Sarah Asch '19.5

Hometown: Mill Valley, California 

Year at Middlebury: Sophomore Feb 

Major: English Literature

How did you spend your Febmester?

In June, I traveled with my grandparents to London and Paris and then with my parents to Belize. Afterwards I visited Bolivia, where I spent two weeks with an exchange student who had lived with my family the year before. Starting in the September, I lived in Madrid and worked as an intern at a magazine. I had the opportunity to practice my Spanish and travel to multiple cities in Spain and Portugal including Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Sevilla, and Lisbon. I learned about Spanish culture and made lots of friends through my program, many of whom I am still in touch with today. When I returned home, I worked as a babysitter and spent time with my family and friends. It was really nice to have some time off to relax before starting school. I also helped my parents take care of the puppy they got to replace me! 

How has being a Feb impacted your time at Middlebury?

I was worried that arriving in February would make starting college more difficult but I can confidently say that being a Feb has been the best decision I’ve ever made. I know almost every person in my Feb class and I felt so supported by my fellow Febs and Middlebury as a whole as I began my first semester. Being a Feb means entering Middlebury with a class full of adventurous, curious people who have all had different life experiences. Everybody is so ready to start school and so excited to be here! 

What advice do you have for incoming or prospective Febs?

No matter what you do over your Febmester make sure it’s something you really enjoy. It might be one of the few times in your life when you get to take a break from the “traditional” path. Take advantage of every minute! Write a journal or a blog–anything to keep track of the things you are thinking and feeling. Don’t be afraid to take risks and potentially fail sometimes. Your Febmester is a phenomenal opportunity to learn about yourself and what you love, and that can help you in college and beyond. If you have the right attitude, every experience you have will be a good time, a good story, or a good lesson. 

“This picture was taken at the top of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.”

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