Whether historic or newly constructed, residence halls foment the exchange of ideas and the formation of friendships. Proximity encourages chance encounters that, invigorated by common experience, develop into deep connections. This phenomenon is especially prevalent among first-years.
"My best friend lived on my first-year floor. We ran into each other in the hallway during orientation and have been friends ever since." (Rachel Rubin '20)
While students everywhere may be especially open to new friendships their first year, Dartmouth's campus configuration encourages bonding with those geographically close. First-year dorms, comprised of first-year students and Undergraduate Advisors (UGAs), allow first-years to engage in regular meetings and activities to connect with each other, acclimate to college life, and navigate their first few terms. Whether in the dorm's common room or the floor's mobile group chat, these official events are supplemented with (often humorous) informal guidance on everything from which classes to take to which dining option is best that day.