate how much a simple walk across campus can do for you. As opposed to a bigger city, Dartmouth is quite literally in the middle of the forest. It's not a con, in fact, I think it's the biggest attribute Dartmouth has!

Sunny fishing day down on the Connecticut
Can't wait for scenes like these to return here in just a couple of weeks!

I'm also going to be dedicating a bit more time to my research this term analyzing severe storms back in the southern U.S. I'm grateful to say that I was recently awarded the Goldwater Scholarship to help fund my research career in the future. The support I've gotten at Dartmouth through my professors, advisors, and peers helped me achieve this honor. After this spring, I'm planning on going abroad to the Baltic countries! I'll be visiting my grandfather's home country of Latvia, and I'll be spending time in Lithuania and Estonia learning about government and energy. As a first-generation and low-income student, I'm very grateful to have this opportunity. Thinking about the fall term in September, I'm going to have a so-called "off-term" where I'll be pursuing an internship I'm currently lining up!

I very much appreciate you coming along with me during my journey. I can't believe my Dartmouth adventures are almost halfway over, but I've got another two full years of memories to look forward to. Congratulations to the class of 2027, your adventures await you!

Posts You Might Like