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.