Volunteer Profile: Lydia Blanchet ’19

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What is your role for Trips 2016?

Grant Crooling

What do you like to study?

Earth Sciences, Geography, Astronomy

If you went on a DOC Trip, which trip did you go on?

Hiking 4 (Kinsman-Moosilauke)

What are 3 words that describe your first year at Dartmouth?

Hectic, educational, fun!

What are you looking forward to for Trips 2016?

I’m looking forward to spending quality time in the Grant, getting to know trippees and my fellow croolings, and hopefully getting people excited about Dartmouth and about paddling!

Tell us about a highlight of your time at Dartmouth so far.

Over spring break, I went with Ledyard canoe club on a whitewater kayaking trip to North Carolina. I had a blast getting to know lots of rad people and paddling some really fun rivers. Ledyard makes it super easy to get out on trips (multiple times a week, for free!), and one of my favorite parts of the spring was getting to do a lot of paddling in the Hanover area, too.

What’s the most important item you forgot to pack when you came to move in?

A fan! Hanover is HOT and humid in September!

If you could go back to the beginning of your first year here and tell yourself one thing, what would it be?

Know that it takes time to get yourself settled! I think a lot of people go into their freshman year expecting to find their community and their best friends right off the bat. In most cases, it takes time – a few weeks, a few months, or even a few terms – to really start finding your place. Just be patient!

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