By Dartmouth - Tuck August 26, 2012 Leave a Comment

I am a city girl through and through. I spend a disproportionate share of my income at nice restaurants, enjoy a proper martini and walk as though I am in a hurry even when I am not. But my mission in business school is to put myself out of my comfort zone as much as possible and the fact that I will likely not get another chance to live in a small town made Tuck even more appealing. Thus it was a surprise that after ten days in Hanover I could say I was adjusting to small town life quite well.
Adjusting is easy though when you move somewhere with a built in network of 280 new friends. So far I have enjoyed a hike to the top of Smarts Mountain, group runs, swimming off the dock in the Connecticut River and trips to the local farmer’s markets. We also took a group trip to one of the Dartmouth Cabins where about 40 T’14 enjoyed a night of hiking, campfires, s’mores. It was while laying out on the Dartmouth ski way, gazing at the stars that my love for this place grew even more, which I hadn’t thought possible. After the tenth shooting star I thought of my friends back in the city and while I am certain they are greatly enjoying themselves as well, I contend they don’t know what they are missing. 
This transition to life in Hanover can be marked in a number of ways: my online shopping is now focused on buying sleeping bags and camping headlamps; I bought shares in the local grocery co-op; my license plate says Live Free or Die and most amusingly, I have had serious conversations with my classmates debating the merits of shopping at K-Mart versus Wal-Mart.
Though admittedly I was downright giddy when it was announced that Starbucks and J Crew are opening on Main Street. Maybe some things don’t change after all. 

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