It’s been a pretty hectic couple of weeks, which is interesting because I’ve had a lot to write about but very little time in which to write it. Accordingly, this’ll probably end up as kind of a double post.
You’ll probably hear a lot about Green Key from any current student, but very little in the way of an explanation. I’m not going to break with that trend here, Green Key is hard to describe, but easy to experience. Pretty much anywhere you go on campus, you’re bound to find some sort of celebration or adventure or diversion from the usual rhythm of college life. This year, we had performances from Lupe Fiasco, the Chainsmokers, and a ton of local and regional touring bands which meant that there was music happening somewhere on campus pretty much continuously for the entire weekend. Even my old roommate decided to get in on the action and presented his senior piano recital on Saturday afternoon. The music, combined with the fact that President Hanlon must have finally found Jim Kim’s weather machine and kept the weather sunny despite the forecast, made for a phenomenal weekend to be outside. (Seriously though, it’s always good weather here when it needs to be: Green Key, Homecoming Bonfire, Dimensions… except for Fieldstock my sophomore summer. We don’t talk about that.)
I might have tried to take advantage of the outdoors a little too much and ended up in the ER after taking a Frisbee to the face, but I got ice cream after my stitches so I guess that worked out ok.
It’s weird how the term seems to be wrapping up already. My friends are presenting their theses, we’re getting Commencement instructions in the mail, and I’m booking flights for my research job at Case Western this summer. I just finished the last paper for my architecture class, which will probably be the last non-engineering paper of my life. Around this time four years ago, I was researching dorms online, so I guess it’s appropriate that I finish by researching Dartmouth dorms again for a paper on the design of the Choates. While I was writing, I got sidetracked and ended up reading the Wikipedia article on all the buildings at Dartmouth. I hadn’t even heard of a pretty big chunk of them. After four years here, I still have places left to explore. I’ve been trying to check all of them out without being egregiously creepy. Of course, most of them are just classrooms and offices. I probably should have expected that. There have been some gems though: crazy artwork, underground tunnels, that greenhouse on top of the biology building. I found a secret society house while attempting to chase a rogue moose. Heck, I found the secret hiding place of the Keggy the Keg suit once, but got sworn to secrecy. Even if it isn’t Green Key, the possibilities on this campus are hard to describe, but easy to experience.
I’m still kind of holding out and looking for some sort of Harry Potter-esque Room of Requirement, but it’s probably not going to happen. Then again, I would never have been able to tell the story of climbing on to the roof of my high school if the seniors hadn’t told me there was a pool up there. So yeah, there’s a pool on the roof.