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Ice Skating!

Now that it's winter, the outdoors offer plenty of opportunities for fun activities. This weekend I decided to go ice skating with my friends at Occom Pond. This pond on the edge of campus freezes over and is the most beautiful setting for skating as one can see the winter wonderland that is Dartmouth. 

To go skating, students merely need to rent out skates at the Dartmouth Outing Club which is right next to Occom Pond. Here, students leave out their student ID and are able to take out skates free of charge! There are also options available such as going sledding or snow tubing down nearby hills. 

Skating was such a wonderful experience! Besides this being my first time to ever go skating on ice, and falling multiple times, I can still say that it was a lot of fun. There were some trash can bins that beginners could use as they learned to balance themselves on ice, and it was really helpful. I have pretty bad balance but I still managed to get the hang of it towards the end and will definitely be coming back!

Coming into Dartmouth, I had no idea about the sheer amount of opportunities to have fun outdoors, even when there are freezing temperatures. Being from Nicaragua was definitely an adjustment for the first few days but now I am getting used to the cold and even coming to enjoy it! Winter can be so much fun if one simply decides to get out and discover its magic.

Occom Pond during winter
Occom Pond during winter

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