Tiffany Thet

Hi Friends! Congrats and welcome to Carleton! My name is Tiffany (Thet-Htar) Thet , and I’ll be one of the OPL’s for 2014-2015. I’m super excited to meet all you awesome fellow Carls and can’t wait to embark on our international student journey together. I hail from Yangon, Burma/Myanmar and I’ve moved through 5 countries through my 18 years of life (USA, Bangladesh, Thailand, Italy and Burma/Myanmar). I’m currently a sophomore and hope to major in International Relations and concentrate in Political Economy and Education. I’m looking to get my teacher’s license so I’ll see where that leads me ^^ My interests at Carleton and in life are all over the place. I’m passionate about activism, sex education, the environment, fun dancing (ebony), international relations and MUN (Model United Nations) In my spare time I tend to read books, explore lower arb and hang out with fellow Carls. I’m also really into music, with my favorite genres being Rock/Alternative and EDM. I’m excited to meet all of you and here’s to a great first year ^^

 1. What excites you about being at Carleton?

People, People, People. Being an international student in a country over 7000 miles away I had no opportunity to visit. Facebook and seeing the type of people that were at Carleton is the reason I came here. After coming here the people have exceeded my expectations. After coming to Carleton I’ve met so many awesome and inspiring individuals that have inspired me to self-evaluate and explore my identity here. There are so many different types of people with unique backgrounds that make everyone special here. It’s been a great experience talking and getting know people at Carleton. Whether it be during a Femsex class, an MUN team meeting, Vagina Monologues practice or sitting at a random table in the dining hall- Carls help Carls and that’s pretty amazing ^^

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

Culture shock for sure. I thought since I’ve moved so many places that I would be fine adjusting to college and I’d have a simple transition. I went through the honeymoon stage for quite a while until culture shock hit me strong. It’s something I wish I had expected rather then being overconfident about it. After all there is no shame in culture shock and there is definitely a support system for it (i.e. the OPLS, peer leaders and the OILL office).