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  • lucya01995
    I actually lived in a small college town (State College - where Penn State is) for 6 years but I've gotten used to how nice it is to live in a big city where you can find anything you could possibly want or need. I'm very excited to visit and this may be a redundant question since you appear to be very happy there but have you ever regretted your decision to go to Dartmouth?
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  • Fidelic
    (cont.) That being said, I don't think I've spent any amount of time being 'bored' on campus. Like many colleges, Dartmouth makes you feel like there are too many things for you to experience. Also, in my case, I've traveled off-campus at least 3 times per quarter (bearing in mind that quarters are 10 weeks). In each case, my trip was funded by the college, as I was either travelling with the debate team or travelling with the Great Issues Scholars program. On top of that, there're quite a few trips I've read about but decided against signing up for.
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  • Fidelic
    Hi Lucy,

    First impressions definitely aren't complete impressions. I've always thought it a shame that we can't have a year or so to do nothing but explore colleges. I came from a school of about 2800 in suburban NJ and was a little more than an hour away from NYC. Hanover will definitely strike you as small if you haven't lived in a small-town setting before (although it's really not that small - Williamstown, where Williams College is located, has a downtown area not much larger than one intersection). Living in small-town New England has certainly been an interesting lesson in scale, to say the least. I used to think the town I lived in in NJ was a "small town" before I saw New Hampshire and Vermont. Granted, Hanover is definitely a developed college-town. You'll have to see it for yourself. The place has certainly grown on me.
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  • Fidelic
    Part 2 of Previous Message:

    While the stereotype of Dartmouth is certainly that it's white and preppy, but 1) there are, as with all Ivy league schools, a fair number of minorities here, 2) as far as I know (given my limited perspective) the Greek System, while it has preppier and richer frats, isn't necessarily as white and preppy as it may be made out to seem - apparently one of the "A-side" fraternities has a fair number of Asians (though it certainly isn't the "most" Asian fraternity) and 3) this is an image the administration is actively working to change; after all, your class year has a record percentage of minority students (I read that it's around 48%). Full disclosure: I'm Asian-American.

    I realize this isn't a particularly thought-out post (I read your invite during a software-demo session and am leaving campus in an hour for a parliamentary debate tournament). Feel free to press me for more details. And definitely let me know if/when you're visiting!
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  • Fidelic
    Hi Lucy. I only just saw your message - I never anticipated getting a message via college confidential! Sorry for the delay. I don't actually have enough member posts to send you a private message at the moment, so I'll just leave one here (let me know if you get this). It seems to me that it's largely true that you 'create' your own social experiences; frats haven't really figured into my time here, although the frat scene is undoubtedly a prominent one. My social experience has primarily been shaped by my freshman floor, which, granted, may not be your typical Dartmouth floor (I live in the East Wheelock Cluster, which is sold as a "community of scholars" and known as a quieter dorm). While I've enjoyed my time here so far, I can't give you a full verdict on Dartmouth life seeing as I haven't gone through Sophomore Year yet, when your classmates rush the Greek System. That being said, I'd be up for meeting you in person and showing you around my floor if you do come here.
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