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So hey, ever. New Hampshire is a tiny, tiny little town. Are city center or downtown is one Main Street, and there's like a few raging off streets. But with that, you can imagine the food options are really limited, but, you know, they hit their basics. They have a nice breakfast place. I have a few fancier places, if you will go on like legit dates that were bring parents. Teo. Nice coffee shops is the Starbucks, huh? CBS is nice, and there's definitely like a few restaurants, but in terms of cultural food, like, besides American or, like Yeah, besides American food, it's pretty limited. We have one Indian place, one like Japanese Creon fusion place. And then it's kind of tight places for some reason, and then one, like very, very mediocre Chinese place. But so they have sort of, ah, a little smattering. Unfortunately for people coming from places like San Francisco, where you see all this amazing food of all these different cultures, uh, it's sort of like, Oh, wow, like I have to deal with this like tiny, tiny, a range of options, but you really get used to it, and I don't I didn't mind at all. Honestly, transitioning here. I was a little hard in the beginning, but you get used to it and all the places are like pretty good. Yeah. Hey, what's up? Hello? It's actually June 2nd and I'm leaving tomorrow. So this is the last night that I'm actually going to ever spend in this room. Then you can see the boxes behind. I'm almost done packing, but I realized that I've never done a room tour, especially first year dorm room tour. And so I thought, Why not do an empty room tour? Because that's what you get when you get into a dorm anyways. So let's go. So I'm actually in a one room double, which is when you have one room and you have two beds in it. And this is probably what you think of when you hear about college dorms. And I also think this is probably the most common type of first years. And so I have my side of the room and my I have a roommate, so her side of the room is there, and that's probably why you're going to see her side of the room, because I don't respect their privacy. But I will show you. Here's a door you walk in, you turn right. And then here is basically all my stuff and all of all, the one room double was minus pretty big. But a lot of the doubles are not like that. A lot of levels are very, very cramped. So it really is the luck of the draw, which I won't talk about later about, like, first, your housing picking housing my experiences housing at Dartmouth. So this is the bed. I think it's a twin x o bed, which means it's a twin bed, but a little bit longer. I actually got all of this, like betting stuff from this company that is associated with Dartmouth and how I have my bed laid out right against the wall. It's like in this little crook, the only inconvenient thing miss tangle of wires here had to route it underneath my bed and then route that up and then try to keep it on my wall. But it's failing, and I'm not in the mood to fix it, because I have two days pretty decent bed right now. I've taken off a lot of layers of sheets, but I used to have, like, two layers of sheets, plus this fitted thing and what really did it for me. It was this match Matt phone thing because this is the actual mattress that comes in the bed, and it's like, really stiff, but this makes it so much softer. But I actually really like this bed like it was pretty comfortable, like it might not be what you're used to at home, and it definitely wasn't because my bed was a lot bigger than this. But it's like doable. So the next feature of the room is this bedside table. It's like a shelf like business going on here. I really get kind of just used this as like a nightstand, because we don't have a nightstand and I wasn't going to go buy a nightstand. So when I wake up in the morning, the first thing I see my desk originally the desk was actually supposed to be placed facing that wall. But then I moved it this way. I actually really like this because it kind of gives me more like open view of everything makes me more inclined to do my work. And so in every room there's one desperate person. The desk has three drawers and this pullout thing underneath, and then there's like a surface which is pretty long and large so it can definitely fit our yourself. There's a socket there, really convenient. So this is the chair that comes with the desk. It has a little bit of a rock, but there's a little bit of ah, unevenness on the chair leg when I first came in and I was really, really comfortable. So I brought this, like that thing. Yep, this is the desk setup. And if it comes Dartmouth, you pretty much have pretty smarter desk. Let's move on to the doors. It used to be over here where the bedside table thing is, and I don't want it to be there, so I moved it. I'm not actually sure if every dorm has this. I know some of my friends storms have, like it built into some built in or drew, but I do. I have this and there are like five layers of it. Each one. This is pretty cool. Do a little cleaning when you get in here because it's pretty dusty, other than that pretty standard, but nothing that great or bad about it. If you remember, actually had a fair bit of like decorative, nice stuff on here, there's actually a lot that you can do with decorating. So I had, like, a huge map. Couple of posters, just like on the walls over there. And I actually have this like, little alco. Think they made it so that there were fairy lights going across on top. It's pretty. And now, anyway, asked me, Where do I put my jackets? Well, I got the place for you. This room has this weird wardrobe thing. There is Ah, hangar rod, top shelf. It had door, but then it got ripped off. My clothes would hang off from here. I used this part to, like, hang my shoes. Is that part to hang my jackets? And I only really use like, up to here. Yeah, I would have preferred the configuration. Probably a little bit better, But there was a storage space. Pretty good. So now let's talk about storage spaces. So a lot of my stuff are actually stored underneath the bet. What really came in handy were these two crates which I think I got from bed bath and beyond, like in the first week of school. Definitely a need for college. Like you need some kind of thing to store underneath your bed. I ended up just like stuffing a bunch of boxes underneath because it looked cleaner because it would just be like a bed and nothing will be joining. Our next is I guess the most unique feature of this room about s O what my room actually is called is a one room double with 1/2 bath. Really, really loved having toilet. I had to do really out bed, walk across the room, use bathroom, use the sink and then leave. You know, when you have a toilet, what more can you ask? The toilet isn't huge toilet, so there's like the toilet stuff here. They actually installed this site basket thing. Now I keep my toothbrush in there. There's a raft, and then there's another rack behind the door. There's like a little hook and that there's a saying You have to buy your own soap, though this is actually a radiator. The radiators are pretty terrible. Radiators start making random noises at like 3 a.m. and it sounds like someone is killing. Another quick fact about the bathroom is that you don't actually have to clean it. Every building as custodian, they actually come like once a week to clean up for you. Oh, my God. My lips speeding. Okay, so now I'm gonna try to explain how the Dartmouth housing process works, and I'm gonna start with first year housing. So this gets a little bit confusing because there's two things that you have to take care of, the housing community and then the residential hall. And so the housing community, there's six of them. When you get your housing information, I think you just get ready and they sorted into it, and there's all grazing it. So in this case, this is kind of like Hogwarts, you know, when you have, like, the four houses, but then your residential hall there's not necessarily consist of only your housing community. Everyone on your floor will be in your house and community your first year in the first year housing. What they do is they try to get all the first years to occupy one building, and then there's like nine buildings of just first years. Think it's really great how how they separate the first years from everyone else. They can have a more like coordinated programming and stuff to help. First years feel more at home A Dartmouth bonding with your floor that illegally it literally the first day. They were really the first people that you meet and some of my closest friends here are from my floor of a cotton house. Breaking has, like a room draw fresh air. Housing is more like super random. You found application and they just like system match you. Not only are you living alone, you're also living with other people. You're living alone, you're taking care of your own stuff. But you have to interact with so many other people have to share faces. So many other people. You have to come up with a whole strategy to throw the shower. And so all of us have hurt him like routines of how we like change and stuff after the shower. And we all have, like, little buckets with, like, shampoo and stuff in it. So that helps us transport it better on these air like just small things that you would never think about When you are living at home, these walls are super not soundproof. And so if you start lecturing me at 3 a.m. you were literally with up the entire. That's another thing that you learn is that you basically don't have any privacy. This is also my first time having a roommate, which is a little bit weird in the beginning. If you communicated, won't and then you get a sense of your shoulders. Boundaries will work out. So in general, I would say that my first year housing experience was a big win. Beautiful room, wonderful floor, great great location like center campus prime. And I think, just like in general, just like bonding with the floor. Everyone was pretty like respectable. I'm really, really friendly and willing Thio incorporate with each other and live together. And I'm really, really glad that Dartmouth hasn't, like, enforced for sure, housing thing. It really helped with my college position. And I think this is why I like I was almost going to not make a room tour video. But then I thought that was pretty important for you guys to know about Fisher houses. And so I will see you next time. Hey, guys, that were now in my room. So I thought I'd give you guys a quick overview. One thing to know is that I'm not living on campus this term. I've living in off campus house because they really come. And they're the same few houses in Hanover, New Hampshire, that sort of rotated through students. Eso it's only see, actually, that lived here, and this is what my room looks like. Here, we have to slip that. It's sort of in this interesting nook. This room was honestly, really strangely shaped. It's like a t s O. I have my closet over here. A desk, which is where I do a lot of studying and where a lot of editing for YouTube videos and whatnot. It was like this, like a spice up my room with some decorations. So I'd like to have, like, sort of aesthetic Julia holders. I guess I put flags up. This is sort of just to be a surrogate door on, then some art that my sister made these prints. Then she got that silk for me in Japan. Another flag has got a rep California. And then I keep some of my clothes up here, camera equipment here and, you know, sort of try to make it my own space. Uh, this is a really fun way that I like to put up my hats on DH store them because it's our displays them and does the shelving. I just use thumbtacks. Ah, one key thing or a couple key things. Sorry of clothes here, but just typical college dorm, college room things, but a few staples, I would say, is doubly having like a mini fridge and ah, fan, especially during summer. Oh, my gosh, it's so hot. But the fridge is super nice just for keeping snacks or just cold drinks at hand, and my room is really different and that it also has a sinking it. We think that it used to be a kitchen in this house, but, yeah, I have my own sink, so this is sort of where I get ready in the Who in terms of campus food, we have three main dining options. Hop, which is my favorite, like the unhealthy case, India's burgers, whatever, and I also really a salad bar. But that's my favorite in terms of just range of food. There's also call us, which is probably little healthier all a cart style and then folk O, which is the main all you can eat dining hall. We also have a couple of cafes and library. There's no back, which is student run and then, um, calf or King Arthur Flour, which is like more Pucci coffee shop. Um, but the way the dining system works here is that you have a meal plan. It's a combination of meals which could be used at folk O. R. You know, ex change for a dollar equivalent at certain mealtimes or you have the dining dollars. And so the meal plans are sort of a mixture of those two, and it's a little complicated. So low. Figure out what meal plan works for you, but you figure it out. Given your habits and whatnot, Philco was known for being where all the athletes, because it's all you can eat, people eat a lot. Um, Like I said, Collis and Caffrey kind like bustier healthier. And then the hop is less salty, but I Hey, what's up? Hello. It's beautiful here at Dartmouth today. The sun's shining, the weather is hot and there's no. So So I decided what better thing to do then explore today and test the little theory. So has been said that Dartmouth is in the middle of nowhere in Hanover, New Hampshire, which may be true, but nobody's really ever tested that. So we have decided that today we will be venturing out to the surroundings of Dartmouth to see if one it's easy to get out of Dartmouth to what is outside of Dartmouth. And three. What can we do outside? So is Dartmouth in the middle of nowhere? Let's find out Way got here on a list thing is actually pretty nice. That's like so, so far, so good. There's some time before way might walk around this we're in. I'm gonna feel like you would like this book. Really personal planner Guys dream Big Way just came out of the movie. It was fine. It was so good and there's nobody here, which is really scary, actually makes me sad that there's nobody here because I like the CB early e, but let's do that here No. What you want? No. We have lost the ability to handle ourselves in large stores. Way came back, read you drop off our groceries, but and we thought that Lebanon with the cinemas was kind of depressing because there was nothing there. And since we're already out and we're committed to exploring today, we're going to go out again for dinner. And so we're taking lifting it because way don't have course way just got dinner at West Lebanon, which is like 15 minutes away from Dartmouth again, this place is a lot more populated than the other place, because there look at all these cops. And then there's an entire complex right behind that has a bunch of, like, different stores. We're having a debrief. We're on our day out of Dartmouth over ice cream. Here I have my birthday Oreos on my applesauce. That's recapture Day. Is Dartmouth in the middle of nowhere? I mean, it kind of is. But then we realized today that lift doesn't really good. There are about four lift drivers in this entire area, and we had four lift rights today and three of them with so I mean it is easy to get out because you can just use lift. And this is not sponsor, but could be. So yes, it is easy to get out Dartmouth. But you have to drive. So that's the only problem. And then what do we do today? We went to watch a movie moving way. Did Yeah? Also, dinner movie area was kind of shady. Nothing alive? Not really, but area is West Levin in, and it's very nice. So after going out of hand over today, I realized that it's actually not that hard to get out of Dartmouth, especially because it works in our area. Now. I personally don't think that it's actually that isolated now. But what do you guys think of Darkness, locations, leavin comments, and I will see you guys next time. When this really quickly before class starts assed, people are filing in. But you'll really like this Astro. Because during somewhere is probably a lot easier than other science classes. Because one hundred test and points face, there's no long term projects. You'll find that I don't have, like, a huge variety and that some are all project zero test somewhere, make sure works, quizzes and whatnot. And then there was like, this. What are you Just test page. Also big. Make sure I really enjoy the costs. You get two for the lab for this class to get to you start Miss Observatory, which is really awesome. Um, and you do allows himself, you know, current star formations and the solar system. And what not by uh, it all kind of varies. Um, yeah, I should probably And honestly, people should know that winters here are tough. Winters are so cold, pretty much no one likes winter. It could be really pretty, just with snow, and, you know, snow is pretty. But, uh, it is frigid. It gets really, really cold. And I think some people are like a little unprepared and people can honestly get, like, very depressed by the lack of sunlight that there is and just how long the winter is. But you want to appreciate every part of every season, I would say, like I definitely enjoyed parts of winter that don't exist outside of winter, such as winter carnival or going ice skating on all compon and stuff like that, which is just a winter and hand over a specific thing that I think people can learn to appreciate In terms of academic climate at Dartmouth, I'd definitely say it's a pretty it is a competitive school in terms of academics, people are really busy. We're on these really intense ten week terms. It just condense a semester's worth of material into essentially nine weeks and then one week of exams. Um, but with that comes a lot of commiseration. Like I said before, Uh, there's a lot of unity. There's cultural means around this. We have a hashtag rigor that just demonstrates the Dartmouth attitude about it. We're aware that, like, yes, people are like trying to do really well. People work hard, but at the same time, we kind of like, laugh at ourselves a little bit in lighthouse. Seriously, some people can take it. So it's a very good, like, light hearted way. I think of approaching really academically different cold, um, times. Another thing that I really like about dormant, though, is that despite being this really intense academic environment, there is such a lack of competition. There's no people trying Teo calling each other Teo put them on the upper half of the curve and put some else below that. There's no people like people. I've never been asked to cheat. I've never been asked Teo. I've never been, like, accused of cheating or anything, and he would have never lied to me or try to, like, mess up notes that they give me or anything Tio, you know, screw me over which I've definitely heard of other schools. So something in that regard, it's pretty lucky to be an environment like Dartmouth where yes, you want to do well, but there's also a sense of integrity, and also the academic honesty principle of Dartmouth is so intense, where people get very, very severely punished for any kind of plagiarism, cheating, anything like that. So I think that's taking really, really serious. Hey, what's up? Hello. It's November 6th at 904 a. M. And it's been a super stressful week. But I'm back and this time in a new background to anyways, it's the beginning of the ninth week at Dartmouth, which means in less than two weeks I get to go home and don't get me wrong. This place is amazing, but sometimes you just have to take a break from school literally. But before I leave, I got this killer recount month for you all because I was actually prepared this time and film throughout the month rather than in the last two weeks. So enjoy. Like I said, it's been a hellish week because I had three tests this week and two of them were like back to back, plus a lot of just procrastinated projects and, like me, sir, studies I signed up to participate in. So that means a lot of time in the library for me to focus, and I spent so much time in the library that I could even celebrate Halloween because I had a test. The next day. It's one e literally Hello and I'm still out here, which was a bummer, but that's okay. So usually library is thes study place. But of course, being at Dartmouth, things have to get squished up. Once in a while, many of you will not need to be reminded itself younger among you, the inheritors of his master strokes of freedom. I just talked to you a little bit about how the library works in Dartmouth, so they're basically four levels of the library and the first level, which is where I'm usually at its first floor Barre. Or it's called F F B. And this is the place where, like, people work, but they're also like social. So sometimes again, it's really loud. But it's like a good place to work because you're like with other people. And I guess that kind of motivates you more than if you were in your dorm and really quiet. And as you move up in levels, it gets quieter and quieter at each level. And when you get to four after your 44 very literally breathing is throughout. I've been up there like, a couple of times when I really needed to focus and when Effie was just super loud. But the thing with it being so quiet that I get so drowsy because it's also warm and that's counterproductive. So I don't usually go up there. But I did find this gem of a place that I used like once, and it's in the stacks. So the stacks is like this building within a building, and from the outside, it kind of looks like a job. So and also like if you're on the first floor, people can see you studying, which is just uncomfortable. But there are other levels which I discovered, and if you go down into the basement, it's like super cool. And it's like quiet but not sleep inducing quiet. So that's like my focus place now and honestly. The journey down into the basement is the best part because it's an adventure in itself, and you feel like Harry Potter going down into the restricted section restricted section of the library, even though it's not restricted at all. So we're talking about October. We have to talk about fall and fall at Dartmouth is a really beautiful thing because you actually see the leaves change color, and I've never seen that before, and every single photo you take it, and it's amazing. It also involves a lot. For example, they greatly amped up the food, like during harvest dinner or harvest festival, where I greatly indulged in the free samples. There. Cheese, right? I also started getting ready for the harsh winter by exploiting my Amazon prime six month free trial. Trust me, getting packages is the best feeling. I got packages and it's the best thing and honestly is probably not that big of a deal. But when you're super stressed, then you have, like, this little present for yourself. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself. And of course, when you talk about fall, you have to talk about the weather. And yes, it's the same drove. The weather is bipolar. It's the middle of October. Oh, we're going negative already, but I have to give it a little credit because in the middle of October, just when I was getting ready to go to bed and change into pajamas, I get this text from my friend, which subsequently led to a trip out in the cold weather like 1 a.m. Because it is October 18th and this is the first snow on Lee in Hanover, New Hampshire, wait. So even though the code is chilling and absolutely discouraging when you have to get up at 7 45 to go to drill the snow makes it a little better. Then there's the random activities around campus, for example, I want to watch the stars born again. I went because it was free and being broke. College kids, we will exploit and leech off everything free. And again, it was amazing. You guys should all watch it at least twice. But on the way back we were deeply inspired by movie watching that we did this, you could have said that. And what happens if a car comes? We die, or we could just stare the car down and refused to move. And everyone can be unhappy and awkward. Get out of the way cars moving. Dartmouth also really likes to bond floors and houses, so we've had an escape room, and we've had talent shows featuring professors. But none of these extra activities can compare to the biggest tradition of fall or maybe even the whole year, particularly for freshmen, which is homecoming. It's the morning of homecoming and being procrastinators who haven't got to the 22 shirts. So now we're getting one, but there are huge. Uh, so I also got this shirt. Not from the co op, but I think this might apparently be the homecoming shirt, the official one. And so it says, ignite the fire. 18 F because it's the fall term of 2018 at the back is shows the Dartmouth bonfire with the class here that is running around it in the fire. And this would only happen this year, which is why I got the shirt, because that's the only year where the 20 twos, which is my class, we'll be running around the fire. This is our fire guys, right? Let me just brief you live about this homecoming tradition that Dartmouth has. So what basically happens is the biggest part is they build a bonfire in the middle of the green, which is like a field and the bond of our super tall. And what they're supposed to do is freshman year has to run around the fire. The number and the number of laps is dictated by like their graduation year. So I'm the class of 22 so I'm supposed to run 22 laps, where if you're really up for it, you can run 122 laps. But what happened during recent years is that people would jump the fence and like touch the fire, which is obviously a super big like safety hazard. And so because the green isn't owned by Dartmouth, is actually like Challenge Property. The Hanover residence were really concerned about the safety of the fire, especially because it's so tall and it's like grass all around. So it's a pretty big fire hazard. And also because people keep jumping the fence and touching the fire, which is even worse. And they actually canceled the fire for this year. But Dartmouth managed to repeal that, making a few compromises fence to keep people from touching the fire. Check what happened this year. It was. We had a shorter stub. Your fire is like fatter, fatter bond buyer track, but apparently the same amount of wood and freshman year classes only allowed tow. Walk a lap around in like this really organized manner. So you go in and you like, feed out. There's no way for each of even connect fence. The only allow people to run one lap or walk one that check. But nevertheless, even though we had to do those compromises, we still got the fire, which is big win. So in our case, homecoming started by getting ready. And then it's so cold. I'm like we're not wearing any kind of way, you know? It's so cold. We have to wear our 22 shirts so we can't Even my were thick Jackson. It's less than zero degrees going to the spirit stations. Well, how many people hope that the bond market happen next video way, followed by the sweep which marched us into the battleground, going, Oh my God, Wait, Bond funds. We're doing our little map around fire now. It was wild. At first. I have to admit, I was really skeptical about Doremus traditions because they're super intense and kind of weird. But I'm really glad I got to experience this tradition because this is the only time that the fire will be built for the Class 22. Like literally, there is a 22 in the fire, and this is the only time class of 22 gets to run, gets a walk around the fire and get the spotlight. We deserved so props to us. It felt really special. And I finally felt a really strong bond between, like my classmates and literally with the rest of the school. So at the end of the day, homecoming was amazing. And, you know, if you're not coming here, you should come up here just to experience the wildness. That is homecoming. And no, nobody touched the fire because we are responsible kids. So 20 three's. It's up to you to keep the tradition running now and I'll be watching. I would say Dartmouth campus is really unique for a lot of reasons. First one definitely is the size and location again. We're in the middle of the woods, and we're a very small community, so I can walk from the furthest points on campus in probably fifteen minutes. Um, you don't need a car at all. It's nice and convenient sometimes, but you definitely don't need it. And because it is a smaller campus with one central library, a few main dining halls and, you know classrooms pretty closely others and same with dorm rooms, you just run into people all the time. You can never go anywhere without seeing some you don't without. You can never go anywhere without seeing someone that you know, which is actually really nice. I love that I love the size of the campus because there's always familiar faces from you will really hate that. But I've enjoyed it. You never feel alone. And, uh, the campus. I would say it's super beautiful, really close to the Connecticut River, which is a beautiful place to hang out on sunny days. Go kayaking ran, you know, Paddleboards or something. Oh, and we're also buy a lot of worlds by Pine Park, which is a really beautiful, woodsy area to explore. So, like I said, there's a lot of outdoors. There's a lot of nature that people can explore really easily, which makes start with pretty unique place, I would say, and also, since we're located in the tiniest of towns, you really get close to the people you around because you're not distracted by city life like he would be in New York or L. A. But you really focus on who's here, what's here, and you really learn to make the most of everything in all the opportunities that you have, just enjoy college. And I really appreciated that because it creates such like a strong sense of community, even with referencing anywhere in town. Since it's so small, everyone knows everywhere, and they're just like a lot of commonly understood things. I think about living in Hanover, New Hampshire, that you