Sebastian Tovar

Hello, Hola, 你好, Bonjour, Ciao, Olà, こんにちは, 안녕, xin chào! My name is Sebastian Tovar, and I am a rising sophomore. I consider myself to be a Third Culture Kid, which means that I grew up in different countries. I was originally born in Colombia, but I have also lived in Spain and China. I currently call Houston, TX home, I have lived there for most of my high school years. Additionally, I am part of the first Posse from Houston to Carleton. Officially I am still an undecided major, however I will most likely be an International Relations major. A little bit more about myself, I really enjoy travelling, learning about other cultures, and learning other languages. Also, I like photography, Netflix, walking, and keeping up with my friends. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to ask me!  (tovars@carleton.edu).

 1. What excites you about being at Carleton?

Carleton is such a quirky, yet serious, yet interesting environment. I find myself learning something new every day, in class and outside of class. I really like the closeness of the relationships that I was able to find here at Carleton, and sine the school is rather small I am usually able to see my friends around all the time. Likewise, I also really like how close I was able to get to my professors, because some of my professors are basically my friends. They are ok with you just going into their office to talk about anything! Also getting involved in activities is really fun, and since again the school is rather small, chances are that your friends are also part of the organizations that you join, so you can both enjoy time with your friends and do something you like.

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

This is very complicated to answer. There are multiple answers that one could give for this question, including, the weather, the academic intensity, the workload, time management. However I would say that the one that I probably struggled the most at the beginning of college and wished that I would have been prepared for, was writing papers in an academic way. In high school teacher have like a formula to writing and formatting papers, well I found that this formula was completely wrong when I arrived to Carleton. Having said that, I would encourage people to come with an open-mind and not really be thinking about what they have to be prepared for or not, rather I would say that everyone should just come ready to learn and try new things at Carleton.