So...what is there to do at Dartmouth?
Perhaps one of the most asked questions among prospective students is about what college students do for fun in Hanover, New Hampshire. It’s no secret that Dartmouth is located in a small town and many city kids are apprehensive about entering such a vastly different environment from what they’re used to. Admittedly, I was one such student, but I’ve found that there are ample opportunities and events, some of which are organized by the College itself, for students to have some fun and interact with one another outside the classroom. So with that said, here are some of the things that I like to do for fun here in Hanover.
- No. 1
Did anyone say cacti?
Last week, a friend from back home (a Dartmouth ‘23 to be exact!) visited me for the weekend. That Saturday afternoon, as I was planning what we were going to do for the next two days, my phone buzzed with a series of emails about events that were going on later that evening. One such event allows students to assemble their very own cactus plants and ice cream sundaes. Given that my friend Rudy has a love for cacti and ice cream, we decided to attend the event. We spent that night in One Wheelock, putting together our plants, enjoying some delicious ice cream, and simply hanging out on the comfy couches.
This activity is one of the HUNDREDS of events coordinated by the Collis Governing Board. Week after week, the student-run CBG organize fun, social activities - like roller skating, arcade nights, and endless trivia - for the entire campus. These events are a great opportunity for students to go out and spend some quality time with their friends.
- No. 2
We have restaurants too!
Perceptions of Dartmouth vary widely among prospective students and family members. I’ve come across a fair number of people who thought that Dartmouth was right smack in the middle of nowhere. While no one can deny that Hanover is no New York City, this small town has its own special gems - one which comes in the name of Tuk Tuk Thai Cuisine! Tuk Tuk prepares the BEST Thai food I’ve ever had the pleasure of consuming. There’s no food I enjoying ordering more than Tuk Tuk. It’s become a bi-weekly tradition to order my regular - fried rice with chicken! Sometimes I enjoy my meal in my floor’s common room alongside my friends and sometimes my friends and I will make an entire evening out of eating Tuk Tuk. There’s nothing more fun than eating out and chatting with your friends. After all, great food lends itself to great conversations!
- No. 3
Explore your inner Bob Ross!
Dartmouth’s residential options are unique because of our housing system. Upon entering the College, first-year students will be randomly sorted into one of six houses. This allows students to find a small community within the larger college. One of the ways Dartmouth continuously fosters relationships among each student class is through the House executive boards. Members of each house will throw engaging events and activities for the benefit of the students. This dedication to coordinating fun social activities also extends to my very own floor, Thriving Through Transitions. My undergraduate advisor (or UGA) is always hosting special events on our floor for my floormates and me to spend time together and simply interact with one another a little bit more. A couple of weeks ago, she hosted a painting therapy session which was a huge hit on the floor and a great way to have some fun in the convenience of our very own floor. Ever since then, my friends haven’t stopped creating beautiful art!