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Dear High School Seniors, 

As many of you begin to write your Common App essays, ask for letters of recommendations, and go onto ChanceMe threads, please remember that your worth is not determined by the college that you will attend. Truly, find colleges that will support you and make you your happiest.

For me, I knew Dartmouth was the place for me because of its educational opportunities, beautiful nature setting, and close-knit community. Dartmouth's generous financial aid package made it possible for me to travel across the nation to arrive in beautiful Hanover, New Hampshire. For me, having a close-knit community played a vital role in my college search. Dartmouth's respect and love for Indigenous and Latinx students inspired me to apply. These factors all played a role in my decision to ultimately attend Dartmouth College.

The best thing that you can do is apply to colleges that you know will help you flourish to your fullest potential. Also, please be conscientious of college application deadlines. I would recommend creating a Google Sheet to ensure that you don't miss any important deadlines. Right now, it might seem like a lot of work, however, over time you will get through this process. Please remember to take breaks and to do your applications in chunks. You will need to dedicate time to ensure that your writing is the best that it can be, while juggling extracurricular activities and school work. As we all live through the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is crucial that you prioritize your mental health and put yourself first. You have worked so hard, and I want you to know that I am so very proud of you. You will continue to change the world, and follow your passions. You got this, I believe in you! ☺️

Kindest Regards,



toni and friends
A snapshot of my friends and I enjoying a sunny day in New Hampshire!

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