My Dartmouth Latinx Experience
When I first came to Dartmouth, I was not sure what to expect in terms of the latinx community. Only about 3% of students at my high school were hispanic or latinx, so I was hoping to find a larger, stronger community in my time at college. Thankfully, my wish was granted.
I first connected with other latinx students through the First Year Student Enrichment Program (FYSEP). The program began with a pre-orientation week consisting of mock classes, tours of campus, and bonding activities. The days were both busy and fun—and to this day, that week is one of my favorite Dartmouth memories. In that week, I made friends with whom I still keep in touch with today. Many of them were latinx, including upperclassmen leading the program.
In my time at Dartmouth, I have always felt comfortable expressing my latinx identity and, in fact, felt that I connected more with my roots than I did in high school. I play Spanish music in the shower, hang my Salvadorian flag on my dorm, and have taco night with my friends every term. The little things go a long way.
This summer, I am looking forward to being involved with the Latinx and Caribbean Council (LCC). The club holds events to celebrate latinx and caribbean culture, creating yet another space where students can meet others with similar backgrounds. There are dinners, game nights, and guest speakers. Additionally, now that campus restrictions have been lifted, it's looking like FYSEP will hold weekly dinners again!
In short, my experience as a latinx student at Dartmouth has been nothing but great. As with everything, there is always room to grow; but I am happy to say that at Dartmouth my culture is accepted, supported, and that there is a strong community I can lean on.