Yesterday was our first Discover Dickinson Day of the summer (and also, unfortunately, my penultimate day of summer tour guiding). Prospective students and their parents took campus tours, sat in on info sessions, ate lunch in the dining hall, and had the option to participate in a group interview. It was really busy and about 90 degrees, but the day was a lot of fun!

Top left: exploring the darkroom in Weiss with a prospective student (I spend so much time in that building but I had never seen the darkroom before!)
Top right: Lexi ‘17 and a prospective student in the Admissions Office
Middle: an info session for students and parents in Rubendall Recital Hall
Bottom: the four summer tour guides (left to right: Ian ‘16, Lexi ‘17, Matt ‘16, and me)

- Isabel ‘15


Check out returning Treekid Lexie Raczka ‘15! Lexie will be returning home to the Treehouse after spending a semester studying in Denmark.

Although back in the US Lexie has not stopped with the traveling. She is spending her summer in Illinois as the Outreach Intern with the Liberty Prairie…


Check out future Treekid Kirsten Walsh 17’! She’ll be moving into the house this Fall.


"This summer I am doing some traveling..In May I went with the Dickinson Field Hockey team to Ireland where we toured the country while playing different Irish teams! It was lots of fun to be able to…

Nothing says summer like a spontaneous frozen custard trip to Massey’s followed by a short hike at Waggoner’s Gap! Note to self: eating rapidly melting ice cream in the back seat of a convertible is NOT a good idea. (From left to right: Alex ‘17, Matt ‘16, Lexi ‘17, and me)

- Isabel ‘15

This past Friday through Sunday was Alumni Weekend here at Dickinson. Alumni from as far back as the class of 1951 came to campus, lived in the dorms, and attended a whole bunch of different events. All of the student workers for the weekend were given a list of things to take pictures of and post with the tag #dsonalum. Unfortunately, I only managed to capture 8 of the 21 items: 

  • A photo of you and [at least] 2 other student workers in your t-shirts (from left to right: John ‘14, me, Ben ‘14, and Ian ‘16)
  • A class gift check
  • A photo of an alumnus checking in at the registration center
  • A golf cart (driven by Ian ‘16)
  • The Peddler
  • A photo of Old West with alumni in front of it
  • The Glee Club
  • Alumni on Britton Plaza

Being on campus for Alumni Weekend as a current student was a really cool experience. It was great to see how the friendships that these Dickinson alumni made during their time here have lasted for years, and that they all love coming back to reconnect with each other and the campus.

For more pictures from the weekend, check out the Dickinson College Storify page!

- Isabel ‘15


Wondering what the Treekids are up to this summer? Follow our blog as we share their stories! Check out our first story, Michaela Shaw 16’.



"I’m Michaela, and I will be living in the Treehouse fall 2014! This summer I’m keeping pretty busy. I work on a new food truck called HEART Food…


Anonymous asked:

how does rushing work on campus? i'm interested in joining a sorority but i'd like to hear more about how the process works.


Hey! I’m Grace, a rising Junior that joined Greek life this year.

To answer your question, it’s a pretty simple process. As a freshman, starting this year you’ll go through recruitment in January. You’ll fill out an information form and pay a registration fee online- this guarantees you’ll be part of the recruitment process.

Actual recruitment is spread out over a week. You’ll have an info session, where you get a packet that tells you what you’ll be doing each day, a bit about each sorority, and where you meet your Rho Gamma. RG’s are girls that have disaffiliated from their respective organizations for recruitment, and are there to help girls going through the process. You’ll also find out the schedule for your Rho Gamma group: each “round” has two nights/days, and your RG will tell you which day you’ll attend each one.

The first two nights are “Welcome Rounds”: you visit each of the four organizations and learn the basics about who they are. The second two nights are Philanthropy rounds: you learn about each organization’s specific philanthropy, as well as get some preliminary information on dues. After this night, you start to decide where you feel like you fit. The third set of meetings is called invitation night- you can get invited to up to three sororities, and you visit each one individually instead of with your Rho Gamma groups. Again, you continue to rank your preferences. Finally, you have Pref night, where up to two organizations can invite you. After this night, you have to rank your two choices.

Our recruitment works on a mutual selection process, and once everybody’s (the girls’ going through recruitment and the sororities’) choices are uploaded into a system, you go through Bid day, and find out which organization gave you a bid. That begins New Member Education, the period before Initiation.

I know that’s a tonnnn of information at once, but just know that you’ll have help during the entire process, and you really will end up exactly where you’re supposed to be. If you have any more specific questions, feel free to email me! Hope this helps!

-Grace McCrocklin ‘16

Hey everyone! My name is Isabel and I’m the newest Student Stories blogger. I am a rising senior pursuing a degree in music with an emphasis in violin performance. I will be blogging to you from Dickinson this summer where I am tour guiding and working in admissions until July. My next stop after that is a music camp that I learned about through my violin professor here at Dickinson, and after that I’ll be spending a few weeks in my hometown near Boston before returning to campus. I’m looking forward to sharing my Dickinson stories with all of you!

Isabel Burlingame ‘15

P.S. Here is a picture of me (I’m in the middle) with my two housemates from this past year!


What a way to “seal” off these last four years! My Dickinson journey has been a long one, and also it flew by. I’ve met and engaged with so many fascinating and relentlessly passionate people, some who changed my life in changing my perspective. I studied abroad for a semester in Scotland, and I worked on several meaningful, intellectual projects that took me outside of the classroom and challenged me to think about larger issues, such as the implications of the digital humanities. And I learned the value of a liberal arts education, a curriculum that stretched my capacity for learning and prepared me for whatever it is I am to face. Thank you Dickinson, and thank you especially to the people I met there. I only hope that I can make you proud.

(Leah ‘14)

What better way to celebrate the end of finals than kumquat ice cream in a pretzel cone from Leo’s Homemade Ice Cream?! Other popular flavors include jalapeño corn bread, salt caramel, and teaberry.

As they say: Treat yo’ self!

Aaron ‘15

Spending my Saturday morning at the Scholarship Luncheon chatting with people who were generous enough to give scholarships to the college that they love so much! …. Now do you drink from the left or the right cup?

- Sena ‘15

Students in Professor Steve Erfle’s INBM 300 Applied Empirical Analysis of Middle School Obesity lined up the halls of Althouse today as they presented their posters to faculty and fellow students. Specific topics included analyzing individual student data from more than 10,000 Pennsylvania middle school children as well as spatial modeling of the obesity epidemic using data from Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts. It was very impressive to see the depth of research and comprehensive conclusions that some of my peers were able to make. Congratulations to them!

Alex ‘14 Club Lax #41

Have you heard? Carlisle is hopping on the public transportation bandwagon (or should I say bus?). After money was raised from Dickinson, Carlisle, the state of Pennsylvania, and other donors, the Carlisle Circulator Bus starts rolling on Monday. It will feature routes for Employment, Health & Human Services, and Retail & Entertainment, which means that students and Carlisle residents will have a cheap, more sustainable way to travel around the borough. The best part is that Dickinson students can ride for free! No car, no problem, Dickinsonians.

Check out today’s press conference and inaugural ride above!

Until next time,
Aaron ‘15

So many papers! As a Writing Center peer tutor, the end of the year definitely gets hectic. Good luck to everybody writing those final essays! Only two more weeks..

Grace McCrocklin ‘16



Don Teku et Les Dix Amigos - All of us wore Teku’s hat on the top of a mountain in Bamenda, and tried to best capture our personalities with a photograph!

From the top left to right: Chris, Molly, Nora, Sam, Austin, Sofie, Angeline, Carson, Tabea and me!

I wouldn’t have chosen to go abroad with any other people. Check out Graye’s blog for more wonderful pictures of our time in Cameroon.

- Carson ‘15