Hi there! My name is Fiona and I’m a junior art history major from Dallas, TX. Here at Carleton we have a 6 week winter break from Thanksgiving to New Years that allows Carleton students to do a variety of different things, from externships to finding a job over the holidays. While many Carleton students find these opportunities in their hometown, I chose to spend my winter break this year on campus working for the Admissions office and a professor in the Art History department.write my essay for me
These past few weeks have been my first time on campus when Carleton isn’t in session and, to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. However, I was excited to share an off-campus apartment with friends and enjoy the first snow of the season. In Northfield, there are two big festivals that bring the entire town together, “Defeat of Jesse James Days” in the beginning of September and the “Winter Walk” which happens in early December.http://libraries.uky.edu/ As a junior, I knew this could be my only chance to participate in the Winter Walk festivities, so I threw myself into the celebration.
Part of the events leading up to the walk itself is a city-wide scavenger hunt for a small metal snowflake ornament, which offers an enticing prize to the first people who find it. Being a life-long fan of Nancy Drew, I gathered my roommates and we spent every night that week searching the streets of the historic downtown and narrowing down our search area with every clue released. Ultimately we didn’t find the ornament first (although we were within seconds of the winners!), but it was such a fun way to start out my winter break connecting with my fellow Carls and the greater Northfield community.
On the night of the Winter Walk itself, I met up with some friends who were also staying at Carleton over break and we headed to the event. While I’m always struck by how cute the historic downtown is, I was in awe of how they transformed the street into a winter wonderland. There were luminaries lining the streets and decorations hung from every business. Every store was open late and beckoned us in for some last minute holiday shopping with free cookies and warm drinks. Children ran around in the snow around us and free sleigh rides attracted families with the promise of a picturesque winter evening. As we meandered around, we popped into the occasional shop for scrumptious cookies and stopped on the street corners to listen to the local children’s choirs sing Christmas Carols to those who stopped to listen. As a Southern girl who’s a Midwesterner at heart, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my winter break than enjoying a perfect winter evening with friends.
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