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Rating The Rooms I’ve Had Class In

Hannah rates all the lecture halls and classrooms she has been in during her time at Carleton so far.

Hannah rates all the lecture halls and classrooms she has been in during her time at Carleton so far.

When I was brainstorming possibilities for what I could write in this week’s blog post, I thought about what I wanted to know as a prospective student. Strangely enough, I was always curious what the average classroom looked like at Carleton. While I know that there are in-person tours, guided live virtual campus tours, and the awesome self-guided interactive virtual tour, you don’t always get the perspective of a typical student who lives on campus and takes classes in academic buildings. Here are my ratings for all of the rooms I have had class in.

ldc 3rd floor latin
My latin class takes place on the 3rd floor of LDC

Up first we have the room I currently have my Latin 102 class in. Located on the third floor of the Language and Dining Center (LDC), the heightened location gives plenty of natural light and the room is spacious. The chairs are in rounded shape facing the main chalkboard and projector screen. Almost every classroom I have been in so far has chalkboards instead of whiteboards, which was a little strange at first, but you get used to it pretty fast. Despite having to do a lot of Latin drills in this room, I give it a 8/10 for good vibes.

Official Rating: 9/10

computer lab 3rd libe
A computer lab on the 3rd floor of the library

Next we have this computer lab that I have been in only twice. Located on 3rd Libe, we used this room during my fall term Argument and Inquiry (A&I) class. People can study here (as with most classrooms) when it is not occupied. Here we learned how to use the library resources to find great academic sources for our papers and essays. Not the best room, not the worst.

Official rating: 5.67/10

ldc 2nd floor
A small 2nd floor discussion based room in LDC

Following the library location, we head back to LDC classroom where I had my Latin 101 class in. Since we had fewer than 15 people in this class, the room was pretty small and arranged in a way conducive to discussions. This was a fun class but sometimes it felt slightly cramped, and it was always a little too warm. We would open the windows when it was a nice temperature outside, and the breeze coming in was nice.

Official Rating: 6.75/10

LDC 1st floor
A classroom located on the 1st floor of LDC

Going downstairs from the 2nd floor of LDC (I have had a lot of classes in LDC if you haven’t noticed by now), I had my Argument & Inquiry seminar on the first floor. My A&I was about the sociology of Covid-19, and the class was super interesting. This room was pretty good, though we probably didn’t need as much space as we had because this class was only 15 people. At Carleton freshman seminar classes are small in size, to facilitate friendships and in depth discussions. The chairs had wheels so they were easy to move, but I don’t love the swivel desk part of them because mine would always slide away from me. The floor also has a weird slant on the edges which meant sometimes you would be leaning a tiny bit if you sat on the outside of the row.

Official Rating: 6.99/10

geology Anderson
A classroom used for geology classes in Anderson Hall

Okay, confession time: I have never had class in Anderson Hall (newest science building), but as a person who doesn’t really take STEM classes I felt like I had to include at least one picture that wasn’t a humanities discussion room. I hope to take a geology class to fill my lab requirement for graduation. I have been in here twice while passing through Anderson, and it seems like a chill space. Rocks are fun?

Official Rating: 8/10

Lecture hall of Leighton
A lecture hall on the 2nd floor of Leighton Hall

Up next we have a lecture hall on the 2nd floor of Leighton. This is where I had my microeconomics class during fall term. I actually really liked this room. There are mini chalkboards on all of the walls, and we would use them to draw supply and demand graphs and solve problems in groups. Though I do associate this room with being half awake, I believe that was because the class was at 8:15, which I can’t really attribute to the room.

While Leighton is one of the farther buildings from my dorm, I would bike there in the morning and see a group of squirrels that like to hangout right next to the bike rack. It occasionally was chilly in this room, though, but that can be overlooked due to overall good vibes and squirrels.

Leighton squirrels
Leighton squirrel!

Official Rating: 8.75/10

Gathertown Classroom
An up close view of my virtual classroom on the program Gathertown

This term, due to COVID-19, I have had classes switch between in-person and online. Though we have taken precautions here at Carleton (masking, vaccinations, booster shots), occasionally a professor (or in this case me), becomes a close contact, so we have to temporarily change the way we learn.

My Latin professor, Chico, likes to use the program Gathertown. I had never used it before, but basically you create a little virtual character (mine looks nothing like me) and you walk around the virtual classroom. Stepping into different rooms or study areas allows you to hear and see different people, as well as Chico’s slideshow projection in class. You can even step into Chico’s virtual office for office hours. This website made online classes not too bad, and I was still able to interact with people and be engaged in class.

Official Rating: 6.5/10

weitz center
A classroom on the 2nd floor of the Weitz Center

Originally I was supposed to be in a room in the Libe for my political science class this term, but because this class is a bit larger we didn’t have enough room. So, we were moved to the Weitz Center for Creativity, which is a really cool building. A lot of music classes take place here. We usually arrange the chairs so we can face each other, because the political science class is discussion based. There are big windows in this room so the lighting is prime, and I don’t mind the 7-12 minute walk (it depends on how fast I’m power walking) from my dorm, unless it’s super cold out.

Overall Rating: 8.8/10

Zoom Class
The view from my desk in my room on the 4th floor of Myers hall

Last up we have my dorm room, because I have had some classes on the classic Zoom platform. I don’t love Zoom because I have a harder time staying engaged during class, but my professors try their best with the circumstances that we have. At least I have easy access to snacks, and the view of the Mini Baldspot from 4th Myers is pretty awesome.

Overall Rating: 5/10

The room that I have class in hardly makes or break the class, but it is fun to assess all of the learning environments that I have been in on campus. It is only a small portion of all of the buildings we have on campus, and I am sure throughout my four years here I will experience far more! The thing that really matters is the content and professors of the course, and I have yet to have a class I’ve disliked.

Hannah is a freshman interested in Political Science and learning as much as she can about whatever she can. Born and raised in Minnesota, she considers herself somewhat of an expert on MN winters. She can’t wait for ice skating on the Bald Spot and Nordic skiing in the Arb, along with exploring all of the other amazing opportunities and activities on campus! When Hannah isn’t in class, she can be found reading, running for the Carleton Track team, watching TikToks, and tutoring with the Northfield Read and Counts Program. Meet the other bloggers!