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A Southerner on Ice Skates

Note: Minnesota is colder than North Carolina.

Note: Minnesota is colder than North Carolina.


Uh Oh!

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Carleton is known for its tough academics and fast paced classes… So while it’s easy to think that we don’t spend any time goofing around and having fun, it’s actually the complete opposite!

While I do spend the majority of my day on Zoom classes and studying, I make time for fun, too. The cold definitely makes it harder to want to go outside, but Carleton offers a lot of experiences to students who do venture out.

At the end of fall term, two ice skating rinks are put up in the center of the Bald Spot! They come with a shed full of ice skates students can borrow, and benches to lace them up and then walk (or hobble, more like) down to the rinks. This was the hardest part for my roommate and me; we spent about thirty minutes contemplating how on Earth we were supposed to get down there.

Once on the rink, we didn’t have that much more luck, but neither of us died which we took as a win! It was very cold, but very fun! We (attempted to) skate for about an hour while the sun was setting over Skinner Chapel (arguably the prettiest building on campus). Other students were playing hockey, zipping around the rinks, and teaching their friends how to skate. I’m excited to try it again, but refuse to spend more than five minutes outside until it goes above zero again.

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Other fun things to do on cold days:

Go cross country skiing though the arb!

Build snowmen wherever and whenever your heart desires. (Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, recreate the Saint Basil’s Cathedral, like one student did in front of LDC!)

Author’s choice: stay in, drink hot chocolate, and watch students speed walk through the cold through your window. (Making sure to feel entitled, as you don’t have to be outside but they do.)


Erin grew up catching salamanders, recklessly climbing trees, and running around barefoot in the Appalachian Mountains in a small town in North Carolina. This is her first year at Carleton, and she’s looking forward to meeting new people, exploring campus (especially the arb!), and experiencing her first Minnesota winter. She is currently interested in studying psychology and gender, women’s, and sexuality studiesMeet the other bloggers!