New School, New Me
My past three years at Dartmouth have been filled with so many new experiences that have completely changed my life. If you had told me three years ago that I would willingly eat salad, canoe for 20 miles, or even know how to cook something other than instant ramen, I would not believe you. I came here looking for a great education and got so much more than that. Other than the amazing people I've met and opportunities I've had, here are six experiences and skills I've developed in the past nine terms at Camp Dartmouth!
- No. 1
Canoeing and Hiking!
Let's start with an easy one. California has been in a drought since I can remember, so canoeing back home was out of the question. To be quite honest, I signed up for this trip because I refused to hike. Jokes on me, I still did that! Hiking Mount Moosilauke is one of many traditions you first get exposed to at Dartmouth. On the last night of Trips, you have the option to leave for the peak of Moosilauke at 3 AM to catch the sunrise from the top — a sunrike, if you will. I was initially not too keen on going (the small hills I hiked back home were nothing compared to this x footer) however, there were three groups of various speeds going up, making this tradition accessible to most.
- No. 2
Becoming Master Chef
Before college, I had strict orders to not set foot in my mom’s kitchen, since so many of my cooking experiments were... not the best tasting. It came as a surprise to my mom that I can actually cook now! Honestly, I have to give all credit to chemistry lab for teaching me how to follow detailed instructions. I even took a stab at baking this past spring break! It’s been a great way to destress and hang out with friends, while also practicing my lab skills (or, at least that’s what I tell my mom). I may not know how to do my taxes (yet), but I'm one step closer to #adulting.
- No. 3
THE FRESHMAN FIFTEEN ARE REAL! Or at least for me, they were. I’ve had to learn how to eat healthy, schedule in time to workout, and learn moderation. I’ve taken a few PE classes (and burst a vein in my eye in one particular Insanity class), have taken up running once again, and even joined a dance team my sophomore summer. I even ENJOY salads now!
- No. 4
Learning how to learn
In high school, I could study for a day and be ready for a test. If I do that now -- whether in my STEM or humanities classes -- let’s just say the score would be...less than optimal. Studying for midterms is like studying for AP tests, but instead of taking one and being done, you have to do it again the next week (or day!), for 10 weeks. It's been a long road, but now know that I cannot do work in a loud place, listening to music while doing math will only frustrate me, and the earlier I start a paper, the better my score and the more proud I will be of my work.
- No. 5
Suddenly, a leader!
I did not consider myself much of a leader in high school. Fast forward three years later, and I am now president of my sorority. It’s been difficult getting out of my comfort zone and becoming the leader I’ve always followed, but it doesn’t hurt to be surrounded by such motivated people.
- No. 6
Look at the stars, look how they shine for you...
Thanks to light pollution, I only really saw stars in the few times I went to science camp in middle school. I’ve always been fascinated by the night sky, and let me tell you, Dartmouth’s skies are wondrous. Walking home after a late night studying and being met with dozens of sparkling stars up above... it is truly magical. It makes me feel so small but so connected to the world. Poetic descriptions aside, as a city-kid, the stars are something that will always remind me of my time here.