Hello Class of 2017! Welcome to Carleton! My name is Brandon Marks and I am a rising sophomore (Class of 2016) from Chicago, Illinois. I am strongly considering declaring Psychology as a major. During my first year at Carleton, I joined the Black Student Alliance, the archery club, and I even took a Social Dance class in which I learned the basic ballroom, latin, and slotted dances. I was definitely challenged during my first year, but with all of the resources and supportive services offered at Carleton, my transition from high school to college was relatively smooth. I am very appreciative of all of the support I have received since arriving here on campus. I love to cook and hang out with friends, watching movies or going bowling. Carleton can be stressful at times, so it is important to balance work and play. Feel free to shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or if you just want to hang out!
What excites you about being at Carleton?
Honestly, the things that excite me the most about being at Carleton are the opportunities to meet new people and to try new things. At heart, I am just a guy from a big city who has moved to a small town in Minnesota (that I never even heard of before applying to Carleton, by the way), so sometimes I have to get creative with how I choose to spend my time. That is why it is so great that Carleton generally has exciting things happening every week. There are also many clubs here on campus that represent several different interests, and if there isn't one that appeals to you, you can grab a few friends and start one on your own.
What is something you wish you had been better prepared for before arriving to Carleton?
I definitely wish that I was better prepared for the academics before arriving to Carleton. Like I said before, it can be pretty stressful and I didn't necessarily come from the best high school. However, Carleton offers so much academic support. You can go to the Writing Center is you need assistance with a paper, or the Math Center for help with calculus. A number of classes even offer prefect sessions where a student who has taken the class before sits in on the class again to later conduct review sessions in order to answer questions or clarify points of confusion from class. Professors have office hours where you can chat with them about the class and ask them for help directly because let's face it, who knows what the professor wants better than the professor?