Many things in my life have changed over the last 19 years, but my appreciation for the people around me has not. A sense of community and belongingness has always remained a top priority, even when my life has changed in various drastic and important ways. As I’m sure many prospective students are aware, the transition from high school to college will be one of those times–times in which change itself can seem to jeopardize our existing feelings of community and belongingness.
Nonetheless–and this I can promise you–I have found precisely that at Dartmouth. It is a diverse and eclectic community, yet one that is intimate enough to make genuine friends and find support in groups of good people. In the various sub-commmunities I’ve joined at Dartmouth, I have found the belongingness I desired when I left home.
Since the beginning of my freshman year, I have been in an all-male a cappella group, the Dartmouth Cords. The guys I’ve met through the group have served as mentors, role models, and above all, friends. Then, this past fall, I joined a fraternity. While the media portrays the Dartmouth Greek system with mixed reviews, I have had an overwhelmingly positive experience with my fraternity. The other brothers have taught me many things about how to succeed at Dartmouth, how to have fun, and more generally, how to be happy. Since rushing in September, an indisputable feeling of welcomeness has surrounded me.
While this post may be filled with clichés and corny descriptions of camaraderie and community, I hope that my central point still stands: Dartmouth has become my home, and many of its students feel like family.