As our two weeks of spring break wound down to a close, yesterday the director of Student Financial Services and Associate Dean of Admissions, Rod Oto, took me and the other two kids from Hawaii who were on campus out to the Spam Museum in Austin, MN. Appropriate:
Hawaii is the state with the highest per capita consumption of spam (the luncheon meat made of pork), but its birthplace is Austin, Minnesota, about an hour south of Northfield. There's a free museum near the Hormel Foods plant there that houses everything anyone could ever wonder about spam in relation to American history--its inception, evolution, production, and advertising. Not the most exciting topic in the world, but being in a rural state like Minnesota certainly made me think more about where my food comes from and who makes it. We must have missed a lot though because we failed the Spam Exam (6/10).
Good thing school isn't in session.
Not to mention that in the time Ryan took to make one can of spam (19 seconds), the Austin plant could have finished 133 cans. Frightening!
These dorks love Hawaii more than anyone, so they were having an incredibly good time. (Pat (left), who's from Thailand, went to boarding school on the Big Island, and Ryan lives on the opposite side of Oahu from me.)
Then, because we were starving after hearing about nothing but luncheon meat, we went to Culver's and Mr. Oto treated me to a spamburger.
Not as good as the spam musubis from back home, but it was something.
I’d spent spring break working on applications for summer jobs and on-campus jobs for next year, so it was nice to have a break from that kind of work. Just goes to show that at Carleton, even high-ranking administrators truly do care about how students are doing and go above and beyond their official job capacities for us students.