[IMAGE] [IMAGE] [IMAGE] [Nermine Abdelwahab]I am Nermine Abdelwahab, a rising sophomore from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am of Egyptian descent and lived in Egypt until I was six, before moving to America. Aside from working on readings and problem sets, you will probably find me enjoying a nice game of tennis or reading a good book. Here at Carleton, I am a member of the Muslim Student Association, volunteer at Kids for Conservation where I visit elementary school children and teach them about science, and participate in IM Frisbee and broomball. I really enjoy learning languages and traveling. I also love the sciences, especially chemistry and physics! My time at Carleton has been absolutely amazing. The interesting lectures and discussions in class and outside of class, the late night sayles run, the sumo movies, walks in the arbs, and the spring concert are just a handful of memories I have had this past year. I believe that although college can be a scary endeavor, Carleton makes it easy to find your niche. I have grown personally in many ways and have been exposed a lot of positive new things. Carleton fosters a caring and supportive community that balances academics and fun it a rewarding manner. Welcome to Carleton, and I can’t wait to see all of you on Campus!
What are the academics at Carleton?
Carleton is known to have excellent academics, that push the student to excel in their subjects. It is challenging, but not impossible. One thing to note is college can be a transition academically, but there many resources (including us) that can help you adjust and thrive in this academic atmosphere. In terms of the class, except to participate in many intellectually stimulating conversations and complete tough and enjoyable problem sets with classmates and professors. Even though the environment is academically intense, the atmosphere is far from being competitive. Many carls depend on classmate support and help to achieve success. Additionally, the professors go above and beyond to ensure learning (go to office hours!). Overall, the academics are manageable and fun as result of the amazing the opportunities Carleton provides.
How does one manage time at Carleton?
Time management is a very important aspect in student life here at Carleton. With 10 week terms, getting through academics, sports, extracurriculars, and having a social life can be a bit overwhelming. So it is important for students to manage their time well by making plans and setting goals for themselves (for example using the lagniappe). Work efficiently and realistically, otherwise, you might feel frustrated. Using some of the academic resources can be important and very helpful in organizing thoughts and accomplishing goals. Also communicating and understanding personal limits is important too. After all the hard work, don’t forget some time to relax (or sleep). To manage time most efficiently, a person has to find their own balance and not to overload themselves too much, working little by little early on helps avoid the stress and work in the future. Most important of all is to enjoy yourself while working, and look forward to all the great experiences to come!