Hop on Over to the Hop!
When exploring potential colleges to apply to, one criterion I had was that the college should have a vibrant arts culture. Because I was involved in theatre throughout my four years in high school, having an avenue to participate in and watch the arts was crucial to me. At Dartmouth, there are many opportunities to delve into the arts, ranging from theatre to music and studio art.
One of the main art centers, the Hopkins Center for the Arts (also known as the HOP) hosts a plethora of art events that nearly every day. One weekend, my friend and I decided to go to the Hop to see a show. Even though there was a multitude of shows to choose from, we ultimately decided on watching "WiRED: The 24-Hour Playwriting Experience." In this theatre show, four plays were being presented. Each one of these plays was written, directed, and acted in by Dartmouth students in only 24 hours! I was skeptical at first of how good the plays were going to be, considering that they were being written and performed in only a single day. However, by the end of the show, I was amazed at how wonderful all of the plays were! They were all full of humor and creativity, leaving the audience members, myself included, in stitches by the end. Inspired from watching this show, I am looking forward to participating in "WiRED: The 24-Hour Playwriting Experience" myself next year!
Although Dartmouth may not be located in a major city, there are a plethora of ways to be involved in the arts here. From performing in shows at the Hopkins Center for the Arts to visiting the Hood Museum of Art and the Black Family Visual Arts Center, any student can become deeply involved in the arts.