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Spring Break at Carleton

Erin interviews her roommate about their experience staying at Carleton over Spring Break.

Erin interviews her roommate about their experience staying at Carleton over Spring Break.

Though I returned home, my roommate made the decision to stay at Carleton over break. To do this, they filled out a petition form (which was easier to get approved this year because of Covid travel restrictions) and got approved to stay in our room over the two weeks of Spring Break. Here is an account of their experience here:

One of a Few Students on Campus:

“It felt really weird (but was also nice) to be one of a few students left on campus. I was one of two kids on the first floor of Nourse, so it was nice to have the space to myself most of the time. There were actually more students than I expected staying over break (probably because of the pandemic) so it was also nice to see other students still out on the bald spot or in the LDC.”

“Most days, I cooked a lot of my own meals in the common Nourse kitchen, and walked around Northfield!”

Adventures in Northfield: Favorite Shops

1. Downtown Bicycles: one of the two bike shops in downtown Northfield! “The owners are super friendly and funny, and didn’t judge me when I wasn’t there for a bike—instead, a lock for my electric scooter.”

2. Goodbye Blue Monday Coffee House: “Blue Monday’s is a really cute shop, and has the best outdoor seating area.”

Recommendation: Mocha coffee smoothie.

3. Tandem Bagles: “Tandem has the absolute BEST bagels I’ve ever had. It also has a lot of other breakfast options—I haven’t gotten anything I haven’t liked. The workers are generally other college students, and it’s nice to chat with them while ordering.”

Recommendations: egg and cheese bagel, and blueberry overnight oats.

A Beautiful Mural in Northfield 🙂

Adventures in Northfield: Town Vibes

“Northfield is such a cute town. It’s full of boutiques, coffee shops, and college students. I was wary about the size being too small when I first came (20,000 people), but its size honestly makes it very comfortable, especially because it is surrounded by two liberal arts colleges (Carleton and St. Olaf).”

“Northfield streets lead down to a river, which is also beautiful. My favorite thing to do over break was grab breakfast, then go sit in the grass right in front of the river.”

Waterfall in Cannon River

If you have more questions, reach out to my roommate about their stay 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!