May 052015

Hanover is pretty isolated, but there are still tons of things to do!

You really have to take advantage of the ~outdoors~ and the unique activities that you can only really do in New England:

1. Apple Picking
Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon (the next town over) offers apple picking at really low prices

Apple picking @ Poverty Lane Orchards

Apple picking @ Poverty Lane Orchards

2. Walk around Occom Pond

Occom Pond in September

Occom Pond in September

3. Star gazing at the golf course

Hanover Golf Course

Hanover Golf Course

4. Collis After Dark
The Collis Student Center offers free programming every weekend night. Events range from Pub Trivia to free movie screenings to lazer tag.
Check out more here.

For more ideas on what to do in Hanover, check out this list!

There’s something to do for everyone! Sometimes you just have to get creative.

-Monica Stretten ’15

Spring Term!

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Apr 222015

It’s now April and spring has finally arrived! 

Don’t get me wrong. I think winter can be beautiful. I’m from Southern California and first time I ever saw snow in real life was when I came to Dartmouth. This past winter was one of the coldest in New Hampshire history, which makes me so much more appreciative of warm weather than I ever have.

Now that the snow has finally melted, kids around campus are sporting shorts and tank tops every day. It’s a wopping 60 degrees today, a temperature that makes most Southern Californians shiver, but most of my classmates are wearing dresses and sandals. It’s funny how relative even temperature can be.

This term, I’m really looking forward to…

The 43rd Annual Dartmouth Powwow over Mother’s Day Weekend
learn more here

Green Key Weekend
and the free concert!
learn more here

Going to the river and taking advantage of the cheap kayak & canoe rentals from the Ledyard Canoe Club

Hanging on the Green

And just enjoying the sun!

Spring is the best term at Dartmouth and I am so excited that it has finally arrived :)

peace & blessinz,
Monica Stretten ’15

Mar 312015


You are now and forever will be a ‘19.

Now that you know where you are going to college, you can relax and enjoy the rest of your senior year while the rest of your friends and classmates continue to stress about their futures. The pressure has been slightly reduced, but be sure to stay on top of your schoolwork and grades. The Admissions Office will still check those at the end of the year!

You might be wondering what you just got yourself into. This is an exciting (and possibly scary) time. Keep reading for some helpful information.

Here is a list of some important things to look out for:


  • Financial aid package
    If you applied for financial aid then you should have received this information along with your acceptance. Look it over!
  • ‘19s Facebook group
    You’ll be invited to join this group by the Admissions Interns. Use this to connect with your future classmates! Ask questions, get to know each other, maybe even coordinate a meet & greet with other ‘19s in your area.


  • Blitz
    The Computing Services office will send you information about setting up your blitz (AKA Dartmouth email account) information. This is how you will communicate with your new friends and professors, as well as learn about events on campus and clubs to join. This is very important to make sure to check your blitz account regularly after you’ve set it up.

  • First-Year Trips (AKA Trips)
    First-Year Trips are put on by the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC). You’ll receive information in the mail about signing up for First-Year Trips! Check out the DOC’s website about Trips here:

  • Computer
    The Computer Store will contact you about purchasing a new computer for college. All Dartmouth students are required to own a computer on campus. You can include the cost of your computer in your financial aid package. If you already own a computer then you do not need to purchase one from Dartmouth. Additionally, you may get a computer elsewhere and bring it with you to college. If you order a computer through the College then you will pick it up when you arrive to campus in September. Checkout the Computer Store merchandise and information here:

  • Room assignment & roommates
    The Office of Residential Life (ORL) will have you fill out a survey about your living habits and preferences. They use this to determine where you will live and who your roommates will be (if you have any). Your room and roommate assignments come out later in the summer.


  • Room & roommate assignments
    Check your blitz this month to find out where you’ll be living and who (if anyone) you’ll be living with!

  • Beginning of Trips for some
    Trips begin at the end of August for Varsity athletes and students from the Northeast.


  • Beginning of Trips for all
    Everyone else will start their First-Year Trips, just before Orientation!

  • Orientation
    Orientation week starts just after Move-In Day. This is how you’ll get acquainted with your new home for the next 4 years, meet your classmates, and answer any questions you may have!

  • Start of classes
    You’ll choose your courses during Orientation week, after you’ve met with your assigned academic advisor. Classes start in mid-September, one week after the beginning of Orientation. Make sure you’ve purchased your notebooks & pens! Many students purchase their books at Wheelock Books (2 W. Wheelock St, Hanover, NH 03755) or online.

So, now you’re a little more prepared for Dartmouth. Just remember: many of the other ‘19s are just as confused as you might be. And don’t be afraid to ask older students questions when you get to campus; they were lost once, too.

P.S. Dartmouth has a unique vocabulary. And we really liked acronyms. Check out the ‘Shmen Guide to learn the lingo before you get to campus:

 Good luck & congratulations again!

Mar 022015

So I have a handful of beloved professors at Dartmouth. On the list are Vera Palmer and Colin Calloway, both from Native American Studies (NAS). I’ve already talked about my experience with NAS in previous posts so I’m going to try to branch out a little this time.

That leaves me with one of the coolest profs around: Jason Houle.

I took Professor Houle’s Quantitative Analysis of Social Data (SOCY 10) in the Sociology department last term. This was hands down one of my favorite classes at Dartmouth. I’m probably a little biased because I really like math and critical thinking but I truly felt so engaged throughout the entire 10-week course. People are often confused when I tell them how much I enjoyed this course, a true testament to the Professor Houle’s ability to engage the classroom during his lectures.

He wasn’t afraid to lightly poke fun at the students in our class, incorporating various facts about Dartmouth into the class examples of problem-solving. He created problems that required us to calculate the variance in GPA between various fictional Greek letter organizations, utilized campus characters like our College President, and other aspects that made the questions more relatable. Over all it was just plain fun. I don’t think a lot of people say that college statistics is a very fun subject, but Professor Houle definitely made it so.

Honestly, I wish I had taken SOCY 10 with him sooner and could have known how engaging he can be. I would have loved to have taken his Sociology of Mental Health class.

Professor Jason Houle

Feb 172015

I think I’ve mentioned this in one or two of my previous posts, but the biggest reason that I chose Dartmouth was the large Native American community and esteemed Native American Studies program.

I’m Native myself, a member of the Chickahominy Tribe, but was raised in a conservative, predominantly white community in Southern California. My mom made sure that my sister and I grew up with a lot of knowledge of and ties to our culture. I was used to being the only Native kid at my school; it was all I knew. But once I got to high school, I felt extremely isolated from the rest of the student body. This was largely due to my school’s mascot: the Warrior. It was hard to see my culture be trivialized and essentially mocked for the enjoyment of a cohort of people that had no idea what any of the appropriated symbols stood for or how damaging it is to rely on stereotypes of an entire race of people. I knew that I needed a different experience in college. I needed a supportive community that would understand and share my same life experiences and perspectives.

I heard that Dartmouth had a large Native student population, now almost 5%, which is one of the largest statistics of any competitive school in the country. I started to research more and discovered the Native American Studies program. While I had already come from a strong cultural background, I knew that there was more I needed to learn. I want to work as a doctor in a tribal community and I thought that the best way to serve my people was to be sure that I learn more, especially since no two Native American communities in the United States are identical. As an interdisciplinary program, Native American Studies has allowed me to explore Native experiences through historical, political, cultural, literary, and anthropological lenses.

Native Americans at Dartmouth (NAD) Grad

I was pretty set on Dartmouth after learning about all of the resources that would be available to me here as a Native student. And as I researched other aspects of the College, I started to idealize this place and fell in love. I saw satirical videos and articles published by the Jack-O-Lantern, the humor magazine on campus that Dr. Seuss once wrote for. I learned about the various famous alumni of the College: Dr. Seuss, Robert Frost, Mindy Kaling, Rachel Dratch, Shonda Rhimes, Aisha Tyler, and the list goes on. I read about all of the really quirky campus traditions: freshman bonfire, polar bear swim, human dog-sled race, etc. I wanted to go to a school that would provide me with opportunities to just have fun and enjoy my youth while I still have it.

Plus the fact that Dartmouth was ranked #1 in undergraduate teaching at the time was a huge bonus. I didn’t realize how important it would be for me to be able to have intimate classroom experiences with my professors and classmates, and to receive more personal attention to bolster my understanding and learning of the material. As my largest class this term has 13 students, I can say that I absolutely cannot imagine learning in a different (larger) environment.

I have learned and grown so much here. I can’t imagine having gone to another college.

Jan 282015

People are often surprised (and even confused) when I tell them that I’m double majoring in Romance Languages and Native American Studies, modified with Global Health.

What a mouthful.

The truth is, with a liberal arts education like Dartmouth’s you can combine any set of academic fields and make it work. I’m interested in working in Indigenous healthcare, both in the US and abroad. So my three fields of study really do overlap.

I’ve found a lot of flexibility with modifying one’s major at Dartmouth. Most majors require about 10 courses in the respective department. When you modify, you usually take about 6 major courses and 4 courses in the area of modification. In my case, I have taken predominantly Native American Studies courses and a handful of courses that pertain to Global Health.

Romance Languages was the perfect solution to a small problem I had my freshman year. I studied Spanish in high school but always wanted to learn French. But in the process of studying French, I didn’t want to lose my knowledge of Spanish. Catch 22.
Then I found out that you can major in both! When studying Romance Languages, you focus 2 of the 4 languages offered (Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese). It’s really fun to be able to learn multiple languages, which is really easy to do here because of our unique Drill Method.

I know people who are combining Chemistry with Digital Arts and Economics with Arabic. College is the only time to be able to explore your passions. When you get there, don’t be afraid to study what you want rather than what you think you should. Why waste time with something that doesn’t inspire you?

Jan 212015

I primarily decided to come to Dartmouth for its large Native student population. I knew that I wanted to be part of a community that would support me academically, socially, and culturally – especially at a school that is so far away from my home state of California and tribal community in Virginia.


Founded in the early 1970s after the recommitment of the College to its founding principle (educating Native youth), Native Americans at Dartmouth (NAD) has become the center of the Native life on campus. Officially NAD aims to provide a voice for indigenous experiences and concerns, as well as to facilitate relationship-building between community members. From putting on informal events like community dinners and study breaks to organizing discussions with faculty and visitors to campus, we really try to engage with one another in all regards. We have many students in our community who are non-Native and we welcome the opportunity to teach other Dartmouth students about our cultures and perspectives.

The Native American House is the unofficial headquarters of NAD. I can go there at any time of day to find friends, eat leftover food, or even take naps. And I’ve had many impromptu sleep-overs with friends and classmates there during finals and reading periods…

Native American House

NAD also hosts the Dartmouth Powwow that takes place every Mother’s Day Weekend (Saturday & Sunday) on the Green, a very central and visible space on campus. It’s the second largest student-run powwow on the East Coast and is, in my opinion, one of the most important events that takes place at Dartmouth. The Powwow Committee works hard all year-round to put everything together. It is definitely not something to miss!

Dartmouth Powwow

There are a handful of “sub-groups” within NAD that have special focuses like the Occom Pond Singers (drum group), Native Dancing Society (powwow dancing), Indigenous Living Languages (focused on language revitalization), First Voices (publication focused on indigenous issues), and many more!

Occom Pond Singers

NAD is essentially the glue that keeps the Native community together, providing forums to interact with each other and explore all kinds of areas (cultural, academic, political, etc.). It has truly given me a family and a home away from home. I cannot imagine my time at Dartmouth without this community.

Jan 192015

Hello there, incredible smart and talented applicants!


In just a short time, you will be starting your college career at what I believe will be a great institution for you, Dartmouth or otherwise.


Luckily, I found a great home at Dartmouth, but the application and admission process can be quite taxing. It causes you to constantly wonder whether or not you are “good enough”. Trust and believe that regardless of the decision, you and your application impressed the Admissions Officers at Dartmouth. The fact that you even chose to apply to Dartmouth showcases your bravery, drive, and determination. Here are 3 tips I recommend for dealing with a declined or rejected offer of admission. Best of luck!


Kevin Gillespie ‘15


  1. When one door closes many more can open


Remember that you are very smart and very talented. You have spent your entire life thus far proving exactly the aforementioned. Many colleges and universities will be impressed with what you offer to their community and their incoming class. If Dartmouth says “no”, just think of how many more schools now have the chance to say “yes”. Talk to your counselors, friends, family, mentors, etc. about where you should apply now. While Dartmouth hones incredible leaders and intellectuals, many institutions do the same. New doors are now wide open for you–now you have to dare to enter.


  1. Remember that you are more than your application

Though your application may be a summary of your hard work, it is certainly not the end all. Scores, grades, and accomplishments are only part of your story. When you begin the process of applying elsewhere, be sure to showcase as much about you as possible. I often find that the students who tend to be admitted do well at this. Treat your application as a story you want to tell. Something compelling, heartfelt, and colorful. Crafting such an application goes far beyond the paper form itself. Show your inner picasso or einstein. You are truly incredible. Now is your time to shine even brighter than before.

  1. Have fun



Remember that elementary school you? Yeah, the kid that didn’t think much about college,  jobs, research, or Model UN?  Remember to be this person. College is so much fun! You are about to have what may very well be the funnest time of your young life. Dartmouth may have been the platform for said fun, but even if it isn’t, all hope is not lost. College is more than a new start to the awesome resume you’ll build in the next four years–it’s the place where you’ll make new friends, interact with incredible professors, and build an incredible you! More so, don’t forget that you are finishing your last year of grade school. Create memories that will last a lifetime and remember that the college admissions process is only part of that.

Well, I hope these few tips help you to relax and recall how epic of a human being you are. The answer from Dartmouth may be “no”, but the fun, crazy, and overly engaging moments you hope to have are still straight ahead!

Dec 172014

Although I never want to admit that I’m getting older, I can’t deny that a new class is joining the ranks! And while I do not know whether to be jealous of all the love they will be showered with in the coming year or welcome them with gift baskets full of Dartmouth gear, I can say I’m glad the new prospies-turned-19s are getting ready to take the reigns! It’s a bit sad to admit, but when people ask me what year I am, I still struggle to remember I’m a sophomore (or a ’17) because freshman year was such an amazing year for me thanks to the community and opportunities I found at Dartmouth.

But enough about me, this is dedicated to you, 19s! The essays, the tests, the recommendations… we know applying wasn’t easy. But congratulations on all of the hard work you put into getting to where you are today. You’ve got the rest of your senior year to go out with a bang! So make it happen and get ready for a whirlwind of emotions, experiences and EBAs because Dartmouth is more than ready for you to set foot on campus in September and find your way as the best class ever!

Need some help on your journey to becoming the best class ever? Be sure to check come back to DartBeat for FAQs, advice for your incoming class, and many voices of Dartmouth experiences!

For those of you who don’t have your college fate sealed yet, don’t fret! The road hasn’t ended for you and you still have the rest of senior year to make the choices you want to make and plan the life you want to lead. So don’t give up hope now because the future is still ahead of you, so make the most of it!

Dec 102014

Do you want to see the world but don’t have the means to? If you’re like me then the answer is yes.

Luckily, The William Jewett Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth (AKA The Tucker Foundation) provides loads of opportunities for undergrads to travel for little to no cost through their service trips.

The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program allows students to lead and attend service-learning trips, both international and domestic, over spring break (in mid-March). On these trips, students conduct short-term projects for communities to help and learn about social justice issues such as poverty, homelessness, health disparities, and the environment.

This year, students will be traveling to Denver, the Dominican Republic, Florida, Washington DC, and West Virginia. I participated on the Dominican Republic trip in 2012 which focused on development in Batey Libertad, a Haitian migrant community in the western part of the country. ASBs typically cost students $200, which covers transportation, food, and housing. Luckily, financial aid is available for those who cannot afford the $200.

The Tucker Foundation also sponsors the Nicaragua Cross Cultural Education and Service Program (CCESP) to Siuna, Nicaragua for two weeks during winter break. This trip consists of two teams: Community Health & Community Development. The Community Health team is comprised of mostly undergrads and a handful of Geisel medical students and Dartmouth-affiliated doctors. They set-up a temporary health clinic and see patients from various communities of the area, as well as work with health promoters from each community to explore and address prevalent public health concerns. The Community Development team is made up of all undergrads who help with infrastructural development in the area. When I went on this trip in 2012, the Development team aided in a clean-water project.

Both the ASB and CCESP require a seminar during the entirety of the term before the trips to learn relevant cultural and political background of the countries and specific areas of travel/service.

View of Siuna, Nicaragua from above

View of Siuna, Nicaragua from above

To learn more about the Tucker Foundation, visit their website here:

I hope you consider participating in one of these programs if you come to Dartmouth! They were very rewarding experiences for me.