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Reflections on a term

Yadari shares her thoughts as her first term at Carleton wraps up.

Yadari shares her thoughts as her first term at Carleton wraps up.

There’s honestly a rush of emotions right now as finals approach and as the time to say goodbye to all of my new friends arrives.

It’s the oddest feeling knowing that you spent the past three months living with these people, but that you will never see them for a Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years celebration. After all, these friends are more than friends just because you see each other at your best, your worst and whenever you wake up from naps – they will always be there. I’m going to miss getting a “Dinner?” text from my friend’s group chat and sitting in the lounge watching any random TV show on the tiny 5th Watson TV. But, I cannot wait to see them all again in January to see their faces as they see snow for the first time.

It’s crazy looking back at New Student Week and comparing how fast time has passed and how much we have all grown. But, although the first term is almost over, we still have two more terms before we have to say goodbye again after third term ends.

10th week is also full of stress because of any final research papers and final exams that are either sometime this week, weekend or the beginning of next. But, given that the term ends in less than one week, it’s easier to become more distracted or give into temptation to take that nap that you’ve been fawning over ever since you woke up in the morning.

Despite all of this, the most exciting thing about next week is being able to spend time at home without worrying about that one homework problem that I wasn’t able to get done before going home for the weekend. And, being able to sleep in for the entire day without feeling guilty about not doing homework or an essay that might be due next week.

I’m also very excited to start working at Caribou again because I miss the smell of coffee and donuts at 8 in the morning. I’ve worked throughout the entirety of high school and not working these past three months has been very hard for me to get used to because I miss feeling over-the-top productive and having something to do for every hour of the day. I also miss the smell of espresso shots and finely grinding dark roast coffee. In the spirit of making a good out of every bad, I’m looking forward to being able to work all throughout winter break, since this Carleton break doesn’t align with any of my friends’.

Finally, I want to give a huge thanks to all of my professors that I had the pleasure of having for my first term of my Carleton career.

“How cold does it actually get in Minnesota?”, is the phrase that first-year, Minnesota-born Yadari is already tired of explaining. Besides speaking about the weather, Yadari enjoys working out and doing anything of which shouldn’t be left for tomorrow, today. And of course, long walks on any of the 10,000 lakes here in Minnesota, if and only if they are not frozen solid or a safety hazard. Read on to meet the rest of our bloggers.