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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3. Overpack

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4. Check your travel plans, and verify your reservation.

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We're All Going To Die, So You Might As Well Live Your Life The Way You Want

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Danny G

In this life, an amazing thing happens. We are born.

Our parents stand there, looking at us as we come into this world. They cry. They laugh. They hug us. They shake friends' hands. They hug each other. They smile. They go through moments of fear. They become afraid of not doing something right. They worry they'll end up bad parents. They watch us grow. They make mistakes. They watch us make mistakes. And they see our lives change in front of their very eyes.

And in the end, there is one thing that is absolutely certain to happen after we are born: we are all going to die.

Now that sounds extremely morbid, kind of disappointing and I know damn well depressing. And it should be. Because in reality, after we are born, we grow up. We enjoy (or don't) our childhood. We live our lives. We make friends. We date. We have relationships. We go through good and bad times. We get jobs. We struggle with our lives. And in the end, only one thing is absolutely guaranteed: we are all going to die.

Our parents are excited. Hell, we're excited. Even if we're too young to know it. We're in this world. We get to see the light (that's not a religious thing by the way). We get to see the lights in the hospital room. Then we see the lights in our house. We see the lights in a school gym when we get older. We see the lights in hotels that we stay in when we travel.

Hell, it might be a religious experience, who knows. But in the end, we hear the stories about the light at the end of the tunnel. There is a song by the band Vertical Horizon that says the light is starting to fade. That's what happens when the end is near. And no matter whether we live for five years or one hundred years, one thing is guaranteed to happen after we are born: we are all going to die.

Now you can sit there in front of your computer, read this story and say "Why the hell am I living? Why the hell am I even trying? I'm going to work. I'm going to sleep. I'm going to eat. I'm going to have a relationship. I'm going to be bored. I'm going to be angry. I'm going to be sad. I'm going to be happy." But it doesn't matter, because we are all going to die.

Now the choice is yours. You can sit back on your ass and just wait to die. You can be a lazy bum, not go to work, not own a house, not have kids, not have a family, not find happiness, not be married to someone who bores the shit out of you, or not be overly happy every single day of your life. You can sit there and never have sex, never eat a Twinkie, never go out with a girlfriend, never play a game of cards, or never even walk naked the rain. You can have an attitude of "Why should I bother?" but either way you're still going to die.

I'm at a point in my life where I'm fitting in everything I possibly can. i spend a lot of time with a couple of my best friends. I spend time watching movies. I spend time officiating sports. I spend time finding things that make me happy. I'm no longer sitting around miserable, in a house where nobody talks to each other, there is no friendship, there is no relationship and there is no happiness. I'm going out and finding my own place in the world. I'm not going to sit around and have the attitude of "Why the hell should I bother?" It doesn't matter.

What you do in your days is up to you. How you choose to live your life is up to you. You can wake up tomorrow, be angry, pissed off and want to throat punch someone. You can just look into the sky and say "To hell with it. We're all going to die. Why should I even try?"

Or you can wake up with a great attitude, be positive, go out of your way to put a smile on a stranger's face, do something good for someone you don't know, change someone's world, pay it forward, find a new girlfriend, find a new boyfriend--hell, date both of them for all anyone cares. But find yourself. Look for your place in the world and do what you want to do. Make yourself happy.

You can sit around in misery, pissed off, angry and upset. You can hate the world. You can hate your neighbors. I don't give a shit. You can hate me. You can just spit on the sidewalk, quit doing what or who you were doing and just have the attitude that it doesn't matter. The choice is yours, but either way, we are all going to die.

Have fun with that. Me? I'm going to enjoy happiness. I'm going to enjoy life. And right now, I'm going to sit in front of my computer at midnight and enjoy a Twinkie, because I don't care if we're all going to die. I'm just not ready to go yet. So I'm hoping God puts it off for a few more years. I have some things I want to do. People I want to spend part of my life with. Places I want to go. And yes, Twinkies I want to eat.

So my attitude won't be crap. I'm not going to sit here and pissed at the world and pissing on the sidewalk, yelling and screaming that we're all going to die. I'm going to enjoy myself and do just the opposite.


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