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the snow tumbling off the roof of Anonymous Hall

If you're wondering what it's like to return to Hanover, New Hampshire after a term away and reconnect with friends who were off-campus, you're in luck, since that is exactly what this blog is about! As a Dartmouth student, I recently experienced the joy of returning to campus and reuniting with friends who had been away last term.

Returning to Hanover after a term away is like coming back to a familiar embrace. All of my close friends are here, and even after only a five week winterim break, I was ecstatic to see them again! Returning to live in my Greek House, Phi Delta Alpha, gave me a great excuse to catch up with my closest friends, and best of all, I found that many of my friends who had been off in the fall had returned!

Whether they were on a study abroad program, pursuing internships, or simply taking a break, the prospect of seeing familiar faces and hearing their stories is incredibly enriching. Dartmouth's tight-knit community makes it easy to pick up right where you left off. One of my closest friends happens to host a 'family dinner' every Sunday, for example, which has been perfect for me to meet new people and interact with old friends.

The twinkling stars on my walk home from a dinner party
The stars came out in force as I walked home from a fulfilling family dinner

As we gather together over dinner, there is always an undeniable sense of camaraderie. The laughter, the exchanged stories of adventures near and far, and the shared experiences created an atmosphere of genuine connection. Dartmouth fosters a community where every story is valued, and each person's journey contributes to the vibrant tapestry of campus life.

The reunions aren't just about catching up on missed time; they're about forging new memories together. From late-night study sessions in the library to impromptu snowball fights on the Green, Dartmouth provides the backdrop for friendships that grow stronger with each passing term. The shared experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, create bonds that withstand the test of time.

As I reflect on the joy of reuniting with friends under the pines, I can't help but marvel at the Dartmouth spirit that permeates these moments. It's a spirit of inclusivity, support, and a genuine celebration of each other's journeys. Whether you're navigating the academic rigors or embarking on personal adventures, Dartmouth is a place where friendships flourish.

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