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First Term Review

Ethan looks back at his first wonderful term as winter break is about to kick in

Ethan looks back at his first wonderful term as winter break is about to kick in

My first term here at Carleton is coming to an end! All my classes are done now and 3 essays later I will be heading home! I am in shock! How did the last 10ish weeks pass like that?

Since it is my last blog of the term, why not review my first term at Carleton? I know this is kinda cliche, but when  cliche dodges are so common nowadays they kinda become cliche, so maybe cliche is not that cliche any more! (I have no idea what I’m trying to say here, don’t ask)


First and foremost, have I found nice people and made friends at Carleton? You betcha! (Also I just learned that this is a Minnesotan phrase, I had no idea!) Just like my impressions on my college visit two summers ago, everyone here is so nice! Starting from the International Students Orientation (ISO), my New Student Week (NSW) group, my freshmen floor (1st Goodhue is the best!!!), to all the friends that I have met. You guys made this place feels like home to me!

group of students posing for photo in a room
Our OIIL (Office of Intercultural & International Life) Peer Leaders (OPLs) and the international freshmen at the 2019 ISO! (Repost from Lita‘s blog: Meeting Carls and Being a Carl!)
Group picture of 14 young adults in front of a beautiful house
2019 NSW group 32 with our NSW leaders Teddy and Kota!
Indoor, selfie of a group of happy young adults
Group selfie of Daddy Daycare (1st Goodhue) at the 2019 NOlympics; Reposted from my first blog. WE WILL MISS YOU JEVON!!!!!! picture credit: Jevon Robinson ’22


Obviously, academics is arguably the most important aspect of college experience, and I think my first 1/12 of Carleton college is going pretty well. I know for a fact that I won’t be failing any of my classes, so that’s great! I really enjoyed both my music classes, and I am still thinking about a potential music minor. My Physics courses also taught me a lot, including the fact that a Physics major is probably not best suited for me. (Shout out to the amazing visiting professor Chris West! I love your puns!) Super excited to learn lots of new stuff next term!

(Insert picture of Chris wearing his hat hat, except for I don’t have that picture 🙁 )


Like I said in my bio (is that how you call the thing? I am not quite sure, but whatever), I am a huge fan of music, especially a capella music. Unfortunately, I did not end up getting through the auditions just because there are too many talented singers auditioning (also the fact that I suck and need to work harder and do better) (shout out to everyone that got in!), but that means I could sit down and enjoy the beautiful concert by all those groups, as well as many other fantastic groups at the end of the term concerts! On the other hand, I am truly honored to join the wonderful people at Carleton Choir and keep pursuing my love in choral music! I also certainly have enjoyed myself at the resources at Weitz Center of Creativity, utilizing valuable resources to me, notably the Audio Recording Studio which I have spent many hours in already. It’s been so fun and I can’t wait to do more of everything after we get back!

Indoor, students in Carleton Choir standing and performing on stage.
Carleton Choir 2019 Fall Concert


After dedicating an entire post to Soccer at Carleton just two weeks ago, I don’t know what else I am going to say. Ohh, my Intramural (IM) team won the runner-up of Carleton 2019 Fall IM soccer! My team had so much fun playing soccer together, and we finished the regular season as number one on the table, but were defeated by the merged teams of number 2 and 3 of the regular season (apparently it’s a thing) at the finals. To be honest, we did not expect to go this far, so we are definitely happy with the results. Once again, congrats to the winners! You guys deserved it!

Picture of 8 male young adults in an indoor soccer field
Team MIC, runner-up of Carleton’s 2019 Fall IM soccer (Yes we have more people on the team this is just everyone who played at the final)

So I guess this will be it! What a first term at Carleton! I can’t wait to finish my papers, go enjoy the 6-week break and get back for more thrilling and chilling adventure! See you next term!

Ethan is a first-year international student from Beijing, China, and is exited to embrace the environment and winter in Minnesota. Ethan is a huge soccer fan as he watches and plays it as often as he listens to music, especially a capella music by Pentatonix and other artists. Although his passions in Environmental Studies and Chemistry flow through his veins, Ethan is thrilled to explore other areas like Music and Computer Science in his time at Carleton. Meet the Other Bloggers!