Hey Dartmouth Class of 2016!!
First of all, I really want to say welcome to Dartmouth! I am so thrilled that you have chosen Dartmouth as your next adventure. Whether you are excited, nervous, confident, or apprehensive, know that you are coming to a place that has been a home for me for the last 5 years. Come August or September you will have the opportunity to make this your new home too!
My name is Emily (although, I usually go by Emo), I’m a Dartmouth ’11 and stayed at Dartmouth for a fifth year to do the Bachelor of Engineering program at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. I am the director of the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) First Year Trips program (often just called “Trips”, “DOC Trips”, or “First-Year Trips”) for this year. I have an incredible amount of support in putting this program together, and you will begin to meet those people soon if you keep monitoring this blog (shameless plug!).
Trips is an outdoor, unofficial, pre-orientation program. Trips is not mandatory, but we hope you’ll come! Around 95% of the incoming class chooses to take part in Trips each year. We introduce you to the beautiful state of New Hampshire where you’re going to be spending the next few years, a handful of upperclassmen who have been preparing for months to make your trip the best it can be, and to your new classmates/dormmates/teammates/choirmates/family/lunch buddies!
Each trip is 5 days long and all follow a similar format. You will arrive in Hanover in the afternoon of day 1 with your whole section (110-120 first year students), meet your 2 upperclassmen trip leaders, and your trippees. We just hang out in Hanover for day 1 and get ready. On day 2, your section splits up and everyone heads out on their trip. For day 2, 3 and the morning of day 4, you are with your trip exploring New Hampshire! On day 4, your whole section that you met on day 1 reconvenes at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge for hanging out, dinner, and some Dartmouth traditions. On day 5, you will have a delicious breakfast at the Lodge, and after getting some time to get to know your section a little better and talk with some upperclassmen, you return home to Hanover.
Within this format, we have a ton of different types of trips! We hope that we have something that will interest everyone. The trips are described on our website in more detail, but we have things ranging from cabin camping, to hard hiking, to whitewater kayaking, to horseback riding, to nature photography, to community and hike and yoga! These are only some of the types of trips that we offer, we really hope we’ll have something that you are excited about and can learn something from.
Like I mentioned before, Trips are split up into 10 sections, labeled as A-J. One section arrives in Hanover per day starting August 22nd until September 1st.
We will be sending out a registration form and information in early June. On that registration form, you will be able to indicate sections you are available for based on the dates, and also what types of trips you prefer. You may not get your first choice of trip type, but there are great things about all the trips we offer.
More information will be coming your way soon, I just wanted to give you a quick overview! I’m very excited to meet many of you in a short 3.5 months!! (Oh boy… we have a lot of work to do to get ready for you guys!)
For more information now, check out our website!
And although I am totally incompetent at social media #SometimesIthinkI’mold, like I said before I have an awesome team! So check out our facebook and twitter too! There are some great pictures from DOC Trips of the last couple years
Your Trips Director,