Advice from a Senior
By the time this blog is published, I will probably have graduated! I've been reflecting on the lovely past four years of my life, and I came up with this list of seven things to help you succeed and thrive at Dartmouth.
- No. 1
Study Abroad / Go on Domestic Programs
- No. 2
Make Friends by Asking People for Homework Help
I met a number of good friends through Math 11 freshman fall. I met Ellen ‘20, pictured above, in the library because I saw her working on a long assignment and I asked her for help. It’s as simple as saying, “Hey, I think you’re also in [insert class name here]! Mind if I get your number so we can work on the homework together later?” Works every time.
- No. 3
Join a Club or Intramural Sport
One of the best choices I made freshman year was joining Club Swim during winter term. I met a ton of fantastic people and I worked out more because I had social pressure to do so, which made me a healthier and happier person. You can also get PE credit for most club sports!
- No. 4
Invest in Wool Clothes
Hanover is a winter wonderland but it is also extremely cold. Wool clothing, especially socks, will keep you warm when it’s 5˚F outside. This may be a no-brainer for students from New England, but as I am from Arizona, I had to learn by trial-and-error how to dress for different temperatures in Hanover.
- No. 5
Always go to TA Hours
I saved a ton of time on my problem sets by regularly going to TA hours. Instead of getting stuck on a problem and sitting hopelessly confused for hours, I would plan to go to TA hours later to get help.
- No. 6
Work for Reunions!
Dartmouth holds reunions for various classes starting during commencement. I’ve worked for reunions for the past three years and it has been an excellent way to meet influential alumni and make a good paycheck. Pro tip: if you work directly for a class as a head worker, assistant worker, or bartender, you make a hefty tip.
- No. 7
Take Advantage of Good Weather
The first weeks of fall term, the last few weeks of spring term, and summer term have the best weather. Take full advantage of these few weeks by swimming and canoeing in the river, hiking, and sitting outside on the green. Before you know it, winter creeps up on you!