Freshman Do's and Don'ts!
There are tips and tricks to keep in mind your freshman fall, and these are a few I believe will be important!
- No. 1
Do not wait until Saturday night to do your laundry! I made this mistake during my first few weeks and had to deal with a literal queue to wash and dry my clothes. Also, make sure to take out your laundry on time or someone else will take it out for you and leave it on a counter. Dartmouth recently introduced free laundry for all students!
- No. 2
Green Print is the printing software that Dartmouth uses. The misunderstandings accompanying it were a bit frustrating for me at first. I waited until the end of freshman fall to use a printer just because I thought it was too complicated when it was actually simple enough. Each student gets sixty dollars per term to use for printing; there are many printers in the library and surrounding buildings. Make note that only some printers function in color!
- No. 3
Dining dollars are a part of the Ivy Unlimited Dining Plan that every freshman is enrolled in. In addition to unlimited meal swipes at the dining hall, students also get 250 dining dollars to spend at the cafes around campus! Spend it wisely because I have many friends who finished their dining dollars too early and ended up eating only at the dining hall for a few weeks. Collis Cafe has some great lunch specials such as the noodle bowl pictured above!
- No. 4
A professor’s office hours are allocated time periods during the week where students can make an appointment to meet with their professor for one-on-one meetings. You can use it to discuss specific topics, ask for advice or just have a good conversation! It's a great way to form a connection with your professor.
- No. 5
The river in the fall is beautiful. You can rent canoes and paddleboards for hours! Take advantage of it during the first few weeks of fall because the river does not stay warm for long. It closes for around 5 months when winter approaches. There are lifeguards at all times when the river is open and docks to lay on if you do not want to get into the water!