What is your role for trips 2017?
What do you like to study?
Biology (especially genetics), Music, and Italian
What are you looking forward to for Trips 2017?
I can’t wait to meet new students and answer their questions! I’ve always been someone who needs a lot of support when making any sort of major transition, so I love being in positions where the roles are flipped and I can instead be the one giving the support.
Additionally, I have a lot of (sometimes contradictory) identities – such as being a first-gen, low-income student who attended a college prep boarding school, or being a person of Mexican-American descent who didn’t grow up speaking Spanish – so I like to think that I can relate to others from a wide array of backgrounds and speak both honestly and sensitively about many topics. If you see me during trips, please feel free to ask me anything – I’m an open book!
What were you most nervous or scared about before your own first-year trip?
I was incredibly nervous! Admittedly, as the kid who chose theater over sports throughout high school, I’m not exactly “athletic” or “in great shape” – which sometimes feels like a crime, especially at a school like Dartmouth where a solid portion of the student body consists of athletes. For example: I was legitimately worried that I might not be able to pass the swim test, while it felt like everyone around me was just laughing it off as the easiest thing ever. (I did pass, though I was very out of breath by the end of it!)
So, even though my trip wasn’t as physically strenuous as, say, Hiking 4, I was still worried that I’d be the one slowing everyone else down. Thankfully, my trip leaders did an amazing job of considering everyone’s strengths and making sure that everyone could comfortably keep up. By the end of my trip, I felt like I had been physically challenged just enough, but never too much.
What is your favorite thing to eat on campus?
I know it’s a cliché answer, but there’s nothing like a good tender queso from The Hop! (Pro tip for incoming students: for some reason, Dartmouth students love to shorten the names of everything, and food is no exception. Tender queso translates to “chicken tender quesadilla.” )
Tell us about a highlight of your time at Dartmouth thus far.
Writing for The Dartmouth, the *oldest* college newspaper in the nation, has been great! I had always wanted to write for my high school’s newspaper, but to do that you had to be enrolled in the journalism class. I never had room in my schedule for it, so I told myself that I would check out student journalism again once I got to college!
While I wanted to write for a newspaper, I didn’t want to strictly write about news – I was, and still am, much more interested in more personal, almost Buzzfeed-esque stories about people and culture. So when I heard about the Mirror, The Dartmouth’s weekly magazine focused on campus life and culture through both serious and lighthearted pieces, I was sold. I applied at the beginning of my freshman fall, and now it’s become my biggest commitment on campus!
I’ve written pieces about escape rooms and snowball fights, professors’ personal lives and the unseen struggles of student workers, gender and sexuality programming and the organizations that bring live musical acts to campus. I’ve interviewed countless students, professors, alumni – and the president of the Hanover Town Democrats. I’ve even written about the flaws of college journalism! I believe that there’s something special and empowering about being able to write stories that you’re passionate about and tangibly influence the spread of knowledge on campus. The Mirror gives me that freedom in a way that other sections of The D couldn’t.
Plus, it’s pretty cool when you Google your name and your articles show up on the first page.
If you could go back to the beginning of your first year here and tell yourself one thing, what would it be?
It’s okay to do things at your own pace! All throughout freshman year, I felt like I was lagging behind everyone else: in terms of signing up for clubs, choosing what subjects I wanted to pursue, deciding how I wanted to spend my free time… the list goes on!
At a school like Dartmouth, there will ALWAYS be people who seem like their lives are set. Y’know, like the people in intro level classes who definitely AREN’T being introduced to the material for the first time. (I ran into them a lot, and, as a genuine beginner in my classes, I was scared.)
It’s normal to feel intimidated sometimes, but you have the power to overcome the feeling and keep doing what makes YOU happy. As you’ll eventually find out, everyone is doing such different, unique things that you can’t compare yourself as a person to anyone else. You just can’t.