Four years ago I boarded my first plane ever to Hanover, NH. After a pretty hefty journey I stepped foot on campus and was immediately welcomed by a student yelling, “Come to Dartmouth!” Having previously attended another school’s visitation program, I snarked at the thought of this student’s over enthusiasm as I flaunted the other school’s sweatshirt, backpack and water bottle (yes, I was that kid).
I was set on going to this other school, and was only here because I had already scheduled my visit. As the day continued I was met by the same enthusiastic student over and over again. It became so infectious! As I started visiting more open house events and programs I slowly started growing excited about this school.
Then, the Dimensions show happened. I immediately became in love with Dartmouth and its students. The fact that these students were willing to put together a show for the prospective students was amazing. The next day I spent getting to know the campus and the students. With every passing hour I began to see myself at Dartmouth.
I had to make a hard choice. I fell in love with both schools. Ultimately, a piece of advice was given to me by a ‘14 (s/o to Horacio if you’re reading this!), and it was to focus on myself and what the school made me feel. A large reason as to why I wanted to attend the first school was because of the friends I made there. That’s a very valid reason, but I was also forgetting that the friends I made there were also choosing between other schools and might attend different ones. I saw myself thriving at Dartmouth, and I felt that by the time Dimensions was over.
I’m still friends with the students I met during Dimensions. I now try to tell every student who thinks about Dartmouth to think about themselves thriving at this school. If the can, well……COME TO DARTMOUTH!!