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Dartmouth Parents Thread

coureurcoureur Registered User Posts: 11,386 Senior Member
edited January 2014 in Dartmouth College
With the new '14s coming on board I am establishing this thread as a place for Dartmouth parents to share information and advice. I have participated for years on a similar thread for Harvard parents, and it has been very useful. With my second daughter now a '13 at Dartmouth, I think we could use a similar thing here.

To start off, any parents going to Dartmouth Family Weekend at the end of April? We are. For those who have already attended one of these, what are the highlights? Which events are not to be missed?
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  • ConsolationConsolation Registered User Posts: 21,717 Senior Member
    We enjoyed a baseball game in the beautiful spring sunshine, a very amusing movie about the [in]famous Yale/Harvard game of 1969, an evening at a pub in Collis with student musicians on stage, viewing the campus from the top of Baker, a guided tour of the murals on the lower level, a series of informational presentations at the Hop, going out to dinner with S and friends and their parents (note to kids: 10PM is TOO LATE for a dinner reservation!!), and just generally having the time to stroll around campus without pressure to pack or unpack or get on the road. Most of the parents we met shared our experience: our kids did not expect to spend ALL of their time with us, even though it was Parents' Weekend. I mean, breakfast???? Were we kidding?!? :D They managed to drag themselves out of bed on Sunday morning for the breakfast prepared by their RAs, though. It was a very pleasant weekend. There were all kinds of lectures and things that sounded interesting to me that we missed.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 24,412 Senior Member
    The Aires (acappella group).
  • momofrowermomofrower Registered User Posts: 139 Junior Member
    We enjoyed climbing to the top of Baker but also, to our surprise, the guided tour of the rare book collection was fascinating. Dartmouth's crew teams also schedule their races at home during parent's weekend and those are fun to watch from the boathouse. The Hood Art Museum is also interesting. Our son is a junior now and we miss these weekends. We went in spring of his freshman year and again during sophomore summer, but there doesn't seem to be anything during junior year.
  • ConsolationConsolation Registered User Posts: 21,717 Senior Member
    I'm looking forward to the sophomore summer one to fill in some of those gaps. Luckily, we live about 3 hrs drive away, so going isn't a huge undertaking.

    BTW, for those who enjoy/tolerate the off-beat and are on a tight budget, the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction is a convenient and very cheap place to stay. WRJ and the Coolidge are definitely part of The Land That Time Forgot. Those who need all the mod cons would not be pleased, though! :)
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 16,870 Senior Member
    momofrower, I guess by junior year the Administration figures they don't have to do anything "special" for us!
  • garnetsgarnets Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
    We'd love to know what trip your child took and how they liked the experience. Our daughter, a '14, is itching to sign up! Thanks for starting this thread!
  • infrmdmominfrmdmom Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    Son went on Moderate Hiking. Was not a great experience. Have heard great things about the more strenuous trips ie, kayaking...Hard hiking. Timing has quite a bit to do with it. My son did one of the last trips so that he did not have to come home before orientation and he felt it would have been better to go earlier and then go back for orientation.
  • infrmdmominfrmdmom Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    Sybbie, how are you dealing with D withdrawl. I can't believe ds is done. I wish we had visited more. Ah well. I have a hs jr who is looking very favorably at D.
  • coureurcoureur Registered User Posts: 11,386 Senior Member
    My daughter was assigned to the "Extreme" hiking group, which frightened her that she might not be up to the challenge. I told her they must have mistaken her for Sacajawea. But it worked out fine. She loved it.

    She went straight from her trip into orientation which was fine, since we live on the west coast and going back and forth another time would have been an expensive chore.
  • ConsolationConsolation Registered User Posts: 21,717 Senior Member
    S went on a hiking trip and enjoyed it very much. I *think* it was probably moderate-to-difficult. I do recall that it was one of the early ones, since we live in an adjoining state. He was home for a week before orientation.
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 16,870 Senior Member
    S went on a hiking trip also -- not the extreme one but a fairly rugged one -- and while he enjoyed it very much also, I think he was disappointed that there were only four or five people on the trip, plus the "leader." He enjoyed it, but it wasn't the most fantastic experience he ever had.

    The day we drove DS up his Freshman year, he had a practice for his sport late in the afternoon. So we moved him in, drove him to the field, and hugged and kissed him good bye there. I felt like I was leaving him in the middle of nowhere, but of course he survived and has flourished.
  • Redondo DaveRedondo Dave Registered User Posts: 303 Member
    Son also signed up for Extreme Hiking. Had the time of his life. All kinds of "surprises" happen during the hike that are DOC traditions. The night at the lodge was fun and he got to know so many kids even before Orientation. We came for orientation and my son seemed liked he was the mayor of Hanover as he said hello or waved to many kids. It is fun to see the newbies as they hang out in small groups or "shmobs". Everyone so excited and getting to know each other. Met his roommate and his family and are very close with his family to this day. It was difficult for my wife leaving him there as we left; but we knew he was in for the time of his life.

    The freshman family weekend was a lot of fun. We got to visit with the various clubs and the newspaper that my son was involved with. Met his friends and his friends' parents which was the best part of the weekend. I remember going to the Dartmouth vs. Columbia baseball game and watching how the students heckle the other team. We stayed at the Norwich Inn and walked about 2 miles to the Hanover. You get a better sense of the environment by walking around. It was very warm and there was a Lumberjack competition taking place on the green. Went up to the top of Baker which everyone should do as it is only open twice a year. On the last morning that we left, we went to a supermarket in West Leb and picked up a bunch of snacks, fruit, and gatorade for my son and his roommate.
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 20,892 Super Moderator
    Hi infrmdmom ,

    There is still some boxed stuff that has not moved since it entered the house after graduation.

    I think that some days it is just Hanover in NYC as there are a lot of alums in NYC and my D has a lot of friends here. One of her best friends (my west coast child) is moving from California and taking a job in NYC. Chicky and the gang are coordinating flights, cars and places to stay in order to go to Green Key next month. However, one of the friends is going on assignment in Australia for 6 months and won't be able to make it. They did not go up for homecoming this year but they said there is no way they are missing green key.

    They used to give a trip called Leisurely Hiking (and that was right up my D's alley). They stayed at one of the DOC’s cabins and hiking in the surrounding woods each day. My D who is a real girly girl, had an amazing time on the DOC trip as there is truly something for everyone. I do beleive that there is something about them being unwashed in woods that really bonds them as her fellow trippees are amongst her group of best friends. Members of the class of '58 visited them on their trip and made them breakfast. They will eat the traditional green eggs and ham and will dance upon their return. If you are close to Hanove, your daughter may be going on the DOC trip, returning home then going back to hanover. If she does come back home when see her and give her a hug (but not a big one at least until after she has showered).
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 24,412 Senior Member
    all DOC trips are not-to-be missed. Son went rafting, but not the white water version. It was his first time camping and he had a blast.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 24,412 Senior Member
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