Did you have any idea when you were watching this beautiful and talented woman win an Academy Award last night that there was only half a degree of separation between you and Meryl Streep?
Some people go to Europe for Junior Year Abroad, but in the fall of 1970 I went to New Hampshire. I was part of an exchange between women's colleges and men's colleges "in advance of coeducation." At the time it wasn't clear that there would be coeducation, although now the thought seems somewhere out of Victorian times. It was the second year of this experiment and there were 70 "coeds" and 3,000 men of Dartmouth. During fall term both Meryl Streep and I were part of the 70 coeds. I'm not sure we exchanged more than a hello, but with such a small number of women I recognized all of the women and Meryl was a standout, even as a college senior. She was beautiful and profoundly talented and it came as no surprise that she has had an award-winning career.
I loved my year at Dartmouth. Yes, the social life was fun, but it wasn't just parties. The academics were superlative and I made some great friends. I liked Dartmouth so well that in the last decade I've returned for three alumni summer weeks and had a wonderful time. As for the experiment in coeducation, by the following fall (1971) the trustees of Dartmouth voted to permit women to matriculate and the first coed class graduated in 1973. Alas, one year too late for me.
The only downside to Dartmouth was the weather. There were January days when it was thirty degrees below zero, and we didn't factor in wind chill in 1971. Twenty degrees was a warm day! Still it is one of the most beautiful places I know.
Hanover, New Hampshire: the most Quintessential New England place
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