On behalf of the Trips program, I want to say – Welcome to Dartmouth!
I remember how overwhelmingly crazy the college application process was, so I hope you have had a few minutes to relax, celebrate, and get as excited as you possibly can for your next four years in Hanover. We’re so excited to welcome you guys to the family.
My name is Yobiel Kelati ‘15 and I am the Outreach Coordinator for the Dartmouth Outing Club First-Year Trips – commonly referred to as “Trips.” We are all so excited for you guys to be here in a little over three months! It may seem like a long time, but your Trip will be here before you (or we) know it.
DOC First-Year Trips first got its start in 1935 when some older students involved in the College’s outing club invited some new students to go hiking with them before the school year started. Since then, the program has evolved, grown, and expanded to be much more than exploring the beautiful New Hampshire outdoors – Trips is an introduction to the College’s traditions, a fun way to meet other ‘18s, and (most importantly) an exciting welcome into this community…your community!
Each Trip is 5 days long and takes place right before the College’s official orientation program in late August/early September. The program is entirely student-run: 60 support crew members, 300 trip leaders, and countless other student volunteers make DOC Trips an incredibly memorable and exciting experience for the incoming class. Each trip has two, well-trained, upperclassmen leaders & 7-10 new students. Don’t worry if you haven’t been in the wilderness before – we offer trips of all levels and varieties, everything from Cabin Camping to Whitewater Kayaking to Community Service to Mountain Biking. We have added a lot of different types of trips over the years, so we hope you’ll find one that interests you!
I’m a member of the (illustrious) Class of 2015, so it’s been three years since my own First-Year Trip. I had never really been camping much before, so I went Cabin Camping. It ended up being the best trip for me – I got all the experiences of being outdoors and got to sleep in a cabin at the end of each day. The experience you can have on your DOC Trips is one of Dartmouth’s most unique traditions — it’s a great way to get introduced to people different from yourself, learn about the Dartmouth community, and get connected to upperclassmen who can help you out during your time at the College.
Everyone’s experience with DOC Trips is different, but we are working very hard to welcome YOU – whoever you are, wherever you came from, whoever you want to be in college – to your new home at Dartmouth. Registration materials (with dates & details) for Trips will be sent to you today, June 5th. Until trips start, you can go back through some of the old posts and get a feel for what to expect. New material will be coming out very soon, so be on the look out. Get excited to begin an incredible four years!
I’m looking forward to welcoming you to campus next fall! Enjoy the rest of your senior year (if it hasn’t ended yet) and have a wonderful summer!
Yobiel Kelati ‘15
P.S. Can’t get enough of Dartmouth right now? Check out our Trips blog for more stories, photos, and excitement!