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Carleton Winter Breaks

January 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm
By Chase Garcia '19

I've always viewed Carleton winter breaks as a way to take a long period of reflection on the past term and the future ahead, and its length certainly allows for this. At the same time, these breaks let students pursue a short-term endeavor, whether it be an externship (on occasion short-term internships), part-time work, a vacation, or a combination of the three.

Winter break of my sophomore year I had the pleasure of working at Carleton admissions as an office assistant and tour guide. Spending so much time in the admissions setting gave me a better understanding of how admissions works at colleges and a newfound appreciation for the sheer amount of work and complexity that goes into the process. 

This past winter break, I spent the majority of my time in Japan visiting a variety of cities including Kyoto, Tokyo, and Hiroshima in an attempt to both practice my Japanese and explore all of the touristy hotspots. Japan is an amazing country and I highly recommend others to visit!

Although I’ve never personally participated in one, externships are another option that a number of Carleton students choose, and are basically experiences for students to get a glimpse into the working world and explore possible careers from a more observational rather than hands-on perspective. 


Chase is a junior statistics major and is more than glad to exchange the year-round California heat for some Minnesota seasonality. In his free time, he enjoys directing K-pop dances for Karl-Pop, playing guzheng, watching Korean dramas, and cycling around Northfield. When Chase doesn't have free time, which is often, he'll be in the libe or Sayles with a cup (or cups) of chai tea in hand. 

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