October 19, 2009

A Learning Experience

This past month I've been here at Dartmouth, I've learned a lot. I won't imagine that I've yet accumulated nearly as much knowledge as an upperclassman, but I'm worlds away from being the same wide-eyed youngster who stepped onto campus not knowing which building was Baker. I've learned a lot in my first few classes, of course, but that's not exactly what I mean when I say I've learned a lot. No, I'm talking about the surprising number of life lessons I've managed to garner just by being here a few weeks.

I've learned that friends are more valuable than practically anything else and that there are times when it's really, really good to have them around (Foco... cough). I've learned that it's possible to change one's life philosophy just by hearing one sentence from someone's mouth. I've learned that spontaneity is underrated... and I've learned that continuity is valuable, too. I've learned everything, basically, that my corny intermediate school teachers tried to tell me; I've learned everything they say at the end of those dumb high school movies when everyone's realized the truth of those great cliches we hear so much about.

And I've learned- and here's my point- I've learned that there are times when you just have to make a tough decision. At times someone's life may actually be on the line. I guess you've all heard this before because I'm talking about Good Sams.

I've had the dubious honor of having to make the decision to call the Good Sam line and trust me, I'm very glad I did call. I know I made the right decision. Everyone knows that Dartmouth kids party a bit (ever seen the "Drinking Time" video on YouTube?) and that the drinkers here like to think they can hold their alcohol. But there are times when it goes too far and then it gets a little scary and then we start thinking, shoot, where did I put that Good Sam card again?

Homecoming's right around the corner and let's face it, there's probably going to be some alcohol involved. Don't be too stupid. Know your limits and know the Good Sam number so that if someone goes too far you can help them out.

603-646-4000. It's worth it to save a life.


  1. Anonymous6:39 AM

    another moral lesson...

  2. Anonymous10:18 AM

    why would you good sam someone? thats terrible

  3. Anonymous8:36 PM

    Really only "worth it" if they didn't have to go to the hospital, which in a Good Sam situation is almost never. Otherwise 911 is the same thing...and the same resulting arrest.