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FallHanover, NHFavorite Class: Poetry After War
A discussion-based class co-taught by two notable professors in the Russian and German translation/scholar community. We read a series of poems and short stories written by poets who lived under totalitarian regimes (specifically in Germany and the Soviet Union) while examining the role poetry played in communicating trauma and the living of life.
Curious about being Native/Indigenous at Dartmouth?
Read up on my interview with three '26s Lexie, Liliana, and Keva as they share their experiences being Native/Indigenous at the College and why they chose Dartmouth.
An Introduction to First-Year Dorms
Curious about the living situation of first years? Here is a sneak peak into first-year housing.
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The Choates Cluster, located northwest of the Green and next to Occom Pond, comprises 4 halls: Cohen, Bissell, Little, and Brown. Cohen and Bissell connect to a common room (known as Bisco), while Little and Brown also connect to their own separate common room (known as Brittle); the two buildings look identical to one another as they are also located next to each other. On my housing application, I had indicated that I would prefer to not have any roommates, which the residential life office (blessedly) granted as I currently live in a single inside Cohen Hall.
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The Fayes (short for Fayerweathers) consist of North Fayerweather, Mid Fayerweather, and South Fayerweather, which are externally connected in a linear form right behind Dartmouth Hall. Because of its close proximity to the Green, it is often the hotspot for first-years to hang out as the Fayes host only first-years and house a good amount of the first-year class given its basement and four additional floors.
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The River Cluster, consisting of French and Judge Hall, is located closest to the Connecticut River (hence why it is called “The River”); students often joke about how it is closer to Vermont than the rest of campus as it is also the farthest from the Green (maybe it isn’t even a joke?). Nevertheless, many of my friends who live in the River Cluster vouch for the tight-knit community they have amongst the people on their floors and dorms as they spend more time in their common room together and get to know one another beyond just being floormates or hallmates. A bright side of living near the River is that you have the closest access to the Connecticut River to go swimming, canoeing, paddleboarding, or anything else water-related during the warmer seasons.
Celebrating the Daughters of Dartmouth
As I experienced my first Homecoming at Dartmouth, the College also celebrated its 50th anniversary of co-education. Click in to read about my Homecoming weekend!
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Pre-Bonfire House Gathering
Pictured: My friend Lili and I with matching lone pine temporary tattoos!
Dartmouth has 6 residential communities which we are randomly sorted into before arriving on campus, and are affiliated with for the rest of our time here. Before the start of the Bonfire, each residential house hosted a spirit station where we gathered with our house community before the start of First-Year Sweeps that leads into the Bonfire; this was also a great way to get all the first-years affiliated with the same house to gather in one place as it is not often that we all happen to be at the same place at the same time. Each residential community’s spirit station was unique to its own house color and accessories. For example, my residential community Allen House had temporary tattoos and red glow sticks while other house communities had similar and other various paraphernalia such as blue balloons (School House), purple glue sticks (West House), light up sunglasses and headbands (North Park House), facepaint (East Wheelock House), and beaded necklaces (South House) - just to name a few, but overall a very spirited and prideful way to kick off the rest of the night.
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Pictured: Stopping by each house to pick up the rest of the '26s before entering Bonfire.
The First-Year Sweeps is a large parade for first-years where we walk all around campus and stop by each area where the first-years are rallied (from the pre-bonfire house gathering). The Sweep starts from the river cluster and makes its way around to pick up the rest of the first-years to join in. After the House Gathering, Allen House lined up at the intersection of Choates Road and North Main Street, where we heard bagpipes that signaled us to join in; we were the third house (after West and School House) to fuse into the crowd, then made our way to North Park, East Wheelock, and lastly South House.
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Pictured: Fellow '26 blogger Chelsea and I at the bonfire
The Bonfire, a tradition that goes way back to 1888, holds a deep sense of community as Dartmouth alums and students gather around the outer ring of the bonfire to celebrate and support the first-year class. Every year, the bonfire is built by members of the first-year class with the rest of the events during Bonfire planned by the Bonfire Committee. After First-Year Sweeps, we entered into the inner ring of the bonfire (don’t worry, there is a fence that surrounds the actual bonfire) where we walked one lap (fun fact: first-years used to run around the bonfire, but was changed to only walking due to safety and security concerns). After one lap, we exited to the outer ring and watched the bonfire while enjoying this moment with our friends, classmates, upperclassman, alums, and family. For the rest of the night, the Bonfire Committee got us covered with events to do after such as live music by the Black Tie Blackouts (a band formed by a group of my fellow classmates), late night breakfast, cookie decorating, and a dance party.
My Favorite Study Spots (so far)
As I explore the different beautiful study spots on campus and in Hanover, here are my current favorite study spots as of Fall 2022.
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The 1902 Room
Baker-Berry Library, the college’s main library and most popular spot on campus, is home to a myriad of study spots loved by everyone who has stepped foot inside. The library is separated into two parts: Baker and Berry, which were both built at different times - Baker being the older part of the library (opened in 1928) while Berry is considered the newer part (completed in 2000). The 1902 Room, located on the left side of Baker Library, is a large and often quiet study space that I have been coming to every single day for the past two weeks to study for my midterms. There are no individual desks inside this room, but rather long rectangular wooden tables spaced out with a printer in here as well; I really like this format because it gives me a chance to have friends/peers study around me, but also spacious enough to focus on my own work. In addition, the interior decoration is also an addition to the beauty of this room.
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Also located in the Baker part of Baker-Berry, Tower Room is the second and highest floor of Baker that overlooks the Baker lawn and Dartmouth Green. Since Baker does not have air conditioning due to how old it is, it gets relatively hot inside this room; however, this does not stop my peers and I from coming in here for a cozy study session. This study spot is also known as the “Harry Potter Room” due to its antique and magical-feeling aesthetic.
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Starbucks in Hanover
After a nice FoCo breakfast, you can most likely find me walking down Main Street (aka downtown Hanover, right next to the Green), to do my morning studying inside Starbucks while sipping a Chai or Matcha - my guilty pleasure that contributes to my poor spending habits. Whether it is watching video-taped lectures for my Calculus class, or reviewing slides for my Physiology course, I find myself to be very productive while sitting inside the friendly Hanover Starbucks to be the best way to get my brain stimulated for the day.
From El Paso to Hanover: Meet Joanna!
Hello, Hola, and 你好 to my People Places Pines readers! My name is Joanna Jou, and I'm a '26 from El Paso, TX. Here is a little about myself and my orientation week at Dartmouth!
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First Class of 2026 Meeting
Pictured: My friends walking out of the first class meeting to go eat dinner at FoCo (aka Class of 1953 Commons, Dartmouth slang for our buffet-style dining hall)
After an eventful/hectic move-in day, the Class of 2026 had our first welcome meeting where Dartmouth acknowledges the establishment of the College on stolen Abenaki land, our class essay, and the singing of our alma mater.
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Pictured: Group photo with my Trippees on the last day of First-Year Trips
You may have heard of the very well-known First-Year Trips organized by the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC). Trips, which are four days long, truly lived up to the hype surrounding it. Remember, it's not about the type of trip you do, it's the people on the trip - some of the kindest, funniest, and most caring people I've met thanks to Trips!
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3. Celestial Work of Art
Pictured: Photo taken of the beautiful sky on a Sunday evening above the Irving Institute for Energy and Society
As I walked down Tuck Mall with my friend Lucinda, we took pictures of the beautiful sky; this was also on my mom's birthday, so thank you Hanover for this beautiful view as I felt her presence with me even 2,343 miles away.