My first few days at Carleton were very overwhelming. I came from a small town of 96 people, so even Ottawa was a massive city to me, there were more people on my residence floor than my hometown! On day one of Sprosh, the Managers and the Vice President were so kind and fun people, that I almost instantly changed from the shy, small town child to the loud, audacious person I am today. By the end of the first day, I had so many new friends, and felt comfortable taking risks and exploring new places.
My favorite memory is probably the managers I had during Sprosh week. Unfortunately, I am the worst person at names, so all of theirs evade me to this day, however they were some of the kindest people I have ever met. I had never taken a tour of Carleton prior to coming on move in day, so I still remember when they were talking about Dunton Tower, and I asked “what building is Dunton Tower?” and one of them looked me in the face, and said, “it’s...it’s the tall one”, I felt like a true fool. They were such nice people, and in the weeks following, when they would see me on campus, their faces would light up, and they would run over and ask how I was enjoying life at Carleton, as well as giving me tips for how to survive my first year.
Four tips I’d give incoming students are:
1. Talk To Strangers
Don’t spend the whole week with only people you know, go around and talk to anyone, literally anyone, and get to know them. You may find some good friends to last you a lifetime
2. Go to as many events as possible
Sprosh provides you with the opportunity to do some unique things you may not experience again, so take advantage of it! You may learn some wonderful things about Carleton, and you ma
y learn a few things about yourself too!
3. Sign up for clubs at expo
Expo is a great place to learn about all the services and clubs Carleton offers, all under one roof, so go! Talk to people at booths! They’re there to answer your questions, even if you don’t think you’d be interested in their booth, go to it and read what the club is about.
4. Go crazy, go wild!
The most important thing I can offer is that you’re there to have fun, so have fun! If you worry about what people will judge you for, you’re doing Sprosh wrong. Take risks!