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The trimesters are so long... But so short! Erin sums up a year at Carleton.

The trimesters are so long... But so short! Erin sums up a year at Carleton.

My year in sum:

I followed approximately 100 Carleton Instagram accounts. Probably more.

From comics about Zoom to pictures of overweight squirrels and following the life of Gabe The Mimbleball, Carleton student life is often encapsulated in Instagram accounts.

Phoebe’s comics! An essential part of Carleton life. (@phoebecomix)

I’ve watched a lot of people sleep. On Zoom. On the ground. On desks. Everywhere. You name it.

Cozy, I guess? Find @shleptcalrs on Instagram to marvel over more ultra rare photos of college students sleeping.

I explored the arb, a lot! 

Here is one of my favorite views from the Upper Arb: it’s a bench that overlooks Evans Hall and Bell Field and is a perfect study spot. The Arb has been the best spot during the pandemic.


I lived through many a natural disaster, including two tornado warnings (both during finals!!!)

All Nourse residents went down to the basements… carrying their laptops, textbooks, and 9th-week-panic. After the warning had ended, my roommate and I walked across campus for coffee at Sayles.

the salt
Find @thecarletonsalt on Instagram… I wasn’t kidding when I said Carls live on Instagram!

I met The Best roommate!

We’ll be living together again next year in Geffert House, an all women, quiet house right next to Northfield!


I experienced my first Minnesota winter! And survived!!


Oh yeah, and I took classes, too.

Some must reads from my courses!


Okay, I’ve said this in a lot of my blogs about Carleton, but I thought this was a good place to restate how amazed I am at how good a year I had for there being a pandemic.

Literally, I am amazed. Despite restrictions, masks, few events, and meeting friends from 6 feet apart or over Zoom, my first year at Carleton has been outstanding.

Sometimes I think about all that I missed, and get scared that I went through a year of college without really “experiencing” it. I have to remind myself how much I have experienced here: how much fun I’ve had, how much I’ve learned, how many friends I’ve made… In the face of a freaking global pandemic, I think that’s pretty amazing and really speaks to the Carleton experience.


See you next year, Carleton!

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!