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A photo of a poetry reading in Sanborn House

For the first time since the pandemic started, I have been taking all of my classes at Dartmouth in person. Instead of the endless Zoom fatigue, I can now walk into Thornton Hall for my English class, where I am learning about Atlantic slave narratives and the methods authors use to emphasize their views. I am no longer having to search for a charger when my laptop dies so I can stay in class, as I am now Steele Hall for my History class. This class is pretty big, and we are learning about the conversion of Europeans to Christianity. There are many questions people ask in the class, so it is pretty lively. And instead of the wifi cutting in and out, I am in Sanborn Library for my Creative Writing class, learning about inner-city poetry and its history. Walking across campus to my classes was something I've missed since the pandemic started, and during the Summer term, I was only able to get a taste of what I missed with one class in person. However now, all of my classes are in person, with a professor who's not on a screen and classmates who might need to borrow a pencil from me.

I feel like a Freshman walking to class!
I feel like a Freshman walking to class!
This is what I missed about campus. I missed a campus that was lively, with people walking to classes across the Green, hearing the Baker bells chiming at the top of the hour. I missed walking into my friends, having to say a quick hi so I could make class in time. 

And I think that most professors feel a similar joy. They can now talk with students after class and have more discussions in class. Not only that, but they are very lenient with people missing because of testing positive for Covid. I like that there are times when the campus bonds together and supports each other when we are in need.

Walking around campus to my in-person classes shows me there is a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. I don't know when it will get there, but I know it's there, and I am excited about it!

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