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One year ago, I was waiting impatiently for time to pass so I could start college. I knew Dartmouth was the right place for me–but I didn't know I would like it this much. Now, on my second term at the College on the Hill, I've started reflecting on why that is. So, here are four (of many) reasons I love Dartmouth College.

  1. The People

People here are amazing. They're friendly, fun, and very impressive. As you might expect, a lot of students here are the best of the best–the thing you might not expect is that they are incredibly humble. For example, I made a close friend during First-Year Trips who is a powerlifter. What he did not tell me during our trip was that he is not just any powerlifter–he is a nationally-ranked powerlifter, who will compete in the 2020 Olympics! 

  1. Hanover

Dartmouth's location is prime. On weekends, you can do just about any outdoor activity that comes to mind–you can climb Mount Rumney, hike the Appalachian Trail, swim in the Connecticut River, snowboard at the Dartmouth Skiway, and so much more! The sky's the limit. Coming a mid-size city, I like being able to get close with nature and take a break from a busy schedule to hit the slopes in winter, or run the trails in the fall. 

  1. Its Size

Dartmouth is a small college–and it's awesome! I can't tell you how many times I'll be on my way to FOCO (our dining hall) and just walk into my friends along the way. Moreover, small class sizes make it so you can personally get to know your professors, as well as your peers.

  1. The Weather

There has been snow on the ground since the first day of winter term (it is now week 4). Being from the south, I have never seen this much snow, and it's great. I can snowboard any day of the week, sled at our golf course, and ice skate at Occom Pond, which is currently frozen. Also, fall is beautiful. The weather is chilly, and foliage makes for awesome views as the leaves are bright and colorful. I've yet to experience summer and spring, but am excited to see what they hold.

I love Dartmouth for more reasons than I can list. In the short time that I've been here, I have already made many awesome memories and made amazing friends. I love my life here, and I can't wait to see what the next four years will bring.

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