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A snapshot of Hanover spring rolling in.

We're one term away from the '27s being on campus and that's absolutely wild to me — I still remember my freshman fall like it was just yesterday. I remember the excitement and anxiety in the air, the empty shelves at Target, and the countless Orientation week events that I had to attend. That's going to be your experience soon, so here are some things that you should bring for your freshman fall at Dartmouth — a list of essentials I wish I had!

  1. A fan. Hanover runs hot in the fall (at least for the beginning few weeks) and you'll often find yourself waking up in the morning with a sweat. A nice way to beat that is by bringing a fan. In my dorm, I have a window fan that is super efficient. 10/10 would recommend.
  2. Frat shoes. Do you have any old shoes that have just been sitting in the back of your closet rotting away, covered in mud and worn out? If yes — you've got the perfect frat shoes. Frat basements (or any party scene) have notoriously dirty floors, so it's preferable to bring already grimy shoes to these scenes.
  3. A fracket. A fracket is a portmanteau of the words 'frat' and 'jacket.' I wish I knew about this when I was starting off at Dartmouth. You'll probably have a really nice winter coat to wear during your time here, BUT when you go out, whether to other first-year dorms or to frats (once the ban is lifted!), you're going to need a cheaper alternative that you don't mind leaving on frat floors. A cheap, thrifted jacket is perfect for that.
  4. A power strip. A lifesaver for me. While Dartmouth first-year dorms give you about four sockets on average, you're going to have a lot of powered essentials that require plugging in. A power strip perfectly solves this problem for you. Pro-tip: Command strip your power strip on the side of your desk or bed so that it doesn't move around.
  5. Command strips. Lots of them. You'll be surprised how fast you go through a pack of command strips when you're a first-year, decorating your dorm or trying to hang up hooks for towels and other essentials. It's better to be safe than sorry.
  6. Storage containers. When you're moving into a new place, you're probably going to have to bring essentials like towels, laundry detergent, and snacks with you. The only problem is — these things take up a lot of space. A quick fix to that: clear plastic storage containers that you can keep under your bed for easy use and access. They've been a lifesaver my first year, and they'll be yours too!

These are just a few of the essentials I recommend bringing to Dartmouth for your freshman fall. Reach out if you have any more questions!

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