Voices of Trips: Trip Leader Danny Gridley ’19

HEEEYYYOOOOOO! If you’re reading this, you’re already my new friend. Welcome to the Dartmouth family! Before you know it, you’re going to come up to your new home for Trips, which is where we introduce you to the magic sauce that makes Dartmouth such an incredible place.

I know that some of you are super nervous, or scared, or worried about what’s going to happen. Yeah, you’re right: this is a total unknown. You have no idea what’s going to happen to you when you get up there, and, scarily enough, the one thing you do know is that your life is about to change you forever.

The thing is, those sentences shouldn’t scare you.

They should excite you.

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Have you ever had a moment of pure, unbridled joy? You know, the kind where something — anything — happens, and you just can’t contain yourself? From a great song to a magical goal, pure, unbridled happiness is a gift.

It’s a gift that I only understand because of Trips. It’s scary, yeah, but only until you realize that every single other person is in the same boat as you. Why not cut loose and have the most fun you possibly can? Don’t shy away from the chaos of newness, EMBRACE IT!

I promise you, you will enjoy the experience 1000x better if you jump in with both feet. There is no downside to going all-in. No one will see you as “uncool” because you’re having the time of your life with (slightly) overeager Dartmouth students. You’ll be busy having the time of your life, embracing it and devoting every last second to making Trips an awesome experience for you.

So if you’re in any way NOT excited to be at Dartmouth, now is your time to change your mindset. Trips is an amazing experience; by embracing it with all your heart and nerve and sinew, I promise that you will see Dartmouth as I now see it: home.

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