Getting Started

Welcome to the DOC First-Year Trips blog!

If you’re reading this, chance are you are an incoming first-year student (or parent), so congratulations on your acceptance and decision to attend Dartmouth College!  The last year has undoubtedly been a little stressful with college applications, college decisions, and now your impending departure from home…but there are lots of things to be excited about. Like, SO many things to get excited about…

…and DOC First-Year Trips is one of those things!

DOC First-Year Trips began in 1935 and have grown to include ~98% of the incoming class of students.

The Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) First-Year Trips Program is the oldest collegiate outdoor orientation program in the country (be impressed) and in our 75+ years of history — in 2012, we’re turning 77 years old! — we’ve had some time to figure stuff out and put together a phenomenal welcome for you when you arrive at Dartmouth.  The program is run entirely by students, which includes the directorate along with 55+ support croo members, 300+ trip leaders, and countless other student volunteers who help us welcome 1000+ incoming first-year students!

My name is Chris O’Connell and I am the Outreach Coordinator for DOC First-Year Trips 2012…which means I have the pleasure of writing & editing most of the content on this blog.  I’m a ’13 from Roswell, Georgia and I’m studying public policy & geography (which is more than just looking at maps, I promise).  In addition to going on my own first-year trip a few years ago, I have also  lead a hiking trip and been a member of one of the support croos.

DOC Trip
My own first-year DOC Trip...casually hanging out on a chair lift.

DOC First-Year Trips (it may be colloquially referred to as “trips” throughout this blog) is like nothing you have ever experienced before; you arrive to Dartmouth knowing much, but by the time the 5 days of your trip are over…you’re a legit college student with your first set of friends, two upperclassmen who can help you out when you need it, and a whole lot of Dartmouth know-how.  Everyone, of course, has their own individual experience on their first-year trip, but if there is one thing for sure, it is that we want you to feel welcome, feel comfortable, and — by the time your trip ends — feel at home at Dartmouth.

…If there is one thing for sure, it is that we want you to feel welcome, feel comfortable, and — by the time your trip ends — feel at home at Dartmouth.

So with that in mind – explore the blog!  We’ve posted stories and perspectives of older students who participated in the program, we’ve written about our own experiences as volunteers for Trips, and hopefully you’ll find some decent advice & info that will make you feel totally ready to register and embark on your DOC Trip.  Throughout the next few months, I’ll post regular updates on how the planning for Trips 2012 is going, so be sure to follow us on Twitter (@DOCtrips) and like us on Facebook (no excuses…we see how active your class FB group is).

Emily (aka “Emo”) & Farzeen — our fearless director and assistant director, respectively — will be working full-time all summer putting together Trips 2012, so if you (or your parents) have any urgent questions and want to talk to a real, breathing person about DOC First-Year Trips, don’t hesitate to shoot them an email or give them a call.  The rest of the DOC Trips directorate will be living life and doing their thing elsewhere, but we’re online constantly & check the Facebook page and this blog all the time, so don’t hesitate to post any questions you may have.  We’re here for you & want you to feel 100% ready and prepared for Dartmouth and your DOC Trip.  It’s going to be great. Just wait and see.

See you this Fall!

A section of trippees and trip leaders about to embark on their DOC Trip
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