So Senior Week and Graduation are finally upon us here in Hanover. I wish I could give you some dazzling, worldly advice, but I can’t come up with much that hasn’t already been said. I guess all I’ve got is
1. Don’t be evil.
2. They’re spelled ‘Novack’ and ‘Occom’, not ‘Novak’ and ‘Occum’.
A lot of my first couple years here was spent trying to be the kind of person who would be able to give advice once I graduated. I saw the ’11s and the ’12s and the incredible things they brought to this school, and wanted to be exactly like them. I joined a ton of clubs, took hard classes, had countless auditions and interviews, wrote a questionably-articulate admissions blog, and realized that I wasn’t very good at most of the things I did. I got rejected from a lot of things, and was mediocre at the ones I did. When I became social chair of my fraternity, I took the ego gratification of a executive position over the moral gratification of doing something I actually cared about, and I was miserable. I’d finally found the one thing I was good at, and I hated it.
It was a weird experience, but as I’ve probably mentioned before, the friends I made and the skills I gained along the way made it worth it. Sometimes, it really is the side effects that save us. Dartmouth has been nothing if not humbling, and at this point, I don’t feel like I can say anything that wouldn’t be more meaningful if you learned it on your own.
(Though I will reiterate that both evil and misspellings are generally frowned upon at this institution. Just a heads-up.)
Anyway, I’ll be back here in the fall for the fifth year of the engineering program, but I’m still saying goodbye to a lot of things. A lot of my friends, a lot of my extracurriculars, this blog. I’m passing on a lot of institutional memory to the younger members of the clubs I do. (GET IT?? THE TITLE IS TOTALLY A PUN!!) It took four years of humbling myself and learning from people who were actually passionate and good at things, instead of blindly trying to one-up them, but now maybe I am a little bit relevant.
In keeping with that theme, I’ll be helping organize Orientation in the fall, so i’ll probably meet you then. Enjoy your summers, enjoy Trips, and, as always, blitz me if you have any questions whatsoever. firstname.lastname@example.org
See you in the fall,
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