When Faith and Dartmouth Collide: Religious Life on Campus!
My faith is a very important part of my identity. As a Christian, I have a desire to live as a Christ-like example in all aspects of my life, whether in academics, extracurricular activities, or even in casual hangouts with friends. Before coming to Dartmouth, I had a nagging feeling that it would be hard to live out my faith on-campus. There is this stereotype that at schools such as Dartmouth, faith is seen in a negative light and is constantly pushed in the shadows.
I can't speak about other colleges, but my religious experience at Dartmouth has been a positive one.
I first got introduced to religious life on campus through my Dimensions host. Dimensions is Dartmouth's way of introducing accepted students into Dartmouth life through things like staying in student housing for a night and going to different Dartmouth classes. Because of my religious identity, I wanted to room with an upperclassman that had experience as both a Dartmouth student and as a Christian. I was paired up with a '22 named Wes who was active in the Christian community on campus. We had great conversations about faith, and Wes even introduced me to Christian Union, a religious group that serves many religious students! When I left campus, I was excited for the religious life I would have when I came back to Hanover to begin college.
Even though I have only been at Dartmouth for one term, I am happy with my religious experience so far. I am at a place where I can ask questions and grow in my faith, all while getting a world-class education!
Until next time!