Peter Ohashi

My name is Peter Ohashi, I use he/him/his pronouns, and I am part of the class of 2020.  I’m half-Japanese, half-American but spent my whole life growing up overseas in places such as Nepal, Ethiopia, and Thailand. While technically I’m a domestic student, I still identify more with the international community here at Carleton. I participate in several club activities, including rock climbing, soccer, and a bit of tutoring. I look forward to being an OPL and getting to meet all of the new international students in the fall!

What excites you about being at Carleton?

What excites me most about being at Carleton is the community. I enjoy being able to meet new people, many of whom have extremely different backgrounds from my own. An initial worry of mine was that the school would be too small, but I have since come to appreciate the size. You can have a great group of friends that you’ll see all around campus, but the school never feels suffocatingly small. There are still hundreds of people I have not met at Carleton and I look forward to talking with them over my time here.

What is something you wish you had been better prepared for, before arriving at Carleton?

I wish I had been more prepared in regards to my understanding of what college would be like. While it is true that classes are harder and there is a lot more responsibility than in high school, there is also so much more to do here. I wish I had known about the dozens of interesting and cool clubs that operate at Carleton earlier so that I could have participated in as many a possible. I also wish I had known how close you grow to people with similar interests to your own. Some of my closest friends have been made through club activities, but I wish I had started sooner.