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 Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Why You Should Bring Your Close Friend As Your Formal Date

Before asking that cute girl to formal think about asking a friend

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Every year since I was a junior in high school I have always looked forward to homecoming or prom. When I got to college I began to look forward to my fraternity formal. I was never concerned with what to wear or the expense of formal but rather who I was going to ask. It can be difficult to make a decision. If you ask anyone friends with me they will tell you how I am one of the most indecisive people out there. There are so many people I am friendly with or have a close relationship that it can feel difficult to make a decision. But let's look at that phrase again. You might think why does he want to bring someone who is his friend to his fraternity formal rather than someone he likes or is dating. To answer this question, some of the girls I have liked I have not been able to be the true me around and that also applies to the girls I have dated as well. I am different around my friends and I want someone to know the real me rather than me just having to pretend.

Maybe I am still experiencing the effects of a fun weekend but I have noticed that every formal or prom that I have brought a date with not only was a fun formal but interacted and connected well with my friends. That is the main thing I look for in a formal date, they need to be liked by my friends and many of them are still pretty friendly after the formal. You are spending the weekend with them and the drive down for you formal. There will be a lot of time spent with your date so it is important to bring someone you know you will have fun with. I am not saying that there isn't anything wrong with bringing someone else but I always found it best to bring a friend if you are not dating someone.

Think about the people you know you will always have fun with. This can be an indication of who you should bring and why but you should also think about the positives in this situation. Your fun and the time spent with the people should be prioritized before anything else. This event is about you and you should have someone with you that you know is fun to be around and someone you can enjoy yourself around along with your friends. Friends know you as well as you know yourself so there is not an idea of having to pretend to be someone else. The good thing about friends is that you do not run out of things to talk about and there is always something new to learn. Take your formal as a trip that you get to experience with the people closest to you. That is my take.

The key for me is to know that I will have fun with my date at formal. The drive to formal can be long and you are sharing a hotel room with your date along with spending time with them during the trip. I talk a lot. I want someone I know who I can carry a conversation with and will not just respond with words such as Yeah or Sounds good. I have always been able to remember not only my formals but specific parts of it as well. I think this is possible because of who I have brought and the memories I made with them.

Formals are important to everyone so think about who you want to spend that moment with. There is nothing wrong with bringing someone who you like but there also is nothing wrong with bringing a friend. Some people might bring someone they are dating but you should not have to compare yourself to other people. Do what makes you happy but remember this weekend is about you and you deserve to bring someone you will have fun with.

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