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Friday Fun at Carleton and in the Cities!

Kai walks through a Friday of fun classes, research lab, and a trip to the Twin Cities!

Kai walks through a Friday of fun classes, research lab, and a trip to the Twin Cities!

This Spring has been my busiest term yet! Along with being an in-season athlete, I am taking 3 classes, a lab section, and joined one of my favorite Carleton Prof’s research lab (the Lutsky Social and Personality Lab). I’ve given a rundown of a day in my life in the Fall and in the Winter. Now that we are closing out Spring term, it is time for another glimpse of a day in my life. 

9:40 am – 10:40 am: Introduction to Statistics

My Friday starts off with Intro Stats with Professor Laura Chihara. I’m taking the course with three of my good friends (Brayden, Aaron, and Luke). It’s a fairly popular class. Some students want to pursue a Statistics Major (like my roommate, Steve) or are hitting a prerequisite for a different major. Learning RStudio has been very valuable to me. Additionally, Laura makes the class enjoyable by mixing in jokes and interesting datasets for us to look at. 

10:40 am – 12pm: Convocation Time

Every Friday, the college brings in a Convocation speaker to give a talk at the Chapel. There have been a few really interesting speakers recently. The former Foreign Minister of Mexico, Jorge Castañeda, and Guardian journalist Mona Chalabi have all come to Carleton. If I’m not at the week’s convocation talk, I’ll be in the Sayles-Hill Campus Center with my friends enjoying a salmon roll from the cafe.

12pm – 1pm: Political Science 170 – International Relations (IR)

IR might be my favorite course this term and the class is in the Weitz, my favorite building at Carleton. I take IR with two more of my friends, and the class always gives us something to talk about (Ryan and my roommate Aaron, not to be confused with my Stats buddy Aaron). Professor Summer Forester is super engaging and gets us involved in the class as active participants. Summer always finds a way to breakdown big International Relations theory and make it relevant and interesting for us, whether it is through class discussion or fun simulations.

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Lutsky Social and Personality Lab

After grabbing a quick bite after class, I head to our wonderful science complex to get to my research lab meeting. I’ve talked about my undergrad research experience with Professor Lutsky, one of my favorite profs here, in a previous post. I am really fortunate to have this opportunity and working in the lab has been a highlight of my term. We meet weekly on Fridays, somewhere in the range of 1-2 hours to talk about our latest research projects. Also, our lab space is super cool, with windows looking out to the Daugherty Atrium in Anderson Hall which looks like this…

2:30pm – 5pm: more food + down time

I didn’t get to talk about my Psych lab course that I take with Professor Sharon Akimoto. The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and my lab section is on Wednesday afternoons. Sharon might be the nicest person ever, and her lab course is unique because it gives students (even non-Psych majors) the opportunity to design and run their own experiments. And yes, even though I am in-season, I can take this lab course (and be in Neil’s research lab).

Normally, I am gearing up for my baseball practice in the afternoons after class. But today is our NCAA-mandated off-day (we played two games yesterday and have two more on Sunday). Therefore, some of my teammates/friends and I take advantage of that by having some relaxing time after a busy week of school and baseball before our big night.

5:45pm – 7pm: Dinner in the Twin Cities

All smiles from Paul and Annette at dinner!

We use the off day to drive up to the Twin Cities to celebrate my friend Cayten’s birthday, a Senior on the baseball team. Dinner was at a snazzy food hall/beer garden place called Surly. The food options were all fantastic, anything from shrimp ceviche tacos to bulgogi bowls to crispy New Haven-style pizza.

7:10pm ~ : Twins game!

Target Field!
Target Field is definitely one of the best places to watch a baseball game

Yes, on our off day from baseball we go to… a baseball game. It was a great time and our tickets were really affordable for incredibly nice seats. I’d never sat so close to the field at an MLB game before and it was awesome. Plus, Target Field has been ranked as the best baseball stadium in North America. I don’t know if pictures can do it justice, but I can confirm that it was an awesome experience to watch the Twins win a close game!

Jacob at the game
Of course, Jacob had to rep his New York Mets hat

After the game, we put on some good tunes and drove back down to Northfield. Bedtime was relatively early: practice is at 10:30 am tomorrow. But it was a fantastic Friday, and even in a busy term where I am in-season and overloading on classes, I find time to enjoy myself with my friends.

Kai is a sophomore from Charlottesville, VA, who probably spends too much time enjoying meals (and desserts) with friends in the dining halls. He is a prospective double major in Political Science and Psychology, potential Public Policy Minor as well. He loves working in the Lutsky Social and Personality Research Lab, volunteering for Project Friendship, playing piano at the Weitz, hanging out at Sayles, taking walks around the Lakes or in the Arb, and pitching/playing infield for the baseball team. Meet the other bloggers!