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Deciding on Carleton

The other day, on Facebook, Carleton College asked, "Alums and current students, why did you decide to come to Carleton?" This morning I woke up dreaming about the answer. I was coming from New York City, a place full of energy and distraction, and when I visited Carleton in Northfield, Minnesota I found a peaceful place - limited, but in a good way, providing mental space that I immediately knew I could fill with learning and personal growth. It all came true for me - it was the perfect place to go to college. Over the past 26 years, Northfield has grown a bit away from being that quiet place, and the Internet seems to fill every mental gap - so I wonder if I would feel the same if I was 17 again and visiting Carleton for the first time now. I still do love the town and college, and once the weather warms up a bit more I think it's time for a visit.



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l_ash
Apr. 16th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
I can remember talking, when you visited and decided upon Carleton (I was so happy for you, although I knew that we'd be at a distance, and probably for several years) regarding the entry about Betsey (even tho' there wasn't a comment space), I can remember her also
memories resonate w/me, also; it's part of why I'm so glad to be in touch with so many people in my life, albeit online or otherwise (no Luddite~ism here..)
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