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My name is Chelsy Caranto; I’m a 3rd year student, majoring in English and Book and Media Studies, and I LOVE stories: writing them, telling them, hearing them, rea–

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No? I’ll just keep going then, but feel free to interrupt me to tell me a little bit about yourself in the comments. 

If you’re wondering why you found me on this page, it’s because I am officially one of the bloggers of The New for 2020-2021.You might already know me as your former Orientation Leader, SPROUT Mentor, one of the Head Peer Leaders (HPLs) this year, or the girl that always had an ice cream cone in her hand at Wilson Lounge last year – thank you to all the residence students that smuggled, I mean brought their own ice cream out of the dining hall and gave it to me because they didn’t want it anymore and could not stand the idea of wasting food of any kind.

When I’m not studying in my room, attending lectures in my room, sleeping in my room, craving poutine in my room – as you can see, the pandemic has placed me in solitary confinement and deprived me of my daily doses of poutine from the Brown Food Truck… wait, where was I?

When I’m not too busy, I like to sit around and daydream. My mind replays past experiences and contemplates what everyone in the world has possibly experienced. I used to sit in the subway, see someone, and create a backstory for them. Stories occupy a significant amount of space in my mind, so much so that my workout playlist is the Hamilton Soundtrack; imagining the story of that musical gets me through the pain of planks and anything that works out the core.

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And that’s precisely what I want to accomplish during my time with The New: highlighting the stories of New College. It troubles me how many people’s stories are not heard, and often the problem is not that they lack a voice – it’s that they lack the means of projecting those voices.

I want to help with that, especially if it has the potential to impact our community. In this time of separation and uncertainty, it’d be nice to at least get to know the people at New College and be comforted by each other’s diverse and relatable stories.

So that’s me and a goal of mine as a blogger for The New. 

I look forward to getting to know you and the rest of New College a little better through The New. I’d love to continue our conversation in the comments if you’re up for it. 

But for now, I’ll say–

To Be Continued…

CC