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| I loved Carleton and I am very glad I went there. I was on the fence before I choose to go, but it is not a decision I regret at all. It's not perfect, but no place is. |
Things to consider before you choose to go here are that, yes Northfield is a very small town, and as a result, there is not much to do in town on the weekend. It is not a party culture school. Small parties predominate, which I preferred, but that is not for everyone. I think my major criticism is that it is not a very diverse school, which mostly results from it being in a small town in the mid west. I am latina, and I still loved the school. People are tolerant and overall very nice and friendly, but it can be isolating. Sadly, the most intolerance I found was within the tiny latino community at Carleton rather than Carleton at large. Things may have changed, but when I was there they were more focused on excluding what they called "fake" latinos, who didn't fit their idea of a real latino (what ever that is) than building a supportive community that celebrates our cultural and ethnic/racial diversity.
Otherwise, the professors are fantastic, and people are overall friendly. When ever I had a question, I always felt comfortable asking for help from my professor and they were all super willing to meet one on one to go over things I was struggling with. Studio Art profs can be a bit harder to get a hold of outside of office hours or class time since most of them commute from the cities, but I found class critiques helpful and informative and not designed to break you down or force you to make art like the professors work. I only regret that I took the minimum of art history credits instead of taking advantage of the excellent art history department that does offer a surprising range of very focused classes for such a small department. I also wish I had taken more geology... that is another fantastic department at Carleton.
For freshmen I would highly recommend playing an intermural sport, there are tons of them (not just frisbee, which is the most popular) and they are all fun and nice stress relievers and a good way to meet people other than your those in your dorm. All in all, I loved Carleton and I am very proud I went there and I would definitely recommend it.
|Aug 27 2010|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2004 |
| I think my degree from Carleton really helped me get into law school (BU). Also, I am very happy at this law school and I chose it in part because I had such a good experience at Carleton and both schools have great, student-centered faculty. Carleton was a great growing experience for me. The only negative is the location in a small town. If you really feel you must live in a city, you will probably not be happy at Carleton.For HS students looking into colleges, choose one which suits your personality. And, more importantly, if you don't enjoy the school you do choose, first try to change your perspectiive and attitude, but if that doesn;t help, transfer. There is no reason to be unhappy for years of your life. |
| Starting Job: coin room manager, regional vending company, Preparedness: B+, Reputation: B |
|Jun 24 2005|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |