I’m finally on Winter break after 3 months in the wilderness at Dartmouth. My last final was on November 22nd. It feels good to catch my breath, but I miss campus and my friends so much already! It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on here so I decided to do a Q&A that sums up my first Ivy League academic experience.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
Fall has always been a little bit of a myth for me. In Houston, there’s summer and there’s the kind-of-cold-but-not-really season. Also, most of our trees are pines and oaks, so we don’t really see the leaves change color. I’d heard tales of the beautiful autumnal glow that the east coast takes on come late September, but no amount of stories and pictures could prepare me for it. You can probably imagine my incredulity when I woke up one morning at Dartmouth and found that the trees were turning into bright clusters of reds and yellows. They sparkled under the sun and the fallen leaves danced in the wind. Fall is a beautiful sight unlike any other.
In just 4 days, I’ll be on a plane headed to New Hampshire! My days are getting crazier and more jam-packed as I get closer to leaving for college. There’s so much to do and stress about that my last week seems to be flying by.
Despite how fast the days seem to be counting down, I took some time out for reflection. This summer has been spent gaining a sense of self and practicing solitude. I thought there was no better way to sum up my summer and start focusing on the future by coming up with some goals for freshman year.
Ahh, roommates. Sharing close quarters with a complete stranger, having to accept their quirks and habits, and forfeiting private time is a staple of collegiate life. Whether or not you have the chance to fill out a questionnaire, you aren’t guaranteed a match made in heaven when it comes to roommates.