The Alumni Affairs office rented out the upstairs of The Reub for all seniors to take a break from the busy end of winter term and enjoy food and drink specials, and karaoke with friends! So we all gathered by Sayles, the campus center, and headed to downtown Northfield! The expression on the faces of passers by was priceless! Imagine about a hundred excited college seniors in a big group! Yup-that was us. Spring break plans, post graduation trips were definitely on everyone’s tongues. It was great seeing so many people out and about after a while. You might think this odd—this sudden excitement about seeing everyone—but for most seniors it has been a long winter term. Some of them had been working on comps through winter break and thus were ready to come out of hibernation. As for me, I wait with baited breadth to hear back from my advisor about the fate of comps which is to be determined at the end of the term.
Saturday brought with it more surprises. Asad, an ’06 graduate, and Teek, an ’08 graduate, came back to campus just to visit. I met up with them over an extended two hour long dinner as there was obviously much updating that had to be done. Seeing them back on campus made me realize that the ties with Carleton didn’t necessarily have to end with graduation, instead, they strengthened with every returning visit. Asad used to be a senior when I was a freshman. It was a strange feeling meeting him after almost two years as once again we both stood at the dawn of new stages in our lives. He has worked for three years and is ready for an MBA while I am preparing to join the work force. I don’t know when next I'll see him but I know I can always count on him—the common Carleton experiences we share shall always keep us connected no matter where we are. Since Carleton is a small school, I feel that every Carl realizes that there are few others that share these Carleton experiences and from that realization the bond grows stronger.
Before I continue to reminisce on my experience as a Carl for hours, there is still a spring break to enjoy and a term to go. Just a week left before I leave for my Europe travels and MUN conference at The Hague. Lots to do before that—for now I need to temper my excitement and get through finals!
More later. Ciao