I’m sorry for the very late response here — I hope this still comes in time to be useful to you. I’ve had a mostly positive experience at Dartmouth, particularly in terms of academic life and educational opportunities. I’ve found some really great friends and made great connections with some of my professors, which was the whole point of choosing a smaller liberal arts college.
Thanks to Dartmouth, I’ve been able to study abroad in Scotland and intern twice in Washington, DC (once in 2012, and again this past spring). I’ve also been able to travel to India with a public policy seminar and volunteer in Florida with the Alternative Spring Break program.
However, I think that Dartmouth isn’t for everyone. I think it takes a specific type of person to be happy at the College, and there are certainly many people who aren’t completely happy with their experience at Dartmouth. In fact, despite the many amazing things I’ve been able to participate in as a Dartmouth student, I myself wouldn’t say that I think it’s perfect. Then again, precious few — or maybe no — institutions are completely without their ills.
Ultimately, I don’t know if Dartmouth is the right place for you. I recommend that you visit sometime during your senior year, apply and see how it goes and talk to as many people as you can about college in general and their experiences at the schools you’re interested in.
I hope that helps! If you want to talk more specifically, feel free to inbox me again (not anonymously) and I’ll give you my personal email address to contact me with further questions.