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Aloha can mean Hello and Goodbye

September 22, 2009 at 10:44 am
By Jonathan Kittaka

But in this case, it pretty much just means hello.

Hey Prospective Students and whoever else may be reading this,

It's already been a while since I got to Carleton so there's a lot I could talk about in this first post.  I guess I could just start at the beginning and hopefully catch up to reality.

Adventure 1: Moving in

This year, I've been living in Goodhue hall, famous for its Superlounge and for its distance from everything else on campus.  When we got to Northfield, we stayed at the Country Inn for a night and then moved in on September 1st (this is a week early for Cross Country Camp).  To get a car near Goodhue requires some tricky tactics, and my sister--a sophomore--guided us onto the sidewalk in front of the rec center to get onto the road behind Goodhue.  I know right?--five minutes on campus and we're already driving on sidewalks meant "for emergency vehicles only."  We are so cool!  But yeah, it turns out everyone drives there when they move in.  I guess the rebellious awesomeness will have to come later...

After I was moved in, we said our goodbyes and I headed off to the cross country meeting where I met the team.  Later that night in my room, I was visited by my RAs, Carrie and Jimmy.  They were a little crazy and hyper from filling out too many Room Condition Reports.  Actually, they're usually fairly crazy and hyper.  But anyways, we filled out the RCR together and it was awesome, because I pretty much adore Jimmy and Carrie.  I'll be sad when they aren't my RAs anymore.

Adventure 2: Cross Country Camp

I'll keep this one short because it probably applies less to you folks than my other adventures.  Cross country camp was really sweet, though.  We stayed at the lake house of these brothers who are on the cross team (John and Bobby Davis).  It was really cool because Keanu Reeves left us a note in the mailbox from two years in the past.  I also got to try water skiing and wakeboarding (but--thankfully--not waterboarding).  Pictured below is the lake-faring flotilla made of inner tubes and kayaks.  Of course, we ran a lot at camp, too.
The Flotilla

Adventure 3: NSW (New Student Week)

The first thing you'll probably notice is that EHAA (Everything Has An Acronym).  I think Carls just find them fun.  It's kind of reminiscent of grade school secret languages and whatnot--we can talk about Carleton in front of Oles and they won't know what we're talking about.  Hm.  It also makes it fun trying to explain stuff to your friends.  You could get into these hierarchic explanations with acronyms as subsections of other acronyms ("My NSW group included my RA as well as reps from TRIO/SSS and the GSC!").

My new student week group, Group 2, met at the bald spot at the time when NSW groups were meant to meet.  We proceeded to play some funny name games, which--despite their inherent lameness--actually work.  Knowing people's names is really a nice feeling.  We then listened to Rob Oden's welcome and later went out on the bald spot where the class of 2013 all threw their frisbees in the air in a sort of reverse graduation ritual.  It was quite a sight.

The rest of NSW was really a blur.  It was basically non-stop stuff.  So much stuff that I'm having a hard time remembering any of it. So I'm not really gonna try.  NSW is really yours to discover if you come to Carleton.  Your NSW experience will no doubt be very different than mine, so we'll just leave it at that for now.  I'll be sure to let you know if I remember anything worth telling.


Okay I think that's about it for now.  I'll be keeping you posted on all the crazy developments, okay?




  • September 29 2009 at 10:43 am

    The earth says 'He-lloo!'

    I think the blogging structure ie the ability to hyperlink and write casually suits you well.  I'd post more to my blog and link more from my posts if it was actually my job or for class...  You should look for classes that require blogging!  I took two while I was at school.

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