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A Regular Day at Carleton

A rundown of Hannah's typical Wednesday!

A rundown of Hannah's typical Wednesday!


Don’t let the title of this blog post fool you–no two days are quite the same. That said, every day can look different at Carleton depending on who you are and what you are involved in! As a freshman, my day looks quite different from the typical senior and even other freshmen. The one thing about college that has really surprised me is how individualized your day becomes; everyone is kind of on their own path.

Anyway, let’s jump into my Wednesday of fifth week here at Carleton!

It’s Wednesday!

On Wednesdays, I have two classes: Latin 101 and my Argument and Inquiry Seminar about the sociology of the pandemic. My Latin class wasn’t until 11:10, so I was able to sleep in! After I woke up, I didn’t feel like going to the dining hall (even though it’s the closest building to my dorm), so I ate some breakfast in my room. I had some free time before class, so I got started on one of my assignments for microeconomics before heading to class in the Language and Dining Center (LDC).

Elementary Latin

I took Spanish 1 and 2 in high school, so I decided to try something different for the language requirement at Carleton. Because Latin (a dead language) isn’t in high demand, my class has 14 people in it. Today we got back our midterm exams and I am happy to say that it went well (the prof graded them in less than 24 hours–I’m impressed).

I really like Latin because I love history, and for a language, it is more reading- and translation-based than it is speaking. We got started on some new vocabulary and introduced the third and fourth conjugations of Latin. (What is a conjugation, you ask? That is a great question.)

I typically eat lunch after Latin because it ends at 12:20. I ate at LDC, which is the same building that I have both of my Wednesday classes in.

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My lunch for the day (still not a pro at the dining hall panini press)

After lunch, I headed back to my dorm in Myers Hall to look over my sociology readings before my next class. Okay… I also watched a couple of TikToks, too.

Sociology of Covid-19

Typically, my A&I is pretty heavily discussion-based, but today was an exception. We watched an experimental documentary involving critical race theory and compared it to an earlier class. Some of the topics we are exploring within the sociology of the pandemic include race, gender, and class. Learning about society’s response to the pandemic has been really interesting, especially because we are living in it right now.

Track!

After sociology, I had track practice at 4:00. This was our first official practice of the season with our coaches. One of our coaches, Brian, thought it would be fun if we drew from a bag the distance that we would run during each round of the workout (I’m not sure that we have the same idea of fun). After running until my legs felt like they were going to fall off, we headed into the stadium for an hour of weight lifting.

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Our team post-practice!

Hall Dinner

I really like being on a team at Carleton because you get to meet so many new people! On Wednesdays we usually have a team dinner, but today was an exception because we had a Myers Hall dinner in the Great Hall on campus. The food was good and I met some great people from the second floor of Myers. We all decided to get extra rolls during the meal, hence the photo below.

Myers hall dinner
My table showing off some of the food from the dinner.

Economics Prefect Session

After I got back from the hall dinner and took a shower (running = not smelling great), I worked on my economics assignment. Like Latin, I have also never taken an econ class before. So far, I think Microeconomics 111 is my favorite class of the term (I’m surprised, too) which is weird because I don’t usually love subjects where I have to do math.

My professor has seen me A LOT during office hours, but the topics we cover in class are super interesting so the extra time to understand it is worth it. I needed a little bit of help for the graph I had to draw for the discussion, so I went to the prefect session. My prefect, Paige, is super helpful, and this week she brought Halloween candy to our session.

prefect session
One of my classmates, Annanya, poses with our supply and demand graph and Halloween candy!

After I got my questions answered, I headed back to my dorm to wrap up my assignment. (My preferred homework spot usually varies between the Libe and my room.) Because I had a Zoom call with one of my friends, I decided to finish my work in my room. After talking to my friend and studying for my Latin quiz, I was ready to go to bed.

Overall rating of the day: 9.5/10.


Hannah is a freshman interested in Political Science and learning as much as she can about whatever she can. Born and raised in Minnesota, she considers herself somewhat of an expert on MN winters. She can’t wait for ice skating on the Bald Spot and Nordic skiing in the Arb, along with exploring all of the other amazing opportunities and activities on campus! When Hannah isn’t in class, she can be found reading, running for the Carleton Track team, watching TikToks, and tutoring with the Northfield Read and Counts Program. Meet the other bloggers!