Hi all! Welcome to my blog! My name is Robin. I am a freshman studying Economics and Computer Science. Outside of class I'm a guitarist, amateur rock climber, and seasoned billiard player–if you're on campus, there's a good chance you can find me in the basement of Collis playing pool with friends. I'm still new around here and have lots to learn and will share my journey in this blog. So if you're a prospie, parent, or Dartmouth enthusiast, you've come to the right place!
Did you experience culture shock when you first arrived at Dartmouth? If so, what type of culture shock did you experience and how did you deal with it?
When I first came to Dartmouth, I was surprised by the diversity on campus—it was a complete change of pace from my high school experience.
Because of my research during the college application process, I was aware of Dartmouth's diverse student body; I'd seen all the statistics, but knowing the numbers did not prepare me for the real thing. It all started with First-Year Trips.
In my first day as a Dartmouth student, I was assigned to a group of total strangers with whom I would spend a week in the woods deprived of cell phones, showers, and most of modern-life's comforts. From the start, it was clear that my trippees (aka groupmates) came from completely different backgrounds. In our group, we had an Olympic powerlifter, a seasoned rugby player, a horse-rider, an international student, and two first-generation college students. At first glance, we had nothing in common! I was excited to get to know my trippees—some of whom later became my best friends at Dartmouth.
This pattern continued when we returned to campus. I never knew what to expect when I met someone new. In fact, that is true to this day—though I've become used to the diversity, Dartmouth students never fail to surprise me.
Dartmouth is a very outdoorsy place. However, you don't need to be involved with any outdoor clubs to fully experience the outdoors Dartmouth and the surrounding area have to offer. Sometimes, you just need a free day and some friends!
Dartmouth is home to a diverse range of students that will become your lifelong friends. For this blog post, I thought I'd interview a few of my fellow '24s to give you a glimpse into the crazy awesome people that make Dartmouth, Dartmouth!
In terms of fears about going off to college, I've noticed some recurring themes, both from my conversations with '25s and from my own experience. Read on to see my responses to some frequent questions and concerns!
Because of the pandemic, visiting the College is not possible and can make the process of choosing a college more difficult. Therefore, I thought I would post several photos of what Dartmouth looks like to get a sense of the environment.