Mountains, Dartmouth, Simon Ellis
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Q:

Do you ever get any sleep?

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This is a question that I get from a lot of prospective students and visitors, and before I go on to my more detailed answer I just want to say; Yes! Of course, I sleep! 

Usually, this question is a response to the number of activities that I do on campus. I am heavily involved in a lot of different clubs, and it seems like a lot because this sort of involvement wouldn't be possible at any other school except for Dartmouth! My high school friends attending other colleges manage to juggle one, maybe two extracurricular in addition to their classes, study groups, and other mandatory college events. Because we have a three-class term here, I think there tends to be a climate of students wanting to get involved in a lot of different ways. At any other school, I wouldn't be able to be in the Outdoors Club and be the Vice President of an improv group, but at Dartmouth, I can. You have so much free time in college, that you really get to structure it how you want, particularly at Dartmouth. 

If I want my evenings free I take classes in the morning and then have time to do my favorite 3 mile loop to Norwich, VT and back. If a class I really want to take is offered on Tuesday evenings one term, I can move my schedule around so that I can study in the mornings before class, and have the afternoons free. This sort of freedom to not only pick a schedule that works for you, but that also can change every 10 weeks is super liberating. It always makes each term feel a little different, so I don't feel as stagnated or anything. Obviously, time management is something that doesn't just come naturally to come people, and I was one of those people. In high school, I would literally run from meeting to meeting because of how poorly I planned things, but after just a couple terms at Dartmouth, I feel like I've got the hang of it.

So yes, I have plenty of time to sleep! I usually get between 7-8 hours of sleep a night (really) and still have time to study, do all the things that make me happy, and binge Netflix then and again. You don't need to be as busy as me at all, but if you're a person who likes to be involved in a lot of different things, you'll really be able to thrive here. 

That's all for now! See y'all next week,

Simon