May Oo Khine
Finding the Big Green
After a 23-hour flight, 2 transits, and 2 delayed check-ins, I finally found myself (plus a recently discovered love for The Office) at Boston Logan Airport. You can imagine how glad and relieved I am as I write this blog post under the comforts of a warm blanket in my dorm which I share with two amazing roommates. For many of us, leaving family and friends for college is always tough and for international students like me, saying goodbye to home doesn't get any easier.
This time a year ago, I had been travelling with a health charity around Myanmar, making stops at several village schools and teaching English to children at monasteries. I'd never have imagined I'd be at the Big Green. Taking a gap year before college was not what I had planned but looking back, it has definitely been one of the better decisions I've made, and I would totally encourage anyone to do so! Not only will you be able to find yourself through whatever activity you dive into beyond the walls of school, you'll come to understand yourself better as a human being, flaws and all. And if you're like me, starting college will be all the more exciting!
As someone who'll also bust a questionable move (I can't dance ☹️but when has this ever stopped anyone?) whenever there's music playing, I've had so much fun at Street Soul, a student-led dance group. Aside from that, I've been playing badminton, hosting movie nights with my friends, and of course, loving the opportunity to share my experience at Dartmouth with you. Feel free to join me as I start my first year exploring the many dimensions of Dartmouth; it'll be a journey of many firsts for the both of us! Geographically, it took me 29 hours to finally get to Dartmouth from Yangon, my home of 18 years. From this point on, I'm hopeful that no amount of time will be able to take away the Dartmouth experience from me.
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