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Mar 282014
 

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.

Taylor Swift did not go to Dartmouth, but she probably would have written some good songs about 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).

South Park describes my life disconcertingly well.

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 sjd@dartmouth.edu 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.

Dec 112013
 

“You know, you really don’t have to check the second they put it up. You already got into some decent schools. Don’t worry about whatever that letter will say.”

“Yes ma’am, I know…”

“Good. Then you can get off of your phone and check when we get home.”

“MOM. MOM. MOM.”

“WHAT? Do I need to pull over?”

“NO. MOM, I JUST GOT INTO DARTMOUTH. I’m sorry; I checked. I DON’T EVEN CARE WHAT THE OTHER LETTERS SAY. I GOT INTO DARTMOUTH. That was the only one where I thought, ‘I really loved my interview. If I get into this college, it will have been because of me and on my own.’ DARTMOUTH, MOM. I AM SO HAPPY.”

We're so happy for you!

We’re so happy for you!

If you’re at all like me after I read my acceptance letter, you’re probably so excited right now that you’re stalking everything Dartmouth related on the internet, including but not limited to: blog posts about Dartmouth, Dartmouth paraphernalia, every instagram picture with either #dartmouth or #dartmouth18s, just to find your future classmates, et cetera. First of all, you have every right to do these things. You just got accepted into COLLEGE. All of your hard work has finally paid off. That super padded resume you’ve been building for 4+ years and those hours you spent prepping for standardized tests are finally behind you (for now).

Secondly and perhaps most importantly, I would like to tell you CONGRATULATIONS! I can’t wait to officially welcome you into our Big Green family once you arrive on campus next fall. You’ve made the right choice, and after alerting all social media of which institution you’ll be attending next fall, you can relax. Breathe. Know that what lies ahead is far greater than what you may be leaving behind, and that it is all worth it. Of course, don’t forget about the remainder of your senior year. Cherish these moments you have with your friends and family. At the same time, remember that you are still a student. You still have to pay attention in classes so try your best not to become a victim of senioritis. No pressure.

You guys are the lucky ones, so just remember that. You know where you are going to be spending the next 4+ years of your life, and that is a luxury in itself. You know what you can do now? Stay away from College Confidential and try to be supportive of your friends now and throughout the year as they determine which school their parents will be giving their money to, rather, which school colors they will be proudly wearing from now on. Some of them have to wait until March – even April – to find out where they’ve been accepted. You thought this wait was torture?! You thought wrong. Well, no, it probably was too, but still. It wasn’t that bad because you just got your fairy tale happy ending. YOU ARE GOING TO DARTMOUTH. THE BIG GREEN. THE D. THE DART. DARTHIGH. DU. HOME. I could go on giving you nicknames for the best college ever, not figuratively, forever. Suffice it to say, YOU’RE IN! I apologize for the caps lock overload in this post, but I am just so excited for you. You’re Dartmouth ’18s and you actually exist now. Unbelievable. We ’17s just got here! It’s fine though; we still love you. Good luck with the rest of your exams and finish out senior year with a bang!

Aug 282013
 
Baker Library

Baker Library

Visit Dartmouth during New England’s most spectacular season.

From October through November, we are offering a number of opportunities for prospective students and their families. Please check out the details below and remember to RSVP! Questions? Contact us via email.

October
Join us for an information session and campus tour Monday-Saturday.

  • Monday-Friday: We’re offering twice-daily information sessions and campus tours. RSVP today.
  • Saturdays
    • Oct. 5, 19 & 26 – Prospective students are encouraged to arrive early (10:30 a.m.) for a student forum where they can interact with current Dartmouth students and get answers to their most pressing college questions. After the student forum, everyone is invited to the regularly scheduled information session @ 11:15 a.m. followed by the campus tour @ Noon. RSVP here.
  • Saturday & Monday
    • Oct. 12 & 14 – Join us Homecoming Weekend for our special information sessions featuring a blend of Dartmouth faculty, admissions staff and students. Additional details coming soon. RSVP here.
  • November
    Join us for an information session and campus tour Monday-Saturday.

    • Monday-Friday: We’re offering twice-daily information sessions and campus tours. RSVP today.
    • Saturdays
      • Nov. 2, & 16 – Prospective students are encouraged to arrive early (10:30 a.m.) for a student forum where they can interact with current Dartmouth students and get answers to their most pressing college questions. After the student forum, everyone is invited to the regularly scheduled information session @ 11:15 a.m. followed by the campus tour @ Noon. RSVP here.
    • Saturday & Monday
      • Nov. 9 & 11 – Join us for Veteran’s Weekend and our special information sessions featuring a blend of Dartmouth faculty, admissions staff and students. Additional details coming soon. RSVP here.
    Dec 062012
     

    This post goes out to all the Dartmouth students that are now home for the holidays with this year’s new Academic Calendar extending from Thanksgiving to New Years as well as to the brand new ’17s that are, as of today, part of our Dartmouth family! Congratulations! I am excited to meet the DC- area ’17s at the Dartmouth Club of DC Holiday Party coming up next week.

    As I finish up my time at home in DC this fall quarter, I have realized how crazy fast the time has gone by. After having this “real life” job, I am ready to go back and enjoy my time as a student for a little while longer. Although I have learned so much more in these past ten weeks than I could have imagined I would, I also miss my friends, my sorority and my classes that didn’t start until ten and were only a few steps outside my door. Get ready ’17s, for a fantastic college experience, whether you are in Hanover or taking off-terms in cities all over the world, take advantage of all of it! We’re all waiting to see what you’ll do.

    Also, say ‘Hi!’ on campus!

     

    Nov 142012
     

    Christopher Norman ‘13
    Hometown: San Francisco, California

    Academic Interests: Geography & Sociology majors

    Campus Involvements: Undergraduate Advisor , Rockefeller Leadership Fellow, Casque and Gauntlet Senior Society, Latino Ivy League Conference Head Delegate, First Year Student Enrichment Program (FYSEP) mentor, Former, President and Vice President of La Alianza Latina, Men of Color Alliance, Faith In Action Alternative Spring Break trip leader , Diversity Peer Leadership Program, Geography Foreign Study Program to Prague, Czech Republic, SEAD (Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth) mentor, Former DREAM mentor, Former America Reads tutor

    What does “Latino” mean to you? To me, being Latino means being willing to express and learn about the developing history and culture of one of the U.S.’s fastest growing populations. The meaning of Latino changes depending on your context—from the various Mexican expressions characterized by West Coast influences, to Puerto Rican communities cultivating their culture in New York—Latino identity is shaped by its surroundings. While these nuances exist, the strength in being Latino is in knowing that these populations share parts of their languages, cultures, and histories—and that makes the identity all the stronger.

    Describe Dartmouth in three words: Unique, Challenging, Enlightening

    Favorite aspect of Dartmouth: The students here come from all over the world, and I’ve had the chance to hear so many of their experiences, challenges, aspirations, and perspectives on the people they are and how they’ve grown. I’ve learned so much from my impressive, motivated peers.

    H. Gustavo Ruiz Llopiz ‘14
    Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico   

    Academic Interests: Government major/ minor Education

    Campus Involvements: Dartmouth for UNICEF, President, Dartmouth Black and Latino Business Alliance, Treasurer, Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault

    What does “Latino” mean to you? For me, being Latino means having an extended family of millions of people across borders.

    Describe Dartmouth in three words: Challenging, Fast-paced, Welcoming

    Favorite aspect of Dartmouth: My favorite aspect of Dartmouth is the number of leadership opportunities it has to offer.

    Daniela Hernández ‘15
    Hometown: San Antonio, TX

    Academic Interests: Hispanic Studies – Spanish Literature | Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies

    Campus Involvements: Ballet Folklórico de Dartmouth, Dartmouth Fashion Council, First-Year Student Enrichment Program, La Alianza Latina, Sexperts

    What does “Latino” mean to you? Being Latina is definitely one of the first words that I use to describe myself. I use this term because it encompasses my history, culture, and struggles in a way that is open-ended yet extremely specific at the same time. Paradoxically, being a Latino means having history and traits link you to almost every race in the world, without actually being part of only one race or people. This term reminds me that I am multi-faceted and that I do not have to be defined by any labels or classifications that others wish to impose on me.

    Describe Dartmouth in three words: Challenging, life-changing, and a blessing.

    Favorite aspect of Dartmouth: I love the relationship that Dartmouth has with its students. From the first moment that I stepped on campus I immediately felt the positive, friendly, and inviting atmosphere that the students, faculty, and campus projected. I think that Dartmouth has the ability to make anyone feel at home, even through the rough times.

    Francisco J. Herrera, Jr. ‘13
    Hometown: Miami, Florida

    Academic Interests: Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies Major, Chemistry Minor

    Campus Involvements:
    First Year Student Enrichment Program mentor, La Alianza Latina, MEChA, Latin@ Partnership for Success, Spanish Drill Instructor, Novack Café Sales Associate, Undergraduate Advisor to the, LALACS Affinity House, Chemistry & Calculus tutor

    What does “Latino” mean to you? I think being Latino is about having a family that at some point came to the US from Latin America. That being said, when I think about how I live my Latino-ness, I think of Nicaraguan and Caribbean food, Spanish music and literatures, dancing, laughing, being careful with my money and some more laughing.

    Describe Dartmouth in three words: Challenging, Opportunity, Forests

    Favorite aspect of Dartmouth: My favorite aspect of Dartmouth is that even though it can be extremely challenging, you can always find help when you need it.

    Adriana Flores ‘13
    Hometown: Eugene, OR, prior to that Los Angeles, CA, from El Salvador

    Academic Interests: Spanish Major, Italian Minor

    Campus Involvements: Cru Christian Group, Epsilon Kappa Theta Sorority, Panhellenic Council, House Manager and Usher for the Hopkins Center, Italian Drill Instructor, Gospel Choir, Sunday School Volunteer at Christ Redeemer Church

    What does “Latino” mean to you? Latino means coming from a background of Latin America, whether you were born abroad or in the U.S. Being Latino means that your family or part of it speaks Spanish or Spanglish! Latino, to me, means strength, family, courage because in my opinion Latinos are a diverse and strong group of people.

    Describe Dartmouth in three words: Challenging, diverse, community

    Favorite aspect of Dartmouth: My favorite aspect about Dartmouth is the smaller communities that I am able to be a part of. I have found friendships and many people that I’ve come to consider almost my family.

    Mar 292012
     

    Hey guys! First of all CONGRATULATIONS on getting into Dartmouth. Here’s a link to my post to the early decision sixteens. Much of this applies to all of you as well.

    http://www.dartmouth.edu/~dartmouthdirect/2011/12/to-the-sixteens/

    Over the next few weeks you guys will be making one of the most important decisions of your life. Many of you might have excellent offers from other colleges as well and are closely looking at every aspect of every college to make sure you make the right decision. I was in the same position exactly a year ago. Today, while writing this post, I am filled with immense happiness and pride for choosing Dartmouth which ended up being the perfect choice for me. Although it’s probably true that Dartmouth may not be for everybody, but trust me, Dartmouth’s versatility and welcoming nature ensures that most people will have the best time of their life at this institution!

    So the major question is why should you choose Dartmouth? You’ll probably find thousands of answers to that question. I’ll just add some of my own experiences to that list.

    One major thing you’ll always hear about Dartmouth is the focus on undergraduate studies. Trust me that is NO joke! All classes are taught by professors. They also have additional office hours when you can ask them for help or just have a nice chat with them. To see world class professors working extremely hard for you is truly inspirational and you can find that at Dartmouth! This is one of the biggest and most important reasons i’m completely in love with Dartmouth!

    Next is the versatility. This is something I’ve talked about in my previous posts. Dartmouth has something for everybody. You meet loads of different kinds of people and all of them have made their place in this wonderful institute. For example, coming from Pakistan my favorite sport has always been Cricket. Coming to the US, I assumed that I probably will not get to play cricket during my time here. However I was in for an amazing surprise when I found out that Dartmouth actually had a cricket club. I get to play cricket every single week here. Many people have had similar experiences with their passions. Sometimes when there actually isn’t an official organization for you, then you can easily create one. Best thing is that you will almost always get both funding from Dartmouth as well as support from peers, administration as well as professors. It’s magnificent!

    I’m sure that many of you will already have heard of the amazing study abroad opportunities, the flexible schedule, amazing internships, world class resources, and the millions of other things Dartmouth has to offer. All of these together make Dartmouth a really magical institute. However something that struck me the most was the amount of love students have for this college. People are actually passionate about making it a better place and almost everyone wholeheartedly believes in the greatness of this institution. I’ve also talked about a magical feeling associated with being here in some of my previous posts. The best thing about this feeling is that it keeps increasing over time. As I said, each week brings something new, presents a new challenge, and gives us the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and emotionally.

    Overall, I’d just like to say that you guys are a really lucky bunch. Think about your college choices carefully, but speaking from experience I HIGHLY recommend Dartmouth! I am super excited to see you all on campus and I can’t wait to see all of you soon! Make the most of your last few pre-college months!
    Cheers!

    Mar 292012
     

    Dear Dartmouth Direct readers,

    Thursday, March 29th, was a very big day for the admissions office – we went live with our admissions decisions for the Class of 2016! The entire Dartmouth community is thrilled to welcome its newest members. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring guests posts from tour guides, faculty, and administrators on this site. We hope you enjoy hearing from voices across campus as we share our excitement about the Class of 2016.

    Jan 292012
     

    With Dartmouth’s financial aid deadline fast approaching (applications are due February 1st), join us for a special Dartmouth Direct Live! show at 8pm EST on Tuesday, January 31st for everything you need to know about financial aid. Senior Assistant Director of Admissions John Beck will be joined in the studio by Senior Assistant Director of Financial Aid Christen O’Connor. No webcam needed. Sit back and watch or participate by asking us questions and we’ll do our best to answer them, Live!

    Jan 092012
     

    Update: Recording of live show posted below

    January 1st is now safely in the review mirror, but we know you haven’t quite stopped thinking about your applications. While the anxiety over application essays and standardized testing has passed, you might still have a number of questions about what to do from now until when decisions are released at the end of March. Join us tomorrow, 1/10, at 8pm EST for a Dartmouth Direct Live! chat with updates from the admissions office and answers to frequently asked questions. Admissions intern Thandar Aung ’12 will be joined in the studio by Senior Assistant Director of Admissions John Beck ’09. Additional admissions officers will be available in the text that. No webcam needed. Sit back and watch or participate by asking us questions and we’ll do our best to answer them, Live!

    Dec 192011
     

    Update: Recording of live show posted below

    With the January 1st Regular Decision deadline rapidly approaching, why not view this 2011 recording of Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Maria Laskaris and Director of Admissions Recruitment Dan Parish Tuesday chatting about last minute application tips. The show was originally hosted in December 2011 for Dartmouth Direct Live!