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Mindy Kaling’s College Comic Strips At Dartmouth

Things haven’t changed that much in Hanover since 2001. posted on

Before writing and starring in The Office and The Mindy Project, Mindy Kaling drew a campus comic strip for The Dartmouth called “Badly Drawn Girl.” Most of them poked fun of campus institutions and Webster Ave frat culture, which still have their share of problems today. Kaling’s 1999 Hanover doesn’t seem that different from the mid-2000s version I knew. And though crudely drawn, the comic was not without its fans.

“Mindy Chokalingam ‘01, comic strip wonder, I don’t know you, but consider yourself my hero,” wrote graduating senior Abbye Meyer in a column called I Love Badly Drawn Girl.

The strip ran daily between 1999 and 2001.

1. First day of classes:

2. Spot the Kappa president:

3. Meet the faculty advisors:

4. Choose your dining hall: Collis, Home Plate, or The Hop?

5. Choose an a cappella group:

6. Getting facetime as a Webster Ave debutante:

*Lodge & Hanover Crew: upperclassmen who welcome freshmen to campus for orientation hiking trips (everyone crushes on them).

7. Meeting bros who break stereotypes.

8. And getting checked out at Dick’s House.

*Dick’s House: campus student health center.

Find more of her college comic strips here.

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