Alumni Stories: Tim Snowber '84

When I arrived at Dartmouth in September 1980 I had spent my childhood attending Mass and catechism classes at our local Catholic church.  I was intending to major in History, but an upper classman suggested I take a Religion class as the program had a great reputation.  Freshman Fall I took the Intro survey class (Religion 1) and it turned me on my head.  It lead me to ask questions of things I had never really looked at.  I suddenly became conscious of the water I had been swimming in all my life.  The initial questions lead to other questions- and I was hooked.  I majored in Religion because I felt it was the way to make my studies at Dartmouth most personally relevant- and I was right.

It's now been more than 30 years since I left the Hanover plain.  My journey since then has taken me to a variety of places, both geographically and spiritually.  The questions that knocked me over 3 and a half decades ago are still alive within me- and they have continually evolved.  I am deeply grateful for the opportunity Dartmouth's Religion Department offered me to explore such a profound aspect of both my individual and our collective human experience.

Tim Snowber
Class of 1984