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When I first came to Dartmouth, I was not expecting to be involved in religion. Though I was raised Christian, religion was never a huge part of my life. However, I have found an amazing community here through Christianity, and have grown in my faith in ways I could not have predicted my senior year of high school.

First, let me tell you a little bit about how I got started. It was week 2 of my first-year fall—I was coming out of my dorm on my way to FOCO (our dining hall), when I noticed a barbeque taking place right outside my door. It was crowded and looked like it was open to the public, so I made a slight detour and got in line for hamburgers. Little did I know, this was a publicity lunch for the Christian Union—a Christian fellowship on campus.

Having eaten their food, I felt I had no choice but to stay and mingle for a bit. Unexpectedly, I met some awesome people that I am still friends with today! They invited me to go to church with them on Sunday, and things sort of snowballed from there.

Since then, I have started going to Wellspring Worship Center, our local church, every weekend. I found a strong community through church; our campus coordinator—a church employee that works with Dartmouth—makes homemade meals every Saturday for students to catch a break from FOCO and meet new people. The picture above is from one of our dinners.

Aside from Christian Union, which I am now loosely involved with, there is Agape—a second Christian fellowship. Both groups are great! They have many events open to campus throughout the year, and are home to some of the friendliest people I have met in my time at Dartmouth College. Additionally, there are other religious groups on campus such as Hillel, the Jewish Student Organization; Al-Nur, the Muslim Student Association; and the Zen Practice Group, our Buddhist Association on campus, to name a few. Additionally, Dartmouth offers courses in religion; these range from topics in specific faiths to overarching themes across multiple religions. 

So, if you are interested in religion, there's definitely a place for you at Dartmouth. Or if you're like I was first-year fall, you might be interested in exploring your faith—either way, there are plenty of ways to get involved and find a supporting community on campus.

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