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I am writing this blog post as I enter the final week of my first year at Dartmouth. My Dartmouth experience began when I received an email from the First-Year Student Enrichment Program (FYSEP) informing me that a spot opened up in the program two days before it began. Immediately after I received the news, I booked my flight and headed to Dartmouth with my dad. I am never going to forget my dad's smile once we arrived at the College, he couldn't stop smiling. Suddenly, I realized that my Dartmouth acceptance was a reality and that I earned my spot to be here. Growing up I didn't have much, and I had to work really hard for every opportunity that I received. I remember watching my parents sacrifice everything for my siblings and me to be healthy, safe, and happy. Now, I am the first person in my family to attend college, let alone a place like Dartmouth. 

After we passed through The Green, it served as an indication of the beginning of a new chapter in my life. A new chapter where I didn't know I would meet some of the kindest and warmhearted people in my life, push myself past my limits in academia, become more independent and certain of my capabilities, and become obsessed with Novack hot chocolate. 

I realized the privilege of going to a place like Dartmouth and took advantage of the many resources and opportunities offered on campus to grow and flourish. Altogether, I am extremely grateful for the support system that I cultivated throughout my entire first year at the College. I learned so much and took risks in my classes and life in general. I had the opportunity to take small classes and get to learn about my professors' passions and interests outside of the classroom. I won't ever forget the times I spent sitting on The Green with my friends and talking about life. This new chapter in my life has progressed and will continue as I enter my second year in the fall term. Thank you all for reading about my Dartmouth journey thus far, and I will see you all after summer. :)

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