First and foremost, congratulations to the Dartmouth Class of 2018! Your hard work has paid off and we couldn’t be any more proud of you. Even though you’re objectively the worst class ever, we’re pretty impressed.
It’s gonna be hard to say something that the rest of the bloggers haven’t already covered, so I’ll keep this brief. Dartmouth is real, it’s scary, it’s exciting, it’s happy, free, confused, and lonely in the best way. And you’re gonna rock it.
Due to a combination of factors (impending graduation, fundraising for the senior class gift, writing this blog post, watching “Garden State”) I’ve been pretty nostalgic lately. And I couldn’t be happier about that. I’ve made memories strong enough to last me until now. I have something that makes it hard to say goodbye. So I guess that’s the best advice I can give you – spend the rest of high school making some memories that will make it hard to say goodbye (or at least give you good stories when you get to college).
You’re on the verge of one of the biggest steps in your life – enjoy it. Seriously, don’t overthink it. Do what feels right when you’re making your college pick. You’ll be ok.
One of my favorite parts of “Garden State” is when Natalie Portman tells Zach Braff that he needs to do something ridiculous because “…this is your one opportunity to do something that no one has ever done before and that no one will copy throughout human existence. And if nothing else, you will be remembered as the one guy who ever did this…” Nobody else is going to take the same path through Dartmouth that you do, so all you can do is make it count. Of course, don’t worry too much about making yourself unique, you already will be. The biggest realization I had during my freshman year was that I spent so much time trying to figure out who I wanted to be that I forgot to be myself. (It was also the most cliche moment of my life.)
Anyway, congratulations again. Enjoy senior spring. Come to Dimensions. I’ll get a meal with you. I’m not kidding, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and say you read this on my admissions blog. I will be so happy that people actually read this that I’ll probably buy you a cookie or something. Most of all, welcome home.