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2019 Carleton NOlympics

Ethan explains the new student week tradition of NOlympics!

Ethan explains the new student week tradition of NOlympics!

To whoever’s reading this: Hello and welcome!!! I’m Yichen (Ethan) Li, a first-year international student from Beijing, China, and I am super excited to share my stories/experience/college life/random stuff here on this blog!

So for my first blog ever, I thought about many things that I wanted to write about, like International Student Orientation (ISO) or the New Student Week (NSW) that has really helped me to adapt to the new environment here in Northfield. Eventually I decided to focus on the 2019 Carleton NOlympics — which is basically olympics, but with college kids and non-traditional activities — because who can talk about it better than the winners? That’s right! I’m here flexing about it again in case you didn’t see the title picture! We are 2019 NOlympics winners baby!!!

Indoor, selfie of a group of happy young adults
Group selfie of Daddy Daycare, winners of the 2019 Carleton College NOlympics; picture credit: Jevon Robinson ’22

If you are wandering about the interesting attire — which is what you should be doing — that’s because each team has to dress in a certain theme, and ours was Daddy Daycare. Get it? Because we are all babies at the daycare run by our wonderful RA Jevon Robinson (who was a blogger last year).

The events at the NOlympics range from tossing frisbees — because that’s what Carls do — into a laundry basket, to putting on a frozen t-shirt, to separating waste into correct categories (shout out to the amazing Sustainability Assistance (STAs). And the team with the most scores combined (aka us) wins!

However, we were not the only winners of the night, as Bed Time for Burton wins the best spirit/theme and took home the stuffed cow. Well, parts of the stuffed cow, at least.

Indoor, group of happy young adults
Group picture of team Bedtime for Burton with (part) of their trophy: the stuffed cow; picture credit: Fabricio Rua-Sanchez ’22

Congratulations once again to Bed Time for Burton, for winning and also somehow escorting the head of the cow back to their hall. Hmmm, I wonder where are the other parts of the cow?

Poster of a wanted stuffed cow
This poster is definitely in no way related to any missing parts of the cow; designed by Katie Landacre ’22
Indoor, happy young adult holding a stuffed cow leg
Darryl certainly has no idea about any missing stuffed cow parts; picture credit: Ethan Li ’23

Anyways, thank you for reading all the way to the end! I hope you enjoyed it and have a wonderful week!

Ethan is a a first-year international student from Beijing, China, and is exited to embrace the environment and winter in Minnesota. Ethan is a huge soccer fan as he watches and plays it as often as he listens to music, especially a capella music by Pentatonix and other artists. Although his passions in Environmental Studies and Chemistry flow through his veins, Ethan is thrilled to explore other areas like Music and Computer Science in his time at Carleton. Meet the Other Bloggers!