As any upperclassmen will tell you, sophomore summer is full of unforgettable experiences. Just to make sure you never forget any of those moments, it’s important to document as many of them as possible. But with so many great “iPhone camera” moments (forget Kodak, it’s 2014), how can you possibly pick just one to feature on your aesthetically pleasing, extremely-thought-out Instagram page? Answer: you can’t. Instagram all of them. The Bucket List Photo Whether it’s jumping off the giant rope swing by Gilman Island or sharing an enormous Vermonster from Ben and Jerry’s, some things were just meant for sophomore summer. If you don’t document these moments, how will people know you’re actually accomplishing things? #14XItOffTheList The Farmer’s Market Photo On Wednesdays, we buy flowers. And crepes. And kettle corn. And various types of cheese. And weird vegetables I’ve never heard of before, but hey, it makes for a good picture. #FavoriteDayOfTheWeek The “Summer School” Photo Some relatives and high school friends just can’t seem to grasp the concept of taking classes during the summer. This picture of you having a grand ol’ time is to make sure people know it’s not all about the academics. “Ivy… Read more »
When my family started making plans to visit campus this summer, I was ecstatic to show them everything about my life at Dartmouth. As Sophomore Family Weekend starting getting closer and closer, though, I started to wonder how I was going to entertain so many people for a weekend in Hanover. Lou’s is great for breakfast, but what do we do for the rest of the day? I mean you can only take so many tours of the clock tower. With my mom, sister, cousins and just about every other person I’ve ever known coming to see me, it seemed like my Sophomore Family Weekend was about to be one for the books. It was. The first day was pretty easy. My family arrived on Friday and it was an overall pretty relaxed day. There was a lot of catching up to do, and we basically just chatted the day away while walking around campus. Saturday, though, was when the real adventure began. My family and I ditched Hanover for a few hours and drove to Vermont to enjoy some of the finer scenery that New England has to offer. Once we made our way back to Dartmouth, we enjoyed… Read more »
Dartmouth is an extremely fit place as far as college campuses go. Nearly a quarter of undergraduate students are varsity athletes and three-quarters of undergrads participate in a form of athletics, including club and intramural sports. There is also, however, an extremely large NARP (non-athletic regular person) contingency on this campus, although you may not have guessed it. If you’re a member of this exclusive grouping, chances are you already have some tactics for hiding it or you’ve fully embraced your NARP status. But if you’ve found yourself lost, searching for answers in a sea of rowers and football players, we would like to help. 1. Always go to the gym at the most popular times of the day. Honestly, I don’t know what these times are, but find out and be there! It really doesn’t matter much what you do at the gym, but soon people will start coming up to you and saying things like, “Do you spend all your time here?” The facetime is crucial. Maximize it by taking one of the first machines on the main floor. 2. Regardless of your activity level for the day, wear athletic clothes. Sure, you may just be lying in… Read more »
It’s sophomore summer, a time of tanning by the river and reading on the Green. Of course, each beautiful Hanover day we get comes at a price: the ever-looming threat of a sporadic downpour. There’s no rhyme or reason to this crazy New England weather, and even the forecasts can’t seem to get it down. Ever since I had to dump my bag on two of my roommates I saw walking so I could finish biking home through a sudden downpour a few weeks ago, I’ve been extra paranoid about making sure I’m prepared for the all-too-common swings in New Hampshire weather. Here are some tips I’ve accumulated through my own rainy experiences to avoid getting caught unprepared in the rain. 1. Move your bike under cover or indoors when you’re not riding it, or it will start to look like this. 2. Always check the forecast before setting out for the day… not that it will be of much use. Don’t be fooled by the sunshine—those storms roll in fast. If there’s the slightest chance of rain, bring a rain jacket. 3. On that note, bring an umbrella too, just in case. In fact, bring two, so you can… Read more »
No, that wasn’t a typo. It really is week six of 14X already, and for 16s that means you’re more than halfway through with the famed sophomore summer. At this time of the term, midterms have started up (14Xtremelybehind) and you may find yourself staring at a behemoth of a bucket list with no check marks or slashes through marking completion. Don’t worry, we know how you feel.
1. You’ve hardly done any of your readings/problem sets/any kind of work whatsoever for your classes.
2. That bucket list we mentioned? Yeah, better get started on that one too.
3. Wait, you have how many exams/papers/projects due this week?!
4. And your family arrives on Friday?!
5. Brain is in overload and can’t function.
6. Decide that it’s all a lost cause and retire to your bed to watch Netflix and nap, simply pretending that all the work and stress don’t exist.
This week’s dessert is, strangely enough, inspired by King Arthur Flour’s Instagram account. I have a bad habit of liking food photos more than photos with my friends in them, and this summer, I started following more food accounts than ever before. Yes, food has been on my mind, and this week’s dessert is arguably my least sweet since I began writing this column. Perhaps I am still recovering from the sweetness of my “Sangria” shake, I’m not sure. But as I was scrolling through my food-saturated Instagram newsfeed I stumbled across a photo from King Arthur Flour of a piece of rye bread with peanut butter and cinnamon — yes, cinnamon — on it. What?!
I went to FoCo almost immediately to try the combo, but I couldn’t find any cinnamon. So instead, I have made a KAF-inspired concoction this week that takes me back to my middle school days, when my mom would sometimes make me an afternoon snack that consisted of peanut butter spread on a celery stick with raisins on top — affectionately called “ants on a log.” My new spin on the dessert, which I am calling “ants on a raft,” uses whole… Read more »