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Dartmouth students prepare for Homecoming

Hello again guys! I hope you are doing amazing from whichever part of the world you are in! Here in Hanover, we just had our first snowfall in mid-November (it was very light, though!) but for me, it was my first time ever seeing snow.  I love how the little flakes come sit on the tips of my fingertips and just melt so fast. I love how the thick layer of my coat feels against my skin and the soft crunching sound of stepping on small frozen puddles. 

The fist snow in Dartmouth
The first snowfall on campus !

For me, my first snow at Dartmouth is a chilly but sweet feeling of being loved. Why? 

Because coming from a place where temperatures don't go below 15°C (47°F), and bracing myself for the winter ahead while adjusting to living away from home means finding warmth in the people around me. This has definitely been a whole lot easier because of the friends I have made at Dartmouth, especially one of my roommates. 

Dartmouth students getting ready for Homecoming
My roommate and I getting ready for Homecoming 2019!
I remember the summer before I came here. Housing assignments were released in mid-July after about a month since having filled in the application. The housing application asked about our preferences, such as the number of roommates we want, if we prefer substance-free housing, our study habits, and our lifestyle choices. I was assigned to a two-room triple and in the email, I also received the contacts of two girls that would be my roommates for freshmen year. 

Cue the worries. Would we get along? What if they get rowdy in the room? My initial worries were put to rest a bit when my roommates and I got in touch over the summer and starting talking. Yet, I knew that living together was a whole different story. As an international student, I was the first to arrive to our dorm. While I sat on what would be my bed for the entire year, I glanced around the room, trying to fathom what kind of memories would fill these walls.  

Two students in Dartmouth's Baker Clock Tower
We do so many activities together, like touring the clock tower!
Fortunately, one of the best things that has happened to me since I've came to Dartmouth is my friendship with one of my roommates. If I hadn't been randomly assigned to my roommate, I would have never gotten to know her in the way that I do now. I am from Myanmar, South East Asia, while she is from Los Angeles, California. She is planning to major in government while I'm thinking to pursue quantitative social science. I add extra red pepper flakes to my chicken and rice at lunch while she stays far away from anything spicy. We are very different people from different backgrounds but we get along wonderfully well. From walking back together from the library at 2 am, supporting each other's club events, and going out together for a little "roommate date," we have built such a strong bond.  

I think that getting along with your roommate is one of the biggest factors that decides the course of your freshmen year. Even if you might not become the best of friends, it's important to still respect each other's space and understand where he or she is coming from. But, being great friends with your roommate definitely has its perks. You see them every day, through the best and the worst of times, and you pick up on the small things that others don't notice. Freshman year is still underway, but knowing that I have people like her by my side gives me so much strength.  

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