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As we move deeper into summer and temperatures climb, it’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year since we entered the wide world as Dartmouth alumni. I hope this has been a year of growth, happiness, friendship, and success for the class of 2018, even if there were moments that challenged us in new ways. In this edition of the Class Notes column, I wanted to hear from you on your reflections on the past year and learn about any new updates in your life since Dartmouth.
Sarah Rote wrote, “Though it’s exactly what I wanted, it’s a little overwhelming to move by myself to an entirely new city. I’m lucky to have plenty of free time for hobbies (my year-to-date novels read is 58 at the time of writing), but I do miss the welcoming Dartmouth atmosphere and easy ability to meet others with shared interests. Only now do I appreciate the great diversity of knowledge on campus—in class, from friends, or at random events (shout-out to a dinner discussion I once attended about man-eating lions)—and I strive to continue learning wherever I can. A print of the library bell tower hangs on the wall of my new apartment, reminding me of the last time I was in a completely new place where I knew no one, and of how much I’ve grown since.” I’m so glad to hear that this year has been a year of growth, Sarah! I must say, I’m a little intrigued to learn more about the man-eating lions; maybe we’ll connect some time. All the best in your new city!
Hassan Y. Hassen wrote, “This past year I began my graduate studies at Columbia University School of International Public Affairs, where I am pursuing a degree in public administration. During this time I have had the pleasure to take courses that focused on conflict management, defense policy, military strategy, and cybersecurity. These experiences aided me heavily as I was recently given the opportunity to brief the entire economic and political section at the U.S. embassy in Santo Domingo on 5G technology. In the upcoming year I will conclude my studies at Columbia and will begin my career as a foreign service officer, when I hope to inspire others to pursue their passions while also giving back.” It sounds like you’ve had a truly exciting year and that next year will be just as exciting. Can’t wait to hear all about what the future holds!
Seeing Dartmouth friends is always a pleasure. In June Liam Fortin, Sam Colello, Carter Noordsij, Erik Loscalzo, Andrew Ogren, and Dave Tramonte met up for a weekend in Boston. They enjoyed walking around the city, going out on the town, and even hitting the beach. I’m glad you all got to spend some quality time together in such a great city!
As always, thanks to everyone who shared their updates and reflections. If you ever have news you want to share with the column, don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly by email at email@example.com. If you’re not getting my emails with the column prompts, feel free to reach out by email and I’ll make sure we’ve got your current email address on file. Looking forward to sharing your stories in the next column!
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