The mirror asks: the end of the year


The Mirror Writers share their thoughts on the end of the spring term and look forward to what summer may bring.

by The Mirror Staff | 06/01/22 02:05

End of Spring Term: Scary, Exciting, or a Relief? Why?

Adrienne Murr ’25: Scary. Imagining a new freshman class is disgusting.

Audrey O’Brien ’25: All of the above: It’s scary how quickly the year has gone by, but I’m so relieved to have a long break and excited to start my sophomore year (closer to summer sophomore!!! ).

Gretchen Bauman’25: Scary! Spring has gone by so fast it feels like it didn’t even happen.

Hannah Shariff ’25: Scary, because I’m not ready for second grade yet. But now that I finally feel comfortable here, I can’t wait to see how I continue to grow!

Kaia Culotta ’25: Definitely a bit scary considering it’s the end of my freshman year of college, but also very exciting too. I had a great first year here and look forward to spending time with my friends and family this summer and then starting another great year in the fall.

Marius De Martino ’25: A relief! It’s been a good year but I’m happy to be back home.

Molly Stevens ’25: Scary. It went too fast for my liking.

Nick Dahl ’25: Relief. I’ve been way behind on work throughout the term, so to have the catch-up cycle finally over will be a relief. I will also be sad to leave some of my friends, but I see many of them during the summer.

Novi Zhukovsky ’22: Terrifying, exciting, scary. I can’t believe I actually have to step into the real world in a few weeks.

Omala Snyder 24: I’m relieved – it’s been a fun but busy term!

Parker O’Hara ’25: Definitely a bit scary to be done with the first year of college already.

Selin Hos’25: Slightly scary! It’s a strange feeling to be at the end of my freshman year of college. It’s hard to describe the feeling of looking back the year and taking in everything, knowing that was what it was.

Tess Bowler ’25: The end of the spring term is very exciting for me because even though I am studying abroad this summer, I feel like it will be a well-deserved break from the workload that comes with studying abroad. to be on the Dartmouth campus.

Looking back on the term, what were some of your strengths?

A M: 2 a.m., river dips, Foco soft serve, tan lines.

OA: Meeting so many new people and finding my place in the Dartmouth community.

GB: Green Key, dips in the riverand go to Massachusetts for a triathlon.

SH: Some highlights: SAPA training, Green Key with the PB team and of course writing for Mirror!

CC : I had a great time enjoying time with friends – we took walks to the golf course, Occom’s pond and the river. I also loved my classes and my teachers this term. As for The D, I would definitely say that one of my highlights has been the Questions and answers I did it with Professor Rosario. It was really fascinating to talk to him and get his thoughts on such an important issue, and I feel like that’s a really important story to tell.

MARYLAND: Go down to the river every day for a week

MRS: Green Key!!

NA: First theater performance, first article D, staying at one of the lodges, finding a cat outside my dorm at three in the morning

New Zealand : Certainly some of the impulsive stuff; diving daily, reading original poetry to lingerie, writing very personal reflections for Mirror. But also the mundane things too – library sessions with friends, grazing on the green, hugs, laughter. God, I’m already getting emotional.

SE: WoodstockKDE and Green Key

Purchase order : Swimming in the river, Toadboat concerts, dinners on the Green Key, all the moments spent with friends and Mirror social of course

SH: The re-emergence of Sun!! Spending time at the river with my friends is something I hope never to take for granted.

VG: Some of my highlights were obviously Green Key, but also a few days by the river and other times when, even though I didn’t travel very far, I felt like I was “off campus “.

In the spirit of the finals, favorite outdoor study location?

A M: Golf course for writing. Novack tables for milling.

OA: Any random bench I can find

GB: Benches on the Ledyard green and docks.

SH: Outside the physics building!

CC : The tables outside Kemeny.

MARYLAND: My hammock set up outside the Choates

MRS: The tables in front of Collis

NA: Tables outside Kemeny

New Zealand : Some Thayer classrooms have small outdoor terraces!

OS: The courtyard outside Haldeman

Purchase order : I really suck at doing my homework outside but I like sitting in Sanborn with the window open in front of me.

SH: It seems like every time I go out to “study” I never end up working. Someone I know always passes by and I end up chatting all day.

VG: Sanborn with the office where the tea was

Are there any bucket list items you try to clear before you go?

A M: shh

GB: No bucket list items, but I have to spend almost $200 on DBA.

SH: I’m not trying to take Lou’s challenge but I’m afraid it will happen anyway

CC : Lou’s challenge 🙂

MARYLAND: One Last Gile Hike

MRS: Paddle board on the river

NA: Midnight Canoe Tour with Abstract Borrowed Ledyard Canoe

New Zealand : Walk Into Graduation!

OS: Lou’s challenge must be done

Purchase order : Stay in a cabin!!!

SH: I just want to spend as much time as possible with my friends before we all leave for the summer! There will never be a time like this, and the circumstances will never be the same again. We’ll probably be different people going back to a different campus, so every time enjoying the present is a to-do list item.

VG: Night swim (again)

What are you most looking forward to once the term is over?

A M: Cooking decadent breakfasts for myself, learning to knit, driving aimlessly with old friends

GB: Seeing my friends and family back home, having a car again, and seeing the Indiana cornfields 🙂

SH: Sleep without waking up panicked over an essay I forgot to turn in. And see my friends from home!

CC : See my family back home in San Diego!

MARYLAND: Sunny weather at my house in Florida

MRS: Have more free time

NA: The ocean

New Zealand : I’m going camping out west with some friends. I am delighted to enjoy being outside completely disconnected and without any impending thoughts of work or other commitments.

SE: Coming home briefly before the start of summer to see my family

Purchase order : See my family, pets and friends from home

SH: I can’t wait to see everyone at home. I wonder how much everything – and everyone – has changed since I’ve been here. Maybe I’ll find things as I last left them.

VG: I’m just taking a break from the hard work/hard play culture. As much fun as I’m having here, I feel like it’s also messing up my priorities and being out of this fast loop will allow me to take a more objective look at what I want my next four years to look like.

What are your plans for the summer?

A M: Traveling, reading, sunbathing, going to the beach, writing postcards to my friends in Dartmouth, earning $$$.

OA: I’m working as a legal intern this summer back home in Kansas and I plan to spend a lot of time with my friends

GB: Internship for Legal Aid, Kayaking in the Apostle Islands at the end of August and Organization of Trips!

SH: I plan to travel, do an internship, do research, and watch Twilight for the fifth time!

CC : In fact, I’m staying on campus to do undergraduate research with a professor from Dartmouth! Some of my very close friends are also staying and I’m also friends with several sophomores, so I’m excited to hang out with them and be involved in a project that really interests me.

MARYLAND: Work from home and go on vacation!

MRS: Spoon ice cream

NA: Lots of road trips with friends: Pacific Coast Highway, Glacier National Park, Utah National Parks, Acadia and Nova Scotia. Also, get a job to finance the gas

New Zealand : I will be living at home in New York until I start work in August. At the end of the summer, I plan to move and look for a place to live with my sister in the city.

OS: Second summer!!!

Purchase order : Traveling with family and working as a camp counselor

SH: I will be a summer camp instructor in Istanbul!

VG: I’m studying Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies in Morocco for LSA+Arabic and will probably visit my best friend at USC.


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