10th week is flying by, and honestly right now seems a little bit of a blur. This blur consisted of a lot of paper writing, studying, and various late night Sayles runs, or just stopping homework and spending an hour or two talking. My last day of classes was Wednesday, which was both exciting and rather sad. I've really grown to like all of my classes, and it is sad knowing that next term, I will not be taking a class with any of the wonderful professors that I had this term. Today my international relations professor brought us tamales for the last day of class, and Monday my French professor brought us chocolate pastries!
Reading days were quite the experience, it was definitely very different from a normal weekend. Everything was pretty laid back, everyone studied, but it still felt like somewhat of a break. I decided to participate in several reading day traditions. I went with my friends to the late night breakfast, and ate copious amounts of cinnamon rolls. From there we went to the silent dance party. I was a little apprehensive about this because I am not usually into dancing, and somewhat shy when it comes to those kinds of things. I can honestly say this was one of the most fun things I have done at Carleton. All synced up to the same playlist, starting on the first floor of the library, everyone pressed play on their respective iPods. From there we went through the whole library, Sayles, the CMC, the chapel and back to the library. We literally danced for a whole hour, it was just sheer craziness, also quite amusing to take off my headphones for a second, and see everyone dancing without hearing anything. When I was actually listening to the music, it really did feel like everyone was on the same page.
When we left the library everyone just ran out into the cold night air dancing all the while. I honestly feel like Carleton is the only place in the world that I would feel comfortable dancing so ridiculously for an entire hour. The last song was perfect. They played "You've got a Friend in me”, and all of my friends joined arms and danced together. This Carleton tradition epitomizes the community that I have found at Carleton. Everyone is hilarious, supportive, and always ready to have a great time. It is this amazing community that I will miss most as my time here comes to an end until January.