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Campus in the Summer

As people are beginning to trade in their tank tops for sweaters and iced coffees for pumpkin-spiced lattes, I can't help but reminisce about my summer term at Dartmouth, commonly known as sophomore summer. This summer was particularly special to me because I hadn't been on campus in over a year due to the pandemic. Seeing all of my friends in-person and taking part in fun activities on campus was nothing short of surreal. 

In one of the blog posts I made before the summer started, I had written down a bucket list of things I wanted to experience by the end of my sophomore summer. I can gladly say that I was able to accomplish all the items on my bucket list and some more! One of the highlights of my summer was joining Ujimelt, a summer dance group.

Me and some members of Ujimelt!
Me and some members of Ujimelt!

As someone who did not have any hip-hop dancing experience going in, Ujimelt allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. In addition, I was able to meet so many cool people I had never met before. Although I probably will not be asked to be a backup dancer for Beyoncé anytime soon, being in Ujimelt was such a fun and memorable experience. 

Another highlight of my summer was doing all the summery-activities that the Upper Valley has to offer. From hanging out by the Connecticut River to eating delicious ice cream at Ice Cream Fore-U and basking in the sun on the Green, my friends and I truly embraced the summer season.

My friend Emily enjoying some delicious ice cream!
My friend Emily enjoying some delicious ice cream!

I also really enjoyed my classes this summer. One class in particular that I took was HIST 96.37, Topics in Economic History. The culminating assignment in this course was a 20-25 page paper on a topic of our choice. While daunting at first, this paper was so rewarding to work on because I was able to sharpen my historical researching skills and dive-deep into a topic I was passionate about. 

Sophomore summer has been my favorite term at Dartmouth so far. It was amazing to be back on Dartmouth's beautiful campus and to be face-to-face with my friends again after such a long time. As I begin my fall term, I will hold dear in my heart all the wonderful memories I made this summer!

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