Camila de la Vega

Hello class of 2018! I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself before meeting you in person. My name is Camila de la Vega 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 (marksb@carleton.edu) if you have any questions or if you just want to hang out!

1. What excites you about being at Carleton?

Well there is a lot! I really enjoy being surrounded by people who are passionate about what they do. I feel so privileged to learn from what drives my professors and my peers. Their passion is contagious and always encourages me.

One of the things that I love the most about Carleton is the mutual support that is characteristic of the Carleton community. I have always been able to find the help that I needed whether it was a talk at 2 am with a friend, an appointment at the writing center, office hours with a professor when I felt lost, or an extra meeting with my advisor when I was freaking out about whether the classes I had chosen were the right combination.

 

2. What is something you wish you had been better prepared for before arriving to Carleton?

I did not imagine how fast time passes at Carleton. I wish I would have come better prepared to make the best out of every opportunity that Carleton offers. There is so much to do! Many times, I passed on opportunities to learn something new or get involved in a different activity thinking “next term will be a better time.” But we only have four years here. That being said, it is also important to realize that you can’t do everything. See what really matters to you or what is completely new to you and you had never even imagined trying that. You may be surprised!