Smidge's Interpretations Of Dartmouth Traditions

Smidge's Interpretations Of Dartmouth Traditions

Yes, you read that right. Perspectives of a guide dog.
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Homecoming weekend is arguably one of the most fun weekends to be at Dartmouth. Not only is it great to have some alums come home, it’s also fun to take part in unique Dartmouth traditions. Though Smidge tends to usually skip homecoming celebrations because, hello, she’s a dog and that wouldn’t always be safe. But in the spirit of homecoming here are Smidge’s thoughts on a few Dartmouth Traditions

Running around the fire

It is so hot! These humans are ridiculous. At school we learned to keep my human far away from fire. But all the humans want to do is touch it. Do they even school? Why are you making job harder for Smidge?

Wearing flair

Do these humans not own any normal clothing? They wear so many different shades of gray!

Playing Pong

Ball! Ball! Ball… Ball! I’ve never had so many people want to play fetch and this floor tastes AMAZING!

First year trips

You know I could get used to this. Smidge loves woods. Master goes to the bathroom with Smidge outside finally. Human training is working well. Humans are weird with their aggressive dancing and outrageous choices of clothing. Smidge is enjoying this leave no trace behind. Master is working on new tick called “yum yum”. I try really hard to make sure I help my humans out by eating everything possible. I think I’m doing a good job with that.

Football games

There are large people running around after a strangely shaped ball. I have never encountered humans who are as enthusiastic about catching balls as I am. This is fantastic!

Princeton Vs. Dartmouth Hockey Game

This. Is. Amazing. I look like a hockey player. I could definitely get on the ice. I need to get to the tennis balls. How many do you think I can fit in my mouth? You’re right, I can definitely fit all of them in my mouth!

Ledyard Challenge

I’ve been telling these people they should ditch the clothes… Finally, they’ve decided to listen. I could definitely handle the run but the swim seems pretty far. I have been working on my doggy paddle though, I bet I could do it. Luckily for me I won’t need to leave clothes on the dock.

Lous challenge

I’m sorry, but do these people ever sleep? Sleep is great. Sleep and walks. And squirrels. why are they staying up all night? So this is human fun. This was fun for like an hour but I reallyyy don’t want to stargaze or skinny dip anymore. Do I have to come? You guys can handle things on your own if I nap right? Okay good, I’ll be on your bed, that’s cool right?

Polar bear plunge

I just don’t get it. Why do all these people want to be wet and cold?? I guess I like swimming when its hot out (though I’m still a little traumatized from falling into the lake that one time), but I get very grumpy when it snows or rains and I have to be wet and cold all day. Plus Staci makes me wear these stupid snow boots and it would be such a pain to get those off just to jump in Occum! No thank you I am fine skipping this one.

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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