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My Favorite Spots on Campus

The best spots at Carleton according to an art student.

The best spots at Carleton according to an art student.

Because of Covid, I realize a lot of you haven’t gotten a chance to tour Carleton. Visiting colleges was a big part of the decision-making process for me, and I’m so sorry you’re missing out on that! In this blog I’ll give a mini (virtual) tour of campus and talk about my favorite spots.

Carleton was actually one of the few colleges I wasn’t able to visit.

My first day on campus was the first day of new student week—so I know what it feels like to just jump in and hope for the best! Fortunately, Carleton is a really good place to do that. I don’t think I could love the Carleton campus more than I already do.

My Favorite Spots

1. Weitz Center for Creativity

Weitz is the main arts and performance building! As an artist, of course this had to head my list. It is about a ten-minute walk from the center of campus; from my hall, Nourse, it is six blocks. It’s such a pretty building, inside and out.

The main entrance of Weitz
View of the atrium from the second floor: this is what I see while walking up to my art classes.
Entrance to the theater (complete with old theatre seating hanging from the celling for an artistic touch)!

2. Boliou Hall

Another obvious choice for an artist! Boliou is the second arts building on campus, and I love to go there to study, walk around and look at students’ art, or people watch out its big front windows. It’s home to art history classes, woodworking shops, ceramics studios, printmaking, and lots of pretty art!

Main room in Boliou, looking out towards Olin Hall.

3. The second and third floor of the LDC

The second floor is made up of Classics professors’ offices… plus tons of very niche books, artwork, geeky-classics-professor decor! I love exploring the bookshelves and in general, it’s just a nice place to relax. Good vibes!

2nd ldc
The second floor of the LDC; home to the classics!

The third floor is one of my favorite places to study or join Zoom classes (outside of my own room). It’s big windows overlook the Mini Bald Spot.

3rd ldc
Another study spot with good vibes.

4. This isn’t technically a place, but…

I have to include the walk across Lake Lyman to Goodhue Hall and the Rec Center. It’s so pretty! This time of year, it’s covered with snow and ice, and somehow still home to lots of ducks. Goodhue and the Rec are the furthest removed buildings from main campus, but the scenery makes it so worth it. In total, it takes me about ten five to ten minutes to get over here from the main campus.

goodhue walk
Warning: watch out for ice!

I’m excited to see you on campus, and I hope you love it just as much as I do! If you want to hear about other spots on campus, academic buildings, or residence halls, feel free to contact me at!

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!