Top 7 Big & Small Things I Love About Dartmouth
As my second term on campus comes to a close, I wanted to reflect on my time so far by listing my top seven reasons why I can't imagine myself at any other college but Dartmouth.
- No. 1
People, Campus, and the Surrounding Outdoors
Spending time with friends outside is one of my favorite pastimes. Last fall was filled with long hikes, bike rides, stargazing on the golf course, and even swimming across the Connecticut River. This winter was packed with a different type of fun — taking advantage of New England’s snowy weather with sledding, ice-skating, skiing, and building ice sculptures! Much of campus is centralized and walking distance from one another, and Dartmouth provides free buses to facilities like the nearby Skiway. I took this photo while having fun with my friends a couple weekends ago at the Dartmouth Skiway.
- No. 2
Dartmouth’s unique “D-Plan” allows me the flexibility to customize my academic schedule quarter-by-quarter. Looking ahead, I’m super excited to experience my sophomore summer in 2022 (when the entire class spends the term on campus taking classes for bonding mid-way through their college career!).
- No. 3
Liberal Arts Flexibility
Adding onto the D-Plan’s flexibility, Dartmouth’s well-rounded curriculum with a focus on undergraduate teaching offers so many avenues for exploration. We can choose from over 2,100 different class options every year to fulfill our four-year world culture and distributive requirements. As I look towards spring term, I am excited to explore my First-Year Seminar called ENGL07.55: Searching for Justice (which fulfills a Western world culture requirement and Literature distributive), MATH010: Introductory Statistics (which satisfies a Quantitative and Deductive Sciences distributive), and PSYC001: Introductory Psychology (which counts as a course on Social Analysis)!
- No. 4
Our Love of Traditions
I was amazed by how intricate the ice-carvers’ designs were at this year’s Winter Carnival. Dartmouth alumni and students truly cherish our school’s traditions, some of which include an annual fall Homecoming bonfire, Winter Carnival, and spring Green Key.
- No. 5
Collaborative Environment & Abundance of Support Services
Dartmouth students are all so collaborative and more than willing to help lift each other up. In addition to our friends and peers, there are so many resources we can turn to for help, including our undergraduate deans, orientation peer leaders, academic advisor, Dick’s House, and undergraduate advisor. Whether you have a question related to health and counseling or academic course selection, someone is surely available to provide support!
- No. 6
Baker-Berry is a warm and ambient study environment rich in history and tradition. I love coming here to get some work done and perhaps also swing by adjacent Novack Cafe for a coffee and snack. The library staff is super friendly as well, and if you’re seeking additional help with papers, the RWIT center offers free peer one-on-one feedback from trained undergraduate tutors.
- No. 7
Yummy Foco Cookies
I love soft chocolate chip cookies and this freshly-baked treat from Foco, our main on-campus dining hall, never fails to brighten my day. Next time you’re on campus, be sure to stop by to grab this warm dessert! You won’t regret it.