Spring Break (At Dartmouth)
Spring Break is a magical time. It marks the end of a dreary, frigid winter and the start of a (hopefully) sunny, flowery spring. Hundreds of students pack up and leave, either going home or on a sunny getaway, far, far away. Those not fortunate enough to afford this, stay on campus. While this may sound disheartening, it is not that bad, I promise.
I stayed on campus for this Spring Break and I found it to be the best time to rejuvenate for the upcoming term. A consistent sleep schedule is tough to maintain at times, especially during finals week. The first few days of Spring Break were solely spent sleeping as much as I wanted, letting my body catch up with all the lost sleep. I must say, going to sleep without setting an alarm has been therapeutic in the best way.
The one setback is that the cafes and snack bars in the college are closed, with only the Class of '53 Commons dining hall being open. The times are limited as well, as it is only open from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM and from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. However, if a student is receiving high financial aid, they will receive these meals completely free of charge and do not need to worry about covering the cost.
Since I have been waking up late, missing breakfast has not been a problem for me. Having said that, if I did want some breakfast items, Dick's House, which is the College's Health Service has a food pantry that is open 24/7. It includes non-perishable items such as cereal, canned beans and pasta. These are all free for students to take. Every dorm building has a kitchen included, usually equipped with a fridge, stove, oven and microwave which is available for anyone to use.
Many international students stay on campus for Spring Break, including many of my friends, which made the two weeks much better! Long story short, if you are a prospective '27 it is not something you should worry about. If you are unable to leave campus for Spring Break, that is completely okay!