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While Jelilat bids farewell to her wisdom teeth, she welcomes fall term plans and Honors Convocation!

While Jelilat bids farewell to her wisdom teeth, she welcomes fall term plans and Honors Convocation!

Hello loyal reader, this past week was full of surprises!

First, after several medical trips and errands, I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed! I went to the Hope Dental Clinic in South St. Paul. They are a non-profit clinic that works to provide dental care to those without access to dental insurance. Of what I have seen (and felt in my mouth), they are a good non-profit to donate to and support!

In terms of the oral surgery, it was painful (obviously), but I laughed through it because that is my coping mechanism for pain. I have a picture of all four of the full-grown shiners (I’m talking WHOLE teeth), but I won’t share them because I respect the squeamishness of some of you (yes, that was shade). So, over the past couple of days, I’ve been eating applesauce, oatmeal, soup and bread, pudding, and ice cream. I know, a most flavorful and ethnic diet.

Earlier in the week, I registered for Fall 2018 classes. Pending any changes, I will be taking Anthropology and Colonialism in Africa, learning about American history from 1607 to 1865 (fun), and of course, Arabic 204. Also yoga!! I am looking forward to the Fall as I work to close out Spring term in the next week or so.

SPOILER ALERT: I know my story-telling is out of order, but I need to tell you guys I found out George O’Malley (Grey’s Anatomy by Shonda Rhimes) dies in the show on the same Thursday afternoon I had my teeth pulled! He got hit by a bus. Then I had to pull myself together to attend the Mellon Mays Scholars banquet later in the evening.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship is a fellowship intended to “increase the number of students from historically and currently underrepresented groups, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences and go on to become the teacher/scholars of the future.” I enjoyed meeting the fellows and hearing about their experiences and research.

On Friday, other students and I were honored at the annual Honors Convocation for various achievements ranging from fellowships, scholarships, and contributions to the Carleton community in diverse ways.

It has been a lovely year, loyal reader. I have enjoyed sharing my experiences. I take special attention and care of my mouth for the next few weeks. I hope you do the same. Take care and live well.


As a selectively-proud Houstonian, Jelilat is undecided in her major, and could be more concerned about her life after college. Meh. She’ll get there. She enjoys thriller novels, compulsive online shopping, and skipping the “It” movie advertisements when they come on. Jelilat also enjoys taking #OutfitofTheDay pics, spending time with people with very loud laughs, and learning more about her fellow peers’ experiences, interests, and perspectives.