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Making Connections

On "applying" yourself to the world around you & reflections on connections.

On "applying" yourself to the world around you & reflections on connections.


How Do You Apply Yourself?

This question comes up a lot in the admissions process, so you may have thought about it already… During my time in the process of college admissions, I felt that this question wasn’t necessarily only about school, extracurriculars or how I spend my free time. There are other elements of your personhood that you can “apply” to the world around you. Namely, making connections with the folks around you. How do you apply yourself to the people and day to day interactions of life? I’ve been thinking a lot about this question since I’ve been on campus! Let me share what I’ve figured out…

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

When I got to campus, the overwhelming sense of dread kicked in for a second… I started to worry that I couldn’t possibly make connections with folks during the pandemic. But then I stopped and thought about that nagging feeling! Instead of letting the dread of social engagement get me down, I just started to reach out to people that I had met on Zooms, in class or around campus. I sent some kids emails, some kids group chats, putting myself out there for the possibility of making those long lost connections. I began to apply myself to the world of Carleton, by reaching out, even if it means not hearing back from anyone for a bit!

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“VIP” slides that embody that best foot forward mentality!!

How Would You Want Someone to Engage You?

This thought also comes into mind! I realized that I could be the person to contact others and put that energy out into the world. Even if no one else reaches out back, you still are able to know that you put your best foot forward and you applied yourself the way you want to exist in the world! I found this super helpful in making connections at Carleton and most kids are so ready to hang out and meet up.

So Don’t Be Shy

Apply yourself the ways you know how, and the world around you will catch that energy and send it back your way! Good luck in the application process and remember that you can apply yourself in many different ways, some of which can be useful skills for life!


After taking a gap year and exploring the world outside of the classroom, Avery is ready to start her freshman year at Carleton! You can find her out in the Arb trying to identify plant species or in the Libe reading about abolitionist education theory and working class movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her passions and interests align most with American Studies, Education Studies, and History. Meet the other bloggers!