My floor is really close; we eat meals together, go to sports games together, and go to the fraternities together. My floor consists of people from different races and backgrounds, and I’ve made deep connections with floor-mates who have had totally different upbringings from my own.
Becoming close with my floor-mates has made me realize how lucky I am to be in such a diverse environment. Dartmouth College brings together the best and brightest from the US and from around the world, and each student brings his or her own story. It is incumbent upon each student to make relationships with students from different backgrounds. I’ve come to realize that, without my freshman floor, I wouldn’t have made such a diverse group of friends. I now see that I have to seek out people who have different backgrounds from my own to broaden my world view. In my opinion, a core part of learning at Dartmouth occurs outside the classroom through interactions with friends and acquaintances. To get the most out of the Dartmouth experience, it’s important to meet people of different races, backgrounds, and personalities. Just as an example, I am planning on participating in cross-cultural dialogue throughout my time at Dartmouth. In this way, I hope that I’ll get a thorough education–one that is based not only on academic learning but also on personal connections with peers.