Pictures from 21F
Here are some of my favorite events from the first half of my junior fall!
- No. 1
It was a huge shock to return to a fully-occupied Dartmouth this past fall.
While I was here in the summer, we only had one class fully on (the 23s for their sophomore summer) and some 22s and 24s as well. Now, we have three classes fully on (22s, 24s, and 25s), and many 23s are also still here as well.
Lines now are very long and the library is almost always full whenever you need a seat. In some ways, I preferred sophomore summer (camp Dartmouth!) when it was a bit more de-densified, but I also love the collegiate feel that comes with a busier, slightly more anonymous Dartmouth.
- No. 2
Bonfire and Dartmouth traditions!
I loved getting to see the Homecoming Bonfire again!
Getting to participate in these Dartmouth traditions as many times as possible is one of my many goals while I am here, and the bonfire is one of my favorites. I also hope to do the annual midnight snowball fight again my senior year (I'll be off-campus junior winter) and I am really looking forward to my first Green Key next spring.
One of the surprising things about the fire is exactly how hot it can get. Upperclassmen usually heckle the freshmen doing their circle to "touch the fire," but the truth is that it gets so hot near the fire that most people don't want to be anywhere close enough to the fire to touch it!
- No. 3
Going to conferences!
Being a part of Dartmouth means also getting to experience a lot of amazing things outside Dartmouth.
This term, I was able to go to a faith-based conference in New Jersey for a couple days, completely paid for by the organization. Going with the Dartmouth group was also really nice because I got to spend time with friends and new people outside the context of school (which, in all honesty, can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming while simultaneously being repetitive).
This particular conference was open to Ivy League students and students from a few other peer institutions so I even got to meet one of my sister's friends who was doing an exchange at Columbia.
- No. 4
Dance group initiation!
Fall term, all the dance groups host joint auditions and welcome new dancers into the fray.
This year, we accepted quite a large group of newbies and had a lot of fun doing "initiation"—we did wake-ups at 7AM and took them (blind-folded) to Lou's for some breakfast! I myself was blindfolded and walked to free food my freshman year, so doing this my junior year gave me a lot of fond memories.
- No. 5
Rainbows and Nature!
There was a beautiful double-rainbow early on in the term!
Whenever nature does something really beautiful, you can find Dartmouth students wandering outside and taking pictures. Throughout the rest of that day, you'll also hear people talking excitedly with their friends about the event and sharing their pictures from different spots of campus.