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March 4, 2024 | Latest Issue
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Mirror Asks: Ringing in the New Year

Mirror writers share their thoughts on Winterim, New Year’s resolutions and the best ways to take advantage of the snowy Hanover winters.

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Favorite part of Winterim?

Gianna Totani ’25: Snow and (hopefully) taking advantage of the outdoors and learning to ski!

Allison Burg ’25: Going to New York City to see Dartmouth friends!

Brian Zheng ’24: Going on a cappella tour with my group, the Cords.

Omala Snyder ’24: Going home to London and getting to see my family after so long!

Chloe Terestchenko ’25: Spending time in Florida. 

Street Roberts ’24: Visiting friends in New York City.

Gretchen Bauman ’25: Shockingly warm winter weather in the Midwest, watching Purdue beat Indiana University in football and seeing my friends from high school. 

Kaia Culotta ’25: Reuniting with family and friends. 

Katherine Plaza ’25: The Dartmouth Mountaineering Club trip to Mt. Lemmon! 

Caris White ’23: Going surfing at home and having time to unwind from the stress of the term.

Least favorite part of Winterim? 

GT: The cold weather.

AB: Getting COVID-19.

BZ: Around New Year’s, when the omicron variant began spreading at a higher rate, restricting some social gatherings back home. 

OS: Travel difficulties, plus the fact it flew by. 

CT: Procrastinating. 

SR: Endless days of boredom. 

GB: Working 7 a.m. shifts and having to relearn how to be early for things after perpetually running on-time/late during fall term. 

KC: Getting my wisdom teeth removed. 

KP: Not being able to see some family members because of COVID-19. 

CW: The combination of missing friends from Dartmouth and friends from home, since our schedule is so unique that it often doesn’t line up with my friends’ breaks.

New Year’s resolutions: A fun tradition or a tired cliche?

GT: I think it’s a fun tradition — for a few weeks, at least… 

AB: A fun tradition; it’s nice to have the reminder and newfound motivation to improve myself after the new year. 

BZ: Every day, not just New Year’s, is an opportunity to reflect and identify areas of improvement! 

OS: Learn one new recipe a week, read one book a week and buy flowers and plants.

CT: Tired cliche.

SR: Tired cliche (’cause I can never stick to them). 

GB: They can be a good way to reflect on what you want to accomplish in the upcoming year, but most people don’t follow through on them, which makes them mostly useless. 

KC: A fun tradition. 

KP: Fun tradition. 

CW: They can be fun, but I think they rarely last.

Best book you read in 2021? 

GT: “The Last Lecture” by Jeffrey Zaslow and Randy Pausch. 

AB: “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt.

BZ: “Why Trust Science?” by Naomi Oreskes and “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” by Thomas Kuhn. 

OS: “Educated” by Tara Westover.

CT: “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong.

SR: “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry. 

GB: “I Was Told It Would Get Easier” by Abbi Waxman. 

KC: “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë. 

KP: “Daisy Jones and The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. 

CW: “The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell.

What are you looking forward to in 22W?

GT: My first Winter Carnival!

AB: Improving my skiing and ice skating, Winter Carnival and having interesting classes.

BZ: Spending time with old friends and new ones! 

OS: Experiencing my first Dartmouth winter.

CT: Meeting people. 

SR: Way too much skiing. 

GB: Intramural hockey, learning how to ski (hopefully), winter hiking/snowshoeing and taking my first Dartmouth history class. 

KC: Winter Carnival! 

KP: Winter traditions and skiing. 

CW: I’m taking two classes in departments I’ve never been in before!

Favorite outdoor winter activity?

GT: Sledding or ice skating. 

AB: Snowball fights. 

BZ: Ice skating on the green last winter was awesome.

OS: Skiing!

CT: Ice skating.

SR: Pond hockey. 

GB: Ice skating or sledding! 

KC: Ice skating. 

KP: Skiing.

CW: Snowboarding.