While lying in bed at night, I always like to reflect on the day’s happenings. Recently, I’ve been having to fulfill this tradition while brushing my teeth or walking back to my dorm at night because I’m so exhausted by the end of the day that I sleep nearly immediately after slipping under my sheets.
What makes me so exhausted, you ask? At the moment, it’s not my homework (not yet, anyway). It’s the fact that I’m always in motion and there is always positive energy buzzing around campus during the day. Between walking back and forth to my dorm (yes, I live in the River, and yes, it is amazing), bonding with my floor, staying on my toes and participating in my classes, going to office hours, going to club tennis practice, and going to one or two club meetings a night, I get exhausted. Then there’s the eating at FoCo with friends, studying in the tower room of Baker Library (I love studying there because it makes me feel like I’m in Harry Potter), etc (I’ll stop listing now).
Everyone at Dartmouth warns freshman about getting involved in too many clubs, but I think it’s a mistake that most freshman make anyways because of the type of people who come here. Dartmouth students love being involved and love dipping their toes in new things. Based on conversations I’ve had with upperclassmen, it seems like just trying one new club can open up an unknown world of talents, whether they be in fencing, improv comedy, or woodworking.
For example, I’ve never done Parliamentary Debate, which is awesome in case you were wondering. There’s nothing like interrupting your opponent with a question by standing with one hand on your head and your other hand in the air (fun fact: one of the captains said that this is custom because Members of Parliament used to hold their wigs with one hand and show that they weren’t bearing arms with the other). I actually just came back yesterday from a debate tournament in Boston for novices and had a great time bonding with the team. Both the student body and the administration is so supportive of students to try new things, which is one of the great things about the environment here.
I guess being tired is something I anticipate I will deal with a whole lot more at Dartmouth over my next four years, but it is the kind of weariness that gives me satisfaction. At the end of the day, I know that if I’m exhausted, I’ve been active and involved. So, thank you Dartmouth. If nothing else, you give me a whole lot to think about before I head to bed and you give me the deepest sleeps I’ve ever had.