May Oo Khine
A weekend of competitive collegiate badminton in Boston!
One of the clubs I am most passionate about on campus is the Dartmouth Badminton Club. I started playing badminton when I was about 12 while I was in middle school and have loved the sport ever since.
During the summer, I spent a lot of time browsing through a myriad of clubs and student organizations that Dartmouth offers. The Dartmouth Big Green competes in the Ivy League Division 1 of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). But, aside from varsity sports, there are several other club sports (such as fencing, karate & tennis) which students can also choose to do. Intramural teams are also a fantastic way to start a sport, meet friends and/or upperclassmen, and of course, get some house points for your house community!
We left Dartmouth on Friday, the 1stof November, at about 4:15p.m. in two cars. We had rented an Airbnb in Worcester and we arrived there at around 7 pm. That night, our team went out to get Hot Pot for dinner. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this dish, you are absolutely missing out! Hot Pot is an Asian dish where a large pot of soup stock with the broth of your choice is typically shared between a group of people. You can then order side dishes of your choice — meat, vegetables, wontons, seafood — to cook in the soup. Truth be told, hot pot is more of an experience than a dish. We all had missed getting Hot Pot in Hanover, so that night was undeniably a satisfying one for us!
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From the pandemic to the election, to online learning, every month seemed to be a new level of Jumanji. However, we have made it. And though 2020 has given me great lessons and experiences, I am looking forward to this new year and for what it holds.