Aumit Leon '19.5

Name: Aumit Leon

Hometown: Bronx, New York

Year at Middlebury: Sophomore Feb

Major: Undeclared 

How did you spend your Febmester?

Figuring out what I wanted to do over my Febmester was a daunting task. There was a long list of potential options that I was considering, but I knew that I wanted to pursue something I was passionate about. I have always loved computer programming, and my Febmester was the perfect opportunity to gain some valuable experience before I started college. I heard about an interesting tech startup based in New York City and decided to reach out to the founders. After a few rounds of interviews, I landed an internship! We were a small team of just four people at the time (including myself), which made the work I did all the more meaningful. The size of our team also meant I had a lot of important responsibilities—I often found myself in positions where I had to make impactful decisions on the spot. It was a bit scary at first, but it was definitely an enriching part of the experience. I was continuously challenged to step out of my comfort zone and take on a wide array of projects, which nurtured my growth as both an individual and an aspiring engineer. When I arrived at Middlebury in February, I was all the more appreciative of my Febmester because it provided me with the skills to share my passion for programming with others! 

How has being a Feb impacted your time at Middlebury?

Without a doubt, one of the best parts of being a Feb is the community that surrounds you. The size of the Feb class allows us get to know one another on a much deeper level, adding a very personal touch to the college experience. From orientation onwards, it definitely feels like you are a part of something special. The Feb class is very much a family on many levels.

It’s pretty common to be anxious about having to adjust to a new social setting when you start college, and even more so when you matriculate a semester later than most other students, but entering as a Feb has been an awesome experience for me. Not only do you benefit from the wisdom of older Febs, but you get to take on all the nuanced challenges of being a new student with some of the most interesting people on the planet. I remember finding myself in awe as I heard about all of the different ways that everyone spent their Febmesters. For me, all of it confirmed my feeling that I was in the right place, surrounded by the right people.  

What advice do you have for incoming or prospective Febs?

 Being a Feb doesn’t just mean that you’re taking a semester off, it means having the opportunity to craft your own experiences and be a part of an incredible community. You can have a job or internship, travel, spend quality time with family—no matter what you do, the experience will be uniquely yours. Being a Feb also means stepping out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself to try new things! Taking a semester off is a big step, but it’s an opportunity to start figuring out what you’re truly passionate about. When you do arrive on campus in February, you’ll have a family waiting to welcome you. Approach the experience with an open mind and a willingness to grow as an individual, and everything else will fall into place! 

Aumit with his Feb orientation group at the annual "tight & bright" themed dance.

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