Make the Friendship Bracelets
Consider this a love letter to all the friends I have made this freshman fall.
It is safe to say that I would not be the person I am today without my friends. I am someone who cannot thrive in solitude. I love surrounding myself with people that I care about.
The friends I have made at Dartmouth are some of the most amazing people I have ever met. Despite being brilliant (which goes without saying), they were my saving grace this first term. I spend every day with these people and not once have I felt out of place or struggled to fit in.
As I look back at my memories in a whirlwind of colour and sound, this first term is etched into my mind as clearly as my hatred for the Epsilon-Delta math theorem.
Intellectual (very-heated) conversations that have everyone either picking sides or being a laughing bystander. Falling on the steps of the dining hall. Trying to see how many people we can possibly fit into one booth at Foco. Finding out I can roller skate pretty well. Wearing ankle-length puffer coats with my friend Victoria, when some students were still in shorts. My first (American) football match. Late nights drawing at the Black Family Visual Arts Center with my friend Jamylle. Collectively breaking down over Math 003 homework. Staying up and listening to the whole Midnights album with my friend Gaby. Playing in the first fall of snow at 2 AM. Most of all, confusing all my friends by telling them the temperature in Celcius every single day.
Yes, Dartmouth is challenging. Sometimes to the point where you start questioning if you belong there. However, I am a firm believer that with the right people by your side, anything is possible. As I packed up my bags and boarded the Dartmouth Coach, there was an ache in my heart that I had not anticipated. The nostalgia for my first term was already hitting and I was not ready to leave my friends behind.
While winter break has been relaxing and a much-needed recharge, I find myself already gravitating towards Dartmouth and meeting all my friends again. I am in no doubt that winter term will be challenging, but I am also equally certain that I will be just fine. I know that I have a support system like no other. I know now that I am not alone.
Make the friendship bracelets. To the friends I have made this term, I love you all.