Ritvik Kar

Hello world!, My name is Ritvik Kar, and I’m a sophomore and a prospective Computer Science and Religion double major. I was born in Dehradun, India but I’ve been raised in various parts of India (Thane (Mumbai), Madurai (Tamil Nadu) and Trichy (Tamil Nadu)), Nigeria (Lagos, Owerri and Yola) and currently live in the United Arab Emirates (Fujairah).

I’ve been surrounded by a variety of cultures my entire life and feel extremely comfortable around people. I love talking to people, getting to know them and making new friends. I’m extremely humbled and excited to be an OIIL Peer Leader next year and get a chance to know you all! I’m a passionate graphic designer and love anything to do with design. I currently serve as a Design Editor for The Carl, Carleton’s multifaceted magazine. I’m also a board member of MOSAIC (Mosaic of South Asian Interests at Carleton), the South Asian cultural group here. I’m involved with Carleton’s Men’s Rugby Football Club (Carleton Oaks) and a part of the Cultural Planning Board 2016-2017. If you’re interested in any of these activities, hit me up and I’d love to tell you more about them and see you join!

Again I love meeting new people and am here to help in what ever way I can! Feel free to reach me at karr@carleton.edu or 507-301-1172.

 1. What excites you about being at Carleton?

I was an ED applicant to Carleton so I was pretty much head over heels for this place even before I got here. A year later not a thing has changed and Carleton is one hundred percent Ritvik approved!

What excites me about Carleton? It’s the people. You’ll hear this phrase all the time, “Carls help Carls.” Everyone you’re going to meet over your time here is here to help. We’re about 2000 students, which means you’re going to end getting to know most of them one way or another. This tightly knit community builds an amazing support system for all of us and makes life a hell lot better. I love the fact that I can easily approach people to ask for help and actually explore what ever I want. If you love something or are just interested in it, you’ll almost certainly end up learning more about it here.

I’m not going to say Carleton’s perfect, no where is, but we are aware of our problems and make an effort to do something about them. The community is open to change, and ready to listen to what you have to say.

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

I wish I’d know this:

- Be yourself: Carleton, although small, can still be an overwhelming place due to its variety in personalities. It is then important to remember what makes us different, rather than what makes us all the same and use that as a strength to stand out. Find the people who understand you and get a group of friends who you can value over anything.

- It’s okay to be confused but it’s important to use that confusion and try out everything that might intrigue you. I wish when I came it people told me that it’s okay not to know what the next plan is. It’s sometimes good to follow your gut feeling and do what you feel like, instead of following a life plan!