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What Fall Has In Store

Hannah talks about her fall term sophomore year plans in her last blog post before the summer.

Hannah talks about her fall term sophomore year plans in her last blog post before the summer.

I can’t believe that my entire freshman year is coming to a close. I could have never predicted the ups and downs that came with this past year. Regardless of the good and bad, I can’t wait for what my sophomore fall term has in store. As I wrap up finals and head back home to St. Joseph where I will spend my summer working as a Youth Development Staff for Boys and Girls Club of Central MN, running, and catching up with my friends from high school, everything is ready to go for my return to Carleton. So what am I looking forward to?

New Student Week

I am going to be a New Student Week Leader! I will arrive early to campus and be a mentor to incoming first years in the Class of 2026. New Student Week is our fall orientation and first week for incoming Carleton freshmen. It introduces new students to campus before classes start, so that the adjustment is as smooth as possible. I am beyond excited to meet new people and introduce them to Carleton. I remember the feelings of nervousness and excitement within my first week of college! Now I get to help lead a group through this stressful but awesome time.

CCCE Communications Fellow

Next year I’m going to be working in the CCCE (Center for Community and Civic Engagement) Office as a Communications Fellow. Though I’m not 100% sure what this entails yet, I can’t wait to get started! According to the CCCE website I will “coordinate the publicity and marketing of programs, emerging opportunities, community-engaged speakers, and other events as well as publish the CCCE newsletter each term” with my cohort.

Living in a House?

Because you are guaranteed housing all four years on campus, Carleton has a room draw system. I didn’t have a super great number, so I was expecting to end up in Goodhue or Musser (common freshmen and sophomore dorms). I ended up drawing into an all women’s house with my friend Audrey, who is my future roommate. I am ecstatic to live with Audrey next year! It will also be fun to have a kitchen and living room and to meet the rest of my housemates.

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An example of a Carleton-owned house on campus.


Strangely enough, I won’t have any new professors next term because of the classes I am taking. I will have Chico Zimmerman for my Latin 204 class (my last class to complete my language requirement at Carleton!), who I have had for Latin 103 and my classics class on epic poetry.

As I have said in a previous post, I might be headed down the geology major path. So, I am taking another geo class to determine if I want to pursue it further. I will be taking “Plate Tectonics” with my intro geology professor Sarah Titus. I had so much fun in her intro class that I am sure I will enjoy this as well.

My last class is equally thrilling as the first two: US Campaigns and Elections with Brian Harrison! I had Brian during my winter term for my other political science class.

I love all of these fields of study so I expect this to be a term full of awesome learning.

New Friends & Teammates

I am trying not to be sad that some of my closest teammates are seniors this year, and I won’t be able to run with them anymore. Luckily, there are some new incoming recruited freshmen to the track team. It’s going to be awesome to meet them! On top of that, new classes, activities, and housing gives fresh opportunities to meet more people.

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Going to pretend like I wasn’t a little misty eyed at our end of the year banquet as the seniors gave their speeches

All of Carleton 🙂

I don’t know exactly how to explain the entire vibe of Carleton. But all that it entails will be waiting for me upon my return: professors, friends, teammates, classes, learning, growth, struggles, laughter, discovery, target runs, and finding out what you are truly passionate about.

Hannah is a freshman interested in Political Science and learning as much as she can about whatever she can. Born and raised in Minnesota, she considers herself somewhat of an expert on MN winters. She can’t wait for ice skating on the Bald Spot and Nordic skiing in the Arb, along with exploring all of the other amazing opportunities and activities on campus! When Hannah isn’t in class, she can be found reading, running for the Carleton Track team, watching TikToks, and tutoring with the Northfield Read and Counts Program. Meet the other bloggers!