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 »
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.
You may be familiar with the monthly Harper’s Index — a well-researched, legitimate list of pithy statistics documenting life around the world. This is not the Harper’s Index. But since we’re more than a month into sophomore summer, I feel that it’s time to look back on what students at Dartmouth have accomplished so far in our own, newly-minted Dartbeat index. I’m not a math major, so some of these stats may be a tiny bit off, but believe me when I say that they’re based on solid observational evidence.
Dartbeat’s Sophomore Summer Index
Average number of classes I imagine my peers are taking: 2.4
Number of items on my Sophomore Summer bucket list: 53
Number of bucket list items I have accomplished: 10
Number of bucket lists I have actually written down: 0
Average number of daylight hours I spend sleeping: 6
Average daily hours spent outside: 5
Average weekly hours of motivation: -4
Percent of undergraduates I suspect have acquired illegitimate air conditioners: 47
Percent of undergraduates I imagine are suffering from heat regardless: 100
Chance that I’m at the river (natural watercourse): 1 in 4
Chance that I’m at the River (unnatural cluster): 0
Factor by which I am less… Read more »
1. The Orozco room Although I remember this room being a little warmer than I like, it’s apparently gotten better over the past months. Bring down an iced tea from KAF and you’re set to study! 2. FoCo FoCo is always the perfect temperature. A great air-conditioned destination gets even cooler with a cold beverage and/or a refreshing scoop of ice cream! 3. Novack Not only does it offer a quick food source as well as a newly renovated seating area, Novack also offers one of the coolest spots in the library, if not in all of campus. The outdoor seating is a decent option as well; that strange extension of building finally comes in good use as a source of constant shade during these sunny days. 4. Fairchild The air in Fairchild circulates very well; some of my coolest classes have been in there. Kresge Library is another prime study spot on campus. For those who have never been, Kresge and Fairchild are worth the visit! 5. Kemeny/Haldeman As one of the newest and nicest classroom buildings on campus, Haldeman and Kemeny certainly deserve a shout out in this list. Lots of great spaces can be found in here, including the round… Read more »