Claire Pendergrast '15, UGA
“Over the past three years, I have used the Sustainable Living Center oven to roast eggplants for SLC Sunday dinners, to procrastinate studying for my finals by baking cookies, to experiment with the science of bread baking, and to bake countless cakes for friends’ birthdays and sustainability events. What I love about the SLC is that the kitchen is more than a place to cook; every time the oven heats up and the smell of baking bread wafts through the house, the kitchen magically becomes filled with residents and friends.
"In the kitchen this term, I’ve learned about spirituality and inclusivity at Dartmouth, about regenerative design and green roofs, about the neuroscience behind how we learn, and about campaign finance reform and how it affects climate change policy. I’ve also learned to make authentic chai tea and bake coconut granola bars from scratch. Most importantly, I’ve learned about my eighteen incredible residents’ fascinating lives and been there to listen, give advice, or just watch in amazement while they navigate the challenges of Dartmouth and the world beyond. I can’t imagine a better place at Dartmouth to live.”