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A picture of me and my friends at the farmers market.

Honestly, I still can't believe that the '26s (graduating class of 2026) are no longer the first-year class. Time really does fly by when you're enjoying the experience, doesn't it? Arriving on campus as a sophomore, I felt comfort in knowing I made it back to my second home. It may sound a tiny bit exaggerated, but there's something magical about the campus at 9 p.m. on a Thursday (the time and day of my arrival). 

Although I am now more familiar with the Dartmouth campus and our one-of-a-kind culture, there were various events that I missed out on during my first year here. My goal as a sophomore is to make the most out of each term and attend the activities I didn't get to. Luckily for you all, I'll be blogging about them too!

Stage in front of Baker library for Beilock's inauguration.
Inauguration of Sian Leah Beilock

Besides powering through my labs and assignments, I have been enjoying my first two eventful weeks. The first thing I did was laundry. It may sound like a rough start, but unexpectedly, doing laundry became my favorite chore when the Dartmouth Student Government helped make the services accessible for free! While I love folding clean clothes into my closet, I was much more delighted when I walked into the annual Community Lunch event. I was just trekking out of my dorm when I smelled the aroma of freshly grilled burgers. Of course, I swiftly joined the long lines of people waiting to enjoy their free meal at this grand cookout. On that same day, the inauguration of Dartmouth's 19th president took place! I unfortunately had a meeting during President Sian Leah Beilock's speech, but I did walk past the crowd in the middle of The Green. Exciting times indeed.

My friend brought his car up to campus this term, so he drove us all to the Norwich Farmers Market during the weekend. The market opens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, and you can actually walk there if you're determined. Although it was quite chilly, I still ordered an iced draft latte from one of the coffee shops there. There were stands selling bakery, fresh produce, samosas, and so many more—my personal favorite was a goat-petting corner! My friends and I sat at one of the wooden picnic tables and tasted fresh strawberries while listening to live music. It was refreshing, to say the least, and we all highly recommend a visit!

The weekend ended with Fallapalooza, a fall concert organized by the Programming Board. This term, we had Claire Rosinkranz! I didn't join the crowd of students in front of the stage, but I did chill on the big lawn beside the venue with a few friends. It was such an amazing way to end the night—just chatting about life and vibing to song after song.

Friends at food at Norwich Farmers Market
Friends and food :)

Concert venue

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