Hiking with my Science Lab
That being said, there's opportunities to bond with faculty without some sort of program facilitated by Dartmouth.
And although it's a very professional setting, we do hang out outside of the lab and do things like eat out together as well. A little while back, most of us went out to an all day hike out to Mt. Lafayette!
I've never hiked before, so I had no idea what to expect. Given that it was an 8 hour hike up one of the tallest mountains in New Hampshire, I should have expected death.
I can't describe what the hike was like so much as I can only describe the sweet relief of finally taking a break at the peak of the mountain and enjoying a very much well deserved lunch (if I do say so myself). Don't get me wrong, the view was genuinely breathtaking and I did love being about in nature, but I was really there because I enjoyed spending time with the professors and graduate students who have been so vital in teaching me what research is like.
When I first entered research, I didn't know what to expect. Popular imagination would lead you to believe that research, especially biology research, is just a bunch of dudes sitting to themselves, muttering things as they mix oddly colored liquids together. And though I can't speak to other schools, I can say definitively that that's not what I've found at Dartmouth. Instead, I've found a group of highly collaborative people who are doing great work to advance science forward. So collaborative, in fact, that despite having so much more age, experience, and more important things to do they're still willing to take a chance on an undergrad like me.