The cliché of “finding yourself” never feels as real as it does during the four years of college. Many of us may have completely different conceptions of our identities than we did when we first stepped foot on Dartmouth’s campus. Perhaps this is because Dartmouth pushes you to develop as a person or because you experience a great deal of change over the course of the four years you spend here — or maybe because at a place like Dartmouth, you are virtually guranteed to interact with people whose identities differ from your own.
Empathy isn’t something you can learn in a classroom at Dartmouth, but it is a skill you can learn by forming connections with other people. And for this reason, not taking advantage of the opportunity to learn about other kinds of people during your time at the College would be silly.
This week, the Mirror examines conversations within the DOC about identity in the outdoors, as well as how students maintain their religious identities on campus. We also look into what it’s like to have a twin and talk to a professor about his a multicultural heritage. We hope you read about some identities that differ from your own. And we hope you think about your own identity in the context of other people’s, and maybe even form some new connections along the way.