Welcome Carol Flaksberg ’22, Alicia Telle ’23,
Lucklita (Lita) Theng ’22, and Amadou Tine ’22


Carol Flaksberg ’22

Carol Flaksberg '22
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your path to Carleton.

I am a member of the Class of 2022 from Sao Paulo, Brasil majoring in economics. At Carleton, I am part of the JSC (Jewish Students of Carleton), CSA (Carleton Student Association), CEDI (Community Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Board), and CRU (Community for Religious Understanding). Some of my hobbies include learning new languages (I currently speak Portuguese, English, Spanish and French fluently) and traveling. I have been to 5 out of the 7 continents. I am interested in behavioral economics and have had the opportunity to explore decision-making processes in the areas of sustainability, research, marketing, food services, and financial services.

What is your favorite thing about Carleton so far?

The people. Meeting people from very different backgrounds how I relate to others.

What has been your favorite Carleton class so far?

I took a Cognitive Science class with Anne Magro, a visiting professor from George Mason University on Decision Making Processes that changed how I make decisions in my day-to-day life.

What is your favorite place to hang out in Northfield (outside of campus)?

I love running around the neighborhoods that surround the golf course.

What motivated you to join the MCAN Board?

As a Latinx and Jewish student, I have experienced the huge gap there is between students of color and the rest of Carleton. These uncomfortable experiences have encouraged me to join different groups in our community to learn more about diversity and come up with ways to directly change students’ experiences on campus. My involvement in CRU taught me the importance of learning about different religions when striving for inclusion. My experience with CEDI taught me how to address academic and non-academic obstacles students of color encounter and how to create visibility for minority students at Carleton.

I am thrilled about the opportunity to apply this knowledge at MCAN. MCAN will further teach me how to build a community of mutual support and engagement that demands visibility and inclusion in an even broader area of Carleton.

The prospect of aiding in the recruitment and retention of students and faculty of color sounds like the perfect opportunity to have an immediate impact in our community. My ability to speak 4 different languages will allow me to reach out to domestic and international members, making our community a more inclusive one. This will also allow me to easily facilitate the relationship between the Carleton community and alumni of color.

Have you learned anything about yourself during the Covid-19 pandemic that you would be willing to share?

I learned to enjoy my own company and how to set priorities.

If you could go back and give your first year at Carleton self any advice, what would it be?

Don’t wait until Sunday morning to get started on your homework. Do some work Friday afternoon.

What is currently on your playlist?

Lots of Reggaeton

What was the last book you read?

YOU are a BADASS by Jen Sincero


Alicia Telle ’23

Alicia Telle
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your path to Carleton.

I was raised in The Bahamas and spent two years at UWC Changshu China. I grew up playing lots of sports and love to cook and go to the beach with family and friends. I learned about Carleton at UWC and was very excited to experience a liberal arts education on a small campus. It is quite interesting being the only Bahamian at Carleton, but I enjoy the opportunity to share my culture with others and to engage with other international students in our community.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

I see myself traveling the world and doing fulfilling work helping others in any way that I can. I would also love to have made progress on a research interest of mine pertaining to food anthropology in The Bahamas.

What has been your favorite Carleton class so far?

My favourite Carleton class was Anthropology of Food with Constanza Ocampo-Raeder! I loved the opportunity to try new foods and talk about them with others and to learn about new cultures through the history of their foods and tastes.

What motivated you to join the MCAN Board?

I am very passionate about connecting with other international and BIPOC students and working towards a future in which we are all able to thrive equally at Carleton. Being at a PWI in rural Minnesota is very difficult, but I believe community is one of the most important ways to make the experience more rewarding and a bit easier. Being on the MCAN board seemed to me like a great opportunity to engage directly with other students and alumni to work together towards a common goal of making Carleton a safer space for us all.

What is your favorite food and why?

My favourite food is a Bahamian dish called Steamed Lobster. It is usually served with white rice and corn. We use a local lobster which is to die for and the flavour is just indescribable. It melts in your mouth and always makes me happy.


Lita Theng

Lucklita (Lita) Theng ’22

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your path to Carleton.

Hi! My name is Lucklita Theng, I’m an international rising junior and double majoring in Computer Science and Studio Arts. Currently, I work with the admissions office and the Institutional Research and Assessment office at Carleton College. I’m also on the ASIA student organization board, and help with planning events for Asian identifying students on campus. In my free time, I like to cook home dishes, read historical fiction or go horse riding!

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

In 5 years, I see myself running an organization that works to help promote Cambodian creatives and equal access to education/opportunities in Cambodia, as well as representing my country in equestrian show jumping abroad!

What is your favorite thing about Carleton so far?

I really appreciate the connectedness that I feel at Carleton with the students, staff and faculty. I love getting to know people, and their passions. Everyone here is very passionate about various things!

What has been your favorite Carleton class so far?

Definitely Software Design because I love getting to work on a project, and learn from it – and that is exactly what I did in the class, I was able to create a web application from scratch!

What is your favorite place to hang out in Northfield (outside of campus)?

Definitely any of the coffee shops and/or vintage stores, a nice afternoon can be spent working in one of the coffee shops and then taking a stroll by the Canon River as well as checking out some items from the vintage stores.

In what ways are you excited about connecting with alumni?

I’m super excited to get to know alumni and connect them to various different activities on campus so students can learn more about ways they can be supported by  our alumni, and that the alumni can be more present in our community.

What motivated you to join the MCAN Board?

I think this is a great opportunity to help in promoting the presence of POC alumni at Carleton, and strengthen the bonds and connections between current POC students and them.

Have you learned anything about yourself during the Covid-19 pandemic that you would be willing to share?

I learned that while I’m extroverted, and love being around people—the pandemic gave me space that I never knew I needed in order to be more with myself, and take life one thing at a time.

If you could go back and give your first year at Carleton self any advice, what would it be?

Don’t underplay the value of your mental health, you need to respect your body’s signs and definitely stand up for yourself more often!


Amadou Tine ’22

Amadou Tine
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your path to Carleton.

I first got introduced to Carleton through CLAE (Carleton Liberals Arts Experience) as a sophomore in high school and it was such a great experience! So after CLAE I visited Carleton again during my senior year and I enjoyed seeing what the campus had to offer during fall term. From that point I knew Carleton was the right fit for me.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

In 5 years I see myself in a new city around new people solving new problems.

What has been your favorite Carleton class so far?

My favorite class so far was Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The class was taught by Bruce Dalgaard who was one of my favorite professors. Everything about the class was superb, the chemistry we had with Bruce and the material was just so fascinating!

If you could go back and give your first year at Carleton self any advice, what would it be?

If I could go back and give my first year at Carleton myself any advice it would be to get started on the Economics major earlier than I did. That way I would have completed most of the requirements earlier. Also, I would tell myself to join the basketball team.

What motivated you to join the MCAN Board?

My motivation for joining the MCAN Board was the ability to connect with more Alumni from Carleton so I could personally connect with them and make it easier for my peers to do the same as well.

What is currently on your playlist?

Currently I have Switch it up by Proteje and Koffee on repeat, but besides that I listen to rap artists like Future and G herbo to name a few.

In what ways are you excited about connecting with alumni?

I am excited to learn more about their post-Carleton journeys and what lessons they learned along the way.

Have you learned anything about yourself during the Covid-19 pandemic that you would be willing to share?

One thing I learned about myself is that I enjoy my own company more than I thought I did before. Nowadays I find myself in my room a lot either listening to music or playing video games.