One of my favourite parts about being a student at Dartmouth is the D-Plan. For those of you that aren't familiar, it refers to Dartmouth's flexible calendar which allows students to tailor their four-year academic plan to their studies and interests. The D-Plan requires all students to spend their freshmen year, senior year, and sophomore summer on campus in Hanover. The other nine-terms, however, are open for students to study in Hanover, abroad, complete an exchange term, get an internship or conduct research - the possiblities are endless! Not only does this allow Dartmouth students to have many unique learning experiences, it allows varsity athletes, like myself, to study abroad, get an internship, and spend time at home with our families.
The D-Plan also means that you are not always on campus with your best friends. Over the next two terms, some of my friends will be studying at Dartmouth, abroad in South America, some working internships around the United States and some spending a term at home with their families. I am so excited that my friends (and myself!) are having these incredible experiences. However, our parents and friends from home often ask us, "how do you keep up with your friends when you are scattered around the world?". There's a list of ways to stay in touch with your friends on different D-Plans.
- No. 1
FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp...whatever is your favourite platform for video calling is! Not only do my friends and I use FaceTime to catch up with each other's lives, video-calling enables us to give each other tours of our new apartments, cities, work spaces and vacations. It helps me understand what my friends are experiencing during the term when I have a visual understanding of where they are living, working and spending their time.
- No. 2
Group messages and SnapChat are our favourite ways to share incredible photos of people and places we meet and see while away from campus. Start a tradition with your friend group that encourages everyone to share their favourite picture they took each day (or week) with each other and explain why it meant so much to them.
- No. 3
One of my favourite things to do with my best friend when at Dartmouth is listen to new music together. While doing homework or getting ready to go out for dinner, we will always have new tunes playing in the background. One way we have continued this tradition while being apart for the next two terms is by creating a shared playlist on Spotify. This allows us to add new songs that we discover to a collaborative playlist and listen no matter how far apart we are.
- No. 4
One of sweetest things I think you can do is sending a post card or hand-written letter to your friends. Not only is it really fun to recieve to real mail, but it shows that you have taken time out of your busy schedule to think about your friend.
- No. 5
Visiting friends back on campus, at their homes, and on their study abroad trips has to be one of the most special experiences. I am abroad this term and was able to return to Hanover for homecoming.