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A photo of me blowing out the candles of a cake. The cake reads "Happy Birthday, Julia" and you can see friends behind me cheering. We are in a kitchen.

This will sound funny, but I was always curious and a bit worried about what it would be like to celebrate my birthday away from home. For the past several years, I've gone to brunch with my friends and had a nice family dinner. I had no idea how that would translate into my college experience.

I started my birthday at midnight with two of my friends singing in my dorm room. We had just watched Mamma Mia! on our Saturday night (one of the best movies of all time). My sister's friend called, too, and we all celebrated the moment of turning 19 together.

Despite my birthday being on a Sunday, I was up and at 'em by 8:45 because I teach ski lessons (you can learn more about my experience here: A Day in My Life as a Ski Instructor | Dartmouth Admissions). For my birthday, I decided to wear a bit of flair (Dartmouth term for wacky clothing) in addition to my regular ski attire. All I can say is that I was matching with a 4-year-old and her tutu in the Skiway's lodge.

Lessons were glorious – like they always are – but I was starving by the time I made it on the bus to head back to campus. Luckily, my sister (a '24) and her friends had insisted on a birthday reservation at a restaraunt, Molly's, in town. I changed out of my ski clothes and scurried over to the restaurant for my beloved chicken quesadilla. There, I enjoyed the company of a few of my '27 friends and another bunch of my sister's friends.

A 0.5 of me smiling with a slice of chocolate birthday cake at a restaurant. There is a lit candle in the cake. There is a friend next to me cheering.
Molly's with the crew!

Dinner ended early because of the Super Bowl so I went over to my friend's room to watch the game. I was worried that I was going to miss watching the Super Bowl at home, but it ended up being a lot of fun to watch with my friends. It was even sweeter that Kansas City won (despite having no ties to the team myself, one of my favorite teachers from high school hailed from there). 

After the game ended, it was time to attend my very own birthday party! I don't think that I had thrown a birthday party since age 5, so it was a bit of a shock to see so many people show up for me. My sister and her friends reserved a room in her sorority house and my parents even bought us cake from Lou's. I felt so happy to feel the love of so many people. All in all, it was a magical day!

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