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A Day in the Life of a Carleton Cowboy

Roy, an admissions summer fellow, shares what it's like to work in Admissions during the summer

Roy, an admissions summer fellow, shares what it's like to work in Admissions during the summer

Hey y’all!

My name is Roy Cady-Kimble. I’m a born and bred cowboy from Casper, Wyoming, a rising senior Political Science major, an RA in the townhouses, and a member of the CSA Student Senate. Most importantly, though, I’ve had the privilege to be a part of the Admissions team this summer as a Fellow! As a current student working for the office that sees hundreds of prospective students coming through its doors, I’ve truly enjoyed leading experiences that give high schoolers a lasting impact during one of the most important processes of their lives. I’d like to lead you through a typical day in the life of a Fellow!

7:00 AM: The alarm tolls, and I’m missing the days when my first class was a 3A. It’s fun to live off campus for the summer, because I get to bike to work. Northfield is bustling on summer mornings; lots of dogs to see on the ride.

8:00 AM: As the work day begins, I work on a few interview write-ups from yesterday. After I interview a prospective student, I like the conversation to percolate for a night before I write down my thoughts. It makes it much easier to remember the truly captivating parts of a student’s story. Today’s write ups included a fencer who loves to program robots, a classical pianist who competes in national Quiz Bowl competitions, and a quiet physics lover who is LOUD in the theater department. Sounds like some good Carls to me!

8:45 AM: Tour time!! Tours have been great this summer; I have learned how to walk backwards, I get to talk about the things I love at Carleton, and my FitBit steps are OFF THE CHARTS. Usually I take two or three families around campus, but today, I had a smaller tour. This is nice, because I can cater the tour to the interests of the individual student. Also, the Music Hall in Weitz is almost complete, and a huge geothermal battery is being installed under the Mini Bald Spot. I can’t wait to show a tour the finished products!

10:00 AM- 4:00 PM: Interviews! During the dog days of summer, students from across the world have been coming to Carleton to interview with the Admissions Fellows. We talk to students and parents for about an hour, and WOW are they interesting! Just this summer, I’ve met beekeepers, trading post managers, competitive unicyclists, black belts, and even a bookmaker! There is no shortage of interesting backstories applying to Carleton; it’s refreshing to see the love for intellectual and active pursuits among the next generation of prospective Carls.

5:00 PM: As the work day winds down, all six Fellows walk back into town together. We have a lot of fun working together in the office, and tonight might include a pickup soccer game, some bouldering in the gym, or some binge watching of the newest episode of Game of Thrones. There hasn’t been a dull moment so far during this Northfield Summer, and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s workday brings.

Until next time!


Have questions about life at Carleton? Roy can be reached at