There are various pieces of Dartmouth that make it special. Here are six of my favorite things about Dartmouth in no particular order! I am only in my sophomore year, so it will be interesting to see how my responses change in the future as a sophomore and junior! Like always, if there is anything you would like to learn more about, feel free to send a question through the blog!
- No. 1
1. Favorite Library Spot: Sherman Art Library
The Sherman Art Library is connected to Baker-Berry Library and contains a variety of information about subjects like Art History and Studio Art. It is my favorite part of our main library, Baker-Berry, because the walls are full of books, and the artificial lighting, as well as the natural lighting, helps me stay focused. Moreover, the room is always quiet, allowing me to stay on task and feel like I am in my own world.
- No. 2
2. Favorite FoCo Dessert: Churros/Apple Dumplings
I couldn't choose only one dessert for this category! FoCo, '53 Commons, Dartmouth's dining hall is usually always great with desserts. They tend to be warm and there is always something new! Both their apple dumplings and churros are great desserts because they are always ready and warm for whenever I need to grab a quick bite. During these times, you will usually see me stashing extra desserts for later.
- No. 3
3. Favorite Season On Campus: Fall
I have been on-campus for all of my freshman year except for summer, and have gotten to experience fall twice. Based on what I have experienced so far, I would say fall is my favorite season to spend on campus because there is a lot more sunlight than the other seasons --- even when it gets to cooler temperatures! Moreover, I enjoy seeing the fall foliage because the colors are beautiful, and I feel like students tend to not feel as drained since the academic year has just begun. Lastly, there are so many delicious warm treats to compliment the weather!
- No. 4
4. Favorite New Thing I Have Learned: Cross-Country Skiing
During my freshman winter, I was able to learn how to cross-country ski with the FYSEP (First Year Summer Enrichment Program) community. Our director, Jay Davis, taught us on the small slopes next to Occom Pond. It was my first time trying out any type of skiing, so there were a lot of tumbles, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a cool activity to embrace the winter weather and learn to love the snow rather than grow to dislike it.
- No. 5
5. Favorite Thing About Dartmouth's Location: Stargazing
I love that at night, when I am walking back to my dorm from the library, I can look up and see the stars and constellations. Dartmouth's remote location makes it easy to take a trip to the golf course at night and simply destress while admiring the stars. Stargazing is not as easy back home and it is something I feel very fortunate to do while at Dartmouth.
- No. 6
6. Favorite Spot to Relax: Shattuck Observatory
There are several locations around campus with amazing sceneries and there are several I still haven't been able to explore. One of my favorite spots is Dartmouth's Shattuck Observatory because it sits on a tiny hill next to Bema (Dartmouth's amphitheater). The little hill is an amazing spot to see the mountains and watch the sunset on a sunny day. It's a bit higher than some other spots so the landscape is a bit more visible and it is very calm as not a lot of people or cars pass through the area. Moreover, the internet connection is pretty weak, so it makes it easier for me to disconnect from electronics and just enjoy the vibes.