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Living in Evans Hall

Kai shows off Evans Hall, the dorm he loves living in.

Kai shows off Evans Hall, the dorm he loves living in.

Life in Evans Hall

Evans Hall at sundown
Evans Hall from Bell Field

I’ll be honest: life in Evans is…pretty awesome. My roommates and I were thrilled at the outcome of last year’s room draw. We landed a sweet triple in Evans Hall, which is one of the oldest residence halls at Carleton (built 1927), but also renovated in 2012. So why were we so excited?

Soccer at Bell, from Evans
Watching a Carleton Soccer game from Evans’ patio

The Prime Location

First off, I’m a fan of the location. Some prefer the west side of campus (“the Complex” has 3 dorms, 1 dining hall, our campus center, and bookstore all in one), but I’ve lived on the east side in my two years here. Perched on a hill overlooking the beautiful Bell Field (home to our soccer field), across the street from the Cowling Gymnasium (convenient for pick-up basketball games on the weekends), a ~2 minute walk to the Language and Dining Center (“LDC” as us Carls call it, one of our two dining halls), and right by the Lyman Lakes, it is a great place to be. And anyways, campus isn’t too big, so Anderson (the new science complex), the Recreation Center (“the Rec”), and even “the Complex” and the “Libe” (the library, I know, my last post gives you a quick hitter on Carlingo) aren’t too far away.

Evans Hall Ground Lounge
The Ground Floor Lounge (Picture courtesy of CDG Inc.)

The Amenities

Second of all, the amenities in our building are top-notch, too. Downstairs is “The Cave,” the first and oldest student-run music and entertainment venue of its kind. We have a nice balcony/patio area to chill on, giving us the option to watch soccer games from there or on the legendary hill. The hill that Evans sits on doubles as undoubtedly the best sledding hill in Northfield. Our lounges are spacious with modern communal kitchens, including the ground floor lounge which features pool, air hockey, and foosball. There are nice study spots within the building as well. To top it off, our bathrooms are bright and clean, making showers a luxurious experience.

Evans Hall Bathroom
Evans Bathroom
Each toilet is enclosed in a room
Evans Shower
Shower in Evans

Our Room!

Finally, of course, is the room itself. We had to move some things around, but we love our room set up. A couch (with a pull-out bed!) was passed down from one of our upperclassmen teammates. A rug was acquired cheaply from Walmart, as were $6 lawn chairs. LED lights came from Amazon. Steve’s decorations, including a great “Carleton Baseball” sign Steve’s aunt made, complete our room. We got a boxy hand-me-down TV that sits on my dresser too (another big thanks to Steve’s family), which has allowed us to livestream Carleton sports games, among other things, onto the big screen. My desk faces the window, which provides a scenic view of Spring Creek, Bell, and the Upper Arb.

Evans 119
I’m a fan of our LEDs and the Carleton Baseball sign Steve’s aunt made for us

What else can I say, life in Evans is pretty great! To check out Carleton’s ten other dorms that students live in, check out the Residential Life website.

view from my room
The view from my room, Evans 119
Foggy day
A foggy day
Winter view from 119
Winter view

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 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!