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Picture of me in front of the U.S. Capitol building for my internship orientation!

And just like that, I'm wrapping up my second year of college. No doubt, my time so far has flown by. But when I consider all the memories I've made over the past two years or so, I'm reminded that time truly does fly by when you're having fun (just look at some of my past blog posts if you don't believe me!). I'm grateful that you've been along for the journey up until this point, and I certainly hope that you've benefited from reading about my perspective on the Dartmouth experience. You will undoubtedly take your own journey, but these posts are meant to give you guidance and, hopefully, a little wisdom as you prepare for college. I'm sitting in a small diner in Washington D.C. as I write this during week 10 of the 2023 spring term. I'm participating in an internship orientation that requires me to be in D.C. for the last week of classes, and this small journey has shown me that I'm truly transitioning into an adult, and you all have gotten to see me mature over the past few months!

Dark and ominous clouds behind the U.S. Capitol building
A stroll around D.C. and storms to go with it?! I truly am a blessed person.

The somewhat bitter-sweet tone is due to this, possibly, being my last blog post for quite some time. This summer, I will be studying abroad in the Baltic region, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to do so. More specifically, I'm adventuring to Latvia (where my mother's side of the family is from), so I will get to fulfill my family's dreams of someone visiting their home country. I feel incredibly privileged that this gets to be me. I won't be blogging this summer, but I will be sure to tell you all about the memories I made this summer as soon as I get back to blogging! After the summer, I will be taking an "off-term" as a part of my Dartmouth D-Plan, and I'm not entirely sure if I'm planning on blogging during that time as of right now. So, I'm not sure when I'll start blogging again after this post, but I'm certainly grateful that you've stuck by my side all this time.

Picture of some beautiful flower blossoms on my walk around Occom Pond.
I'm already missing the beautiful blossoms around Occom Pond!

I will be back on campus and certainly blogging during the winter of 2024 (mentioning 2024 as a time in the not-so-distant future is somewhat frightening to me), and I'll be sure to catch you up on all of the adventures I've embarked on during the past six months. Until then, I encourage you to get rest and spend time with your family during the summer before your first year of college. Ahead of you lies an incredible, unique journey at Dartmouth, and I wouldn't trade the memories I've made here for anything. From the research that I've been involved in, to the connections I've made at Dartmouth, I couldn't ask of a better place to complete my undergraduate education. I'm truly blessed to be a part of this community. As a part of this blog post, and as a sort of farewell for the time being, I strongly encourage you to go back through some of my earliest blog posts and see for yourself the journeys I'm talking about. You'll undoubtedly see how I've grown through the evolution of my rhetoric, and I'm grateful for the growth I've undergone!

This is goodbye for now, but I'll be back!

Gavin Fry

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