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10th Week of Spring Term

May 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm
By Yadari Nuñez-Marquez ’20

The last week of my first year of college has finally come around and I couldn’t be happier. I didn’t expect 10th week to roll around so quickly, but it did and I’m just hoping that I can crank out this last research paper that I need to finish before I can finally go home for the summer.

My first three terms here were all learning experiences, so I’m looking forward to coming onto campus fall term 2017 with a better feel for what campus and class life is like. I’m also looking forward to not being so stressed out about assignments that pile up or anything else of that nature since I now know that all of the assignments that I have due will get done if I put the necessary effort into them.

I’ve been told over and over again that any close-knit friend groups that are made freshmen year tend to slowly dissolve once everyone comes back to campus in the fall. Nonetheless, I know that my friends and I are not willing to let anyone get left behind. In other words, where there’s a will there’s a way and this friend group will stay together. I’ve stressed the importance of friendships on campus on multiple occasions since your friends are the people who manage to get you through any hole that you’re in mentally, while also making sure that you are physically healthy and not lost in Carleton course work sauce (not falling behind).

hen I say that I’m happy to go home, it’s not to say that I’m happy to leave Carleton’s environment. It’s more of being happy to not be anxious when I check my email or to not be stressed about being stressed. I’m happy to go home because that means I’ll be able to go home and sleep and spend time with my family for more than the usual two days out of the week. I’m happy to start working out at my old gym again and actually have the time to get into a stable routine without having to sacrifice workouts because of assignment deadlines. I’m also excited to finally let go of this nap dependency that I’ve developed.

I will say that I am sad about leaving my dorm room, my friends and the animals that are on Carleton’s campus, but a break is very from all of this is very much needed.

“How cold does it actually get in Minnesota?” is the phrase that first-year, Minnesota-born Yadari is already tired of explaining. Besides speaking about the weather, Yadari enjoys working out and doing anything of which shouldn’t be left for tomorrow, today. And of course, long walks on any of the 10,000 lakes here in Minnesota, if and only if they are not frozen solid or a safety hazard. Read on to meet the rest of our bloggers.

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