By Hayley Divers ‘21
Freshman year can be a crazy time of transition. Students suddenly find themselves within reach of enormous freedom and so many opportunities, it can become overwhelming at times. It may take a while to completely explore all a new community like Dartmouth has to offer, especially since the Hopkins Center constantly offers performances, exhibits and much more. Let’s see how some of our new ‘21s are enjoying thus far their time at Dartmouth and their experiences at the Hop.
Melissa Wang from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, enjoyed supporting the arts in high school, attending several of her school’s musicals. Though she did not participate in the arts at her school, she played piano recreationally. She is particularly looking forward to the fall mainstage production of Cabaret. Her favorite aspect of the Hop so far is picking up packages from her family and friends, and she always loves a good meal at the Courtyard Café. Overall, she likes the atmosphere the Hop has to offer.
Becky Milner, from Toronto, Canada, was greatly involved with the arts in high school. She danced all four years and even directed dance in grade 12. She also helped with her school’s United Way Fashion Show, combining dance, clothing design, modeling, photography, and videography to raise money for the United Way. Although she has not seen any performances yet this term, she is highly involved at the Hop Box Office, spending three to four days a week selling tickets and answering general questions. Overall, she loves the atmosphere at the Hop and how it brings our community together to enjoy and appreciate the arts. Working at the box office, she gets a good feel for how much effort the Hop goes to to get artists and performers to come to Dartmouth as well as making performances accessible and affordable for students. While it can be hard for students who are not already involved in the arts to keep up to date with all that is going on, she encourages them to check up on the website and take advantage of all the Hop has to offer.
Kaleb Christmas, from Savannah, Missouri, was very involved with the music department at his high school. He took advantage of all band opportunities, including marching band, pep band, concert band, and symphonic band. He was also a part of several choirs like the concert choir, chamber choir, and the men’s choral ensemble. Of the performances he has seen at the Hop so far, his favorite has been the a cappella showcase for freshman at the beginning of the term. In fact, he is a new member of the Brovertones a cappella group. He goes to the Hop quite frequently as he has class there everyday. When not in class, however, he loves to grab a bite to eat at the Courtyard Café. Kaleb loves the Hop and thinks it’s awesome to have such an amazing café in the same building as the music department where he spends much of his time.
Looks like our ‘21s are doing a great job of exploring what the Hopkins Center has to offer!
About the Contributor
Hayley Divers is a ’21 from Tampa, Florida. She has so loved her time as an Arts Ambassador supporting the arts program at Dartmouth. In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano and guitar, singing and acting.