Things I Wish I Knew Before My Freshman Year
When I chose to go to Dartmouth, I was so excited to finally experience college. I had seen it on television and watched my family and friends travel to schools across the country, so I was ready to create my own memories and start a new chapter in my life. In September of 2016, I arrived on campus thinking that I knew everything I could possibly know about college, but I was so wrong! As I have just started my last year as a Dartmouth student, I have been reflecting on my time here and I have come up with a list to things I wish I knew my freshman year.
- No. 1
Step outside of your comfort zone!
I thought I was going to be a psychology major when I came to Dartmouth, but found that I enjoyed the sociology classes much more. You may think that you know what you want to study, but it is likely going to change (and that is completely fine!) Also, you should join that club that you were eyeing at the Club Fair and try something that you have never tried before.
- No. 2
You are not expected to know how everything works, so it is perfectly fine to feel a little lost. Nine times out of ten, when you ask someone what their favorite thing about Dartmouth is, they are going to say that it is the people and the community. Everyone is willing to help and there are several resources for you to access when you need help.
- No. 3
Time management is key
Dartmouth operates on a quarter system. These ten-week terms move extremely fast, so it is super important to stay on top of your work. Having a planner (and actually using it!) has saved me each and every term. Your academics always come first, but everyone needs time to do the things that they are passionate about. It is all about knowing your schedule and working accordingly!
- No. 4
You belong here
It's easy to look around at other Dartmouth students and compare their successes to your own. It’s crucial to remember that you belong here. The Admissions Officers saw something in you! You are just as important as any other student and it is okay to need reassurance every now and again.
- No. 5
Cherish your time here
Four years truly fly by! You want to be able to make it to your senior spring and say that you did everything you wanted and have no regrets. Take advantage of all the opportunities that are available to you while you have them.