No One Even Likes Frat Basements Anyway

No One Even Likes Frat Basements Anyway

Alternatives to socializing in fraternity basements

I like to think that I am a relatively social person, but for some reason the social scene at Dartmouth doesn’t always appeal to me. It can be really fun to occasionally go out to frats and play pong or dance with friends, but most of my favorite nights in college have been really low key nights hanging out in places other than frat basements. Here’s a list of ways to have fun at Dartmouth that do not include hanging out in fraternity basements.

1. Star Gazing

Considering I’m legally blind, understandably I don’t tend to appreciate stargazing quite as much as the average person. However, laying out on the grass in the middle of the night with a bunch of friends can only be described as magical.

2. Having a picnic

I absolutely love finding a nice spot to picnic with some friends. It is so much fun to pack cute foods and be outside enjoying how beautiful Dartmouth’s campus really is. I tend to get pretty stressed about school, so sometimes taking a few minutes to eat a meal outside and appreciate where I am can be refreshing.

3. Going Hiking

New Hampshire is absolutely amazing and there are an infinite amount of places to go hiking. Whether it be a quick sunrike up Gile or a longer full day excursion, it is always fun talking to friends and getting some fresh air.

4. Making Pizza

Home cooked meals is one thing I miss a lot at school, so I absolutely love making home cooked “family” dinners with my friends. Pizza night was our most recent and it was super easy and delicious. I used to never consider myself a cook, but recently I have become quite domestic and I am pretty excited about that.

5. Going Swimming

Literally swimming at night, especially during the summer term, is for sure one of my favorite things to do at Dartmouth. The water is so quiet and peaceful. I love being with a group of people I am comfortable with, so that no one is uneasy with everyone jumping in and just enjoying the silence together.

6. Skiing

New England winters are horrible, but one great thing about going to school where it is freezing is the skiing. There are plenty of cute new England ski resorts close to campus that makes day trips during the winter super easy for students.

7. Netflix and Chill

Some of my absolute favorite nights is just hanging out and watching Gilmore Girls or other light hearted movies on Netflix. Whether it be 20 of my closest friends watching the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, or just my two roommates and I watching a movie with copious amounts of ice cream, I absolutely love these slumber party-esque nights.

8. Going to the farmers market

One great thing about New Hampshire is that there are literally farmer’s markets everywhere. While it can get quite expensive, farmer’s markets are charming and quaint. I love how valued farm to table groceries are, and I really enjoy being able to support them despite my college student budget.

9. Paddle Boarding

When the weather is beautiful, paddle boarding is such a great way to get out of the library and into the water. I personally love it because the water is so open and calm. I can go pretty much wherever I want with complete confidence that I won’t run into anything. It’s a great way to get to know people and a moderate workout.

10. Apples and Blueberry Picking

Apple and blueberry picking are exciting and fun activities to do in a group. I find it really relaxing and the fruit is literally amazing. I also love coming home with so much fresh produce. It’s always fun to bake with the fruit afterwards, and feed friends some homemade baked goods. The fruit is so natural and the experience as a whole is always memorable.

11. Hanging out with friends

At the end of the day I am pretty much happy doing just about anything with my closest group of friends at college. They are all so extraordinary, and I am so happy to have them in my life. They make Dartmouth feel like home, and I really don’t think I would have survived here without them.

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Fate or Coincidence? Personal Examples That I'd Like To Think Support The Existence of Fate

"52% of Americans say they believe in fate" regardless of religion or spiritual belief.


*Disclaimer: article is somewhat gushy?? Because it's all about Brady!*

The other day, I had turned on one of my favorite oldies stations on the radio and two of my most favorite songs played back to back. It was "Just What I Needed" by The Cars and "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club. So I mean, those aren't particularly popular songs or songs that necessarily get played everyday. Maybe "Karma Chameleon", but certainly not "Just What I Needed." In fact I can't remember that song ever having been played on any of my bookmarked oldies stations when I have them turned on. And I couldn't believe the same station had played both of my most favorite, not so common songs in a row! I thought that had to have been some sort of sign that I was going to have a great day (because I was on the way to work at that moment) or something. So, this instance is what sparked my interest in writing this article!

This is something that I have been thinking about and personally studying for a large portion of my life. I have always believed in the mantra "everything happens for a reason" or "it was meant to be" and the idea of fate and destiny. And I don't mean the idea of free will or karma -- those I believe are a little bit different. In this article, I will be discussing quite a few examples regarding my boyfriend Brady. Many occurrences have happened surrounding my relationship and it makes me really happy actually.

I really like how Kelsey Dallas explains her idea of fate in her Desert News article: "When it comes to fate, even non-believers believe." She says that "religious faith isn't required to credit a supernatural force with controlling earthly events" and I completely agree. People don't always require "God or some other higher power" to credit the "rhyme and reason in their daily lives."

So, the following are examples of instances that I think are just too good to be simply coincidence or chance happenings:

1. Brady asking me to be his girlfriend

The night that me and Brady made things official, we had gone to a little playground/park area somewhere in San Diego. I have always enjoyed making wishes at 11:11 am/pm and I always try to do so whenever I happen to notice it. I also enjoy making wishes on dandelions and blowing their fuzz into the wind. So that night, it was 11:11 or around that time and I had found the biggest dandelion I had ever seen just sitting there in the grass at that park. This was probably the sixth or seventh date I had gone on with Brady and I was so head over heels for him and so obviously I wished on the dandelion for Brady to ask me to officially be his girlfriend. I had been hoping for this for days now, not just that night so it doesn't seem like a coincidence to me exactly. But then, sometime after midnight that night, he asked me.

2. Brady's Jeep

As many young men do, Brady knows quite a thing or two about cars. He probably has a list of cars that he would love to go out and buy, and I think he almost has bought others before the Jeep. But I think he's always liked the idea of a Jeep Wrangler to go off-roading with. So then, of course, he ends up buying a dark green Jeep Wrangler that looks very similar to my dad's old Wrangler. Brady's is "tank green" while my dads was "forest green" or something. The green Wranglers are quite unique and not very common, so I just think it's quite interesting that they both buy similar cars out of all the possible cars in the world. And I really like my dad, and it's commonly believed to be true that girls are often attracted to guys that remind them of their fathers. So, there's that!

3. My move to San Diego

Well actually, this example is more of a generalized, common thought. Lots of young girls probably imagine themselves going off to college and finding someone to settle down with there, and I am no exception. When making my decision as to where I was going to go to college, I don't think I really had a good reason as to why I chose to move to San Diego and go to San Diego State. But something just moved me and convinced me to go to SDSU and make a life down in San Diego. And then practically as soon as I got there, I met Brady! It was sometime around Thanksgiving Break of my freshman year.

Was it fate that brought me here to Brady? As cheesy and awfully cringe as that sounds, that's just what I believe happened. How could it be possible that I end up meeting somebody completely by chance that I happen to click with 100%. And sure, that seems to happen all over the world that two people are somehow brought together by chance. But I feel like some people maybe bond over liking similar things like the same tv show or music. But me and Brady bond over the tiniest, most insignificant things like our favorite brand of pen. And well, while everyone probably feels the exact same way about their own relationships, I just think this can't be a coincidence that I find someone who also

4. My tattoo idea

So, when I was maybe about fifteen years old, I had absolutely loved (and still do today) the song "Satellite" by Rise Against. To this day, I don't think I know a single person who likes, let alone knows, the band Rise Against besides Brady and one of his best friends. I think the lyrics of "Satellite" are so beautiful and profound and I decided that I wanted to get a lyrics tattoo from the song. But I don't think I would ever be able to choose just one line to get as a tattoo so I really wanted to just get the entire song tattooed on my back or something.

Obviously, I would never do that, but that's just how strong and attached I felt about this song. Anyways, I think it's wonderfully insane that something so small and random could tie two people together that had met seemingly by chance. And while, yes, Rise Against is a very popular band among some people, I don't think any of my friends even know what that is. I think it's wild that I wanted to get a hugely meaningful tattoo of something that Brady is such a diehard fan of. Just imagine if I had already had the tattoo or if "Satellite" was Brady's favorite Rise Against song. It's just such an obscure and completely by chance thing to have happened -- it must be fate!

5. Stagecoach

In the process of meeting Brady, I was just dying to go to Stagecoach music festival and I was hoping that would be something Brady would want to do with me. I wanted "someone to take me to Stagecoach," and just my luck, Brady lives within walking distance to a little park/playground called Stagecoach Park. So indeed, I had found someone to take me to Stagecoach. :)

6. My name

Brady claims, and his family can confirm, that he would never date a girl named Hannah because of his past experience with a strange girl named Hannah. And then, of course, he dates a girl named Hannah. And Hannah isn't necessarily a common name.

And so, I'm not saying that these are events or examples that offer undeniable proof or evidence. I realize that they are not necessarily life-altering to others besides myself. And I also understand that oftentimes the belief in fate or destiny is solely a comfort or reassurance tactic. Therefore, I ask you to take my article with a grain of salt! But also, take the time to think back on your own life and try to reminisce on the times where you thought, "maybe this was meant to be!" I think we can all agree that although fate or destiny may not be real, it sure feels great to think about.

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