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Spring in Review

Spring term is over in two days for Chase, so he looks back on what's happened for his final blog post.

Spring term is over in two days for Chase, so he looks back on what's happened for his final blog post.

For me, spring draws to a close in but two days, since I’m leaving early for my internship! While I’m excited to start my first internship in the US during my undergrad years, I’m coming to terms with the reality that I only have one term left at Carleton. For some of my peers — and sadly some of my closest friends, too — these last two days will be the last time I’ll ever see them for years to come since they’ll be studying abroad fall term or will have graduated by then.

But I’m choosing to focus on the positives, so here’s a list of things I’ll be truly grateful for happening this term:

  • Probably my last ever dance performance
  • Choosing a topic for my comps: the Estonian case system and its influence from other languages
  • Refreshing my Japanese skills with Habuka-sensei, probably one of the most wonderful profs I’ve ever met
  • Receiving a phone call saying I’d been accepted as a linguistic analysis intern
  • Spending some quality time with friends who won’t be here during fall
Chase's spring term collage
Some of the people who’ve made this term particularly memorable!

And, here are some things I’m looking forward to:

  • Finishing my comps
  • Taking hip-hop dance classes over the summer
  • Being an admissions fellow during my last term
  • Again, spending some quality time with friends who I likely won’t ever see again

Carleton hasn’t always been easy, I must admit. I have faced both academic (“give a 70-minute presentation with your group…oh and it’s due next week!”) and social (as a first term freshman I was relatively shy) challenges, but both have helped test my limits, and by the time I graduate this November I will have a clearer picture about what and who I value in my life.

I came into Carleton mainly for the academic component, thinking that college is basically study, study, study, and nothing else really matters. I was wrong. While academics are definitely important, there’s much more that matters, too. So much more.

Have a fantastic summer.

Chase is a junior linguistics major and is more than glad to exchange the year-round California heat for some Minnesota seasonality. In his free time, he enjoys learning and teaching urban dance choreography, playing guzheng, and cycling around Northfield. When Chase doesn’t have free time, which is often, he’ll be in the libe or Sayles with a cup (or cups) of chai tea in hand.