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Andriana Taratsas ’23

Andriana is a rising sophomore at Carleton, where she plans to major in English and double minor in Creative Writing and Cross-Cultural Studies. Although she will be spending this fall at home in Richmond, VA, Andriana is already excited to return to Carleton and escape the southern heat. When she isn’t busy avoiding Virginia’s never-ending summer, you can find Andriana binge-reading, playing music, or watching a favorite movie or show for the umpteenth time.

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Ben Chamberlain Zivsak ’24

Ben is a Michigander and freshman at Carleton who is curious about everything but particularly interested in Psychology and Neuroscience. He also plans to study Norwegian at St. Olaf. Outside of classes, he enjoys playing Appalachian music on the mandolin, reading, cycling, and spending as much time in nature as possible.

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Ben Santos ’22

Ben is a rising Senior from Boulder, CO. He is majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Spanish. After spending the fall abroad in Copenhagen and the winter working with a Danish startup, he was excited to be back on campus for the spring and is looking forward to a summer in Northfield as a fellow. Outside of academics, Ben is a long-distance runner for Carleton’s Cross Country and Track teams (his favorite event is the steeplechase) and he also plays the drums for The Megs, a student band that covers Australian punk rock music.

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Darius Goodman

Darius Goodman ’23

Darius is an economics major from Houston, TX! He was lucky enough to blog during his senior year of high school and is glad to be able to share his love for Carleton with the outside world! Darius is really passionate about important things like improving societal injustices, educating the next generation of learners, and convincing his friends that Latin isn’t a dead language. In his spare time, Darius plays chess, hugs all of his friends (his single-day record is 61 hugs!), and gets some fresh air on his longboard!

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Erin Manuel

Erin Manuel ’24

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 studies.

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Greta Hardy-Mittell

Greta Hardy-Mittell ’23

Greta is a proud Vermonter who is nevertheless so excited to be back at Carleton this fall! She’s making it through the pandemic by writing constantly, playing piano, and spending time outdoors. Then eating lots of chocolate. She wants to learn everything, but is particularly interested in Sociology/AnthropologyAmerican Studies and, of course, English.

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Jancyn Appel

Jancyn Appel ’23

Jancyn is a rising junior from Kansas City, MO. Jancyn is a Political Science/IR major with minors in Public Policy and Spanish. She plans to go to law school following Carleton. Outside of class, Jancyn serves as a senator on CSA (student senate), plays women’s varsity volleyball, coaches men’s club volleyball, serves as president/founder of the Black Student-Athletes of Carleton, participates in a number of Black student orgs, and works for the Admissions Office! When not at any of those activities, Jancyn is notorious for hanging out in Sayles or playing the pipe organ in the Chapel.

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Joe Radinsky

Joe Radinsky ’23

Joe is a rising junior at Carleton from Chicago, IL. Joe plans on majoring in either Sociology/Anthropology or Computer Science, and they enjoy studying public health, Spanish, and gender and sexuality. Outside of class, Joe is an RA on campus, and you can find them singing in Exit 69 A Cappella, doing makeup in their room, or drinking excessive amounts of coffee in Sayles.

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Kai Oishi

Kai Oishi ’24

Kai is entering his second year at Carleton; though born in the Twin Cities, he lived in Kobe, Japan for a year, moved to New York City halfway through high school, and now calls Northfield home (plus Charlottesville, Virginia, his hometown). In true liberal arts student fashion, he’s interested in anything from American Studies to Economics to Psychology; hopefully, double minoring in Japanese and Music Performance. He enjoys walking around the Lyman Lakes/in the Arb, seeing friends at Sayles, playing piano at Weitz, and pitching/playing infield for the baseball team.

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Kelly Lyons

Kelly Lyons ’23

Kelly (she/hers) is a rising Junior at Carleton, where she is a Psychology major. Kelly considers Northfield her home as she is spending the summer here as an Admissions Fellow, but originally hails from Downers Grove, IL, a suburb of Chicago. Outside of the classroom Kelly enjoys working as a Resident Assistant, leading the Womxn’s Club Soccer team, playing the cello in the Carleton Orchestra, and hanging out with 9 year old buddy through Project Friendship.

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Lettu Konshie

Lettu Konshie ’24

This is Lettu Konshie and she is an incoming freshman at Carleton College. Lettu hopes to spend her freshman year getting to know her peers and exploring the town of Northfield! During her free time, she love to read and watch movies that explore new ideas, concepts, or lifestyles.

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Lucas Demetriades

Lucas Demetriades ’22

Lucas is distancing through his junior year at Carleton, bringing with him a passion for all things nerdy and a talent for overthinking and awkwardness (and self-deprecation). He hails from Pasadena, California, and yes, he realizes it gets cold out here. While majoring in Physics, Lucas is eager to explore Cinema and Media Studies, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, and pretty much every other department at Carleton too. He misses his bearded dragon.

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McKenna Wirth ’22

McKenna is a Russian and Psychology double major who is thrilled to be spending the summer in Minnesota! On campus, she’s often designing lights for a student performance, speaking Russian in Parish house, or grabbing a meal with friends. She’s also a proud member of the Carleton Equestrian Team and is currently playing Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in her free time.  Off campus, she participates in the CLS Program and is a tutor with Paper Airplanes.

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Zoë Bonnell ’23

Zoë Bonnell ’23

Zoë is a junior Sociology-Anthropology major who loves traveling and studying abroad, taking photos, and luxuriating in long walks in the glorious Arb. A self-proclaimed foodie, she’s always on the hunt for delicious plant-based restaurants and recipes. At Carleton, some of Zoë’s favorite pastimes include frequenting the various coffee shops in downtown Northfield, playing cello in the orchestra, participating in club soccer, and spending time with friends.

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