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Marielle Foster '16

  • Q: Why did you choose Carleton?
    A: Carleton hits the beautiful balance between intense learning and spontaneous, eclectic fun that creates a very positive, supportive and respectful community.
  • Q: What other schools did you seriously consider?
    A: Pomona, Brown, University of Minnesota and University of Chicago.
  • Q: What are your interests & hobbies?
    A: I play Frisbee pretty casually, salsa dance, do performance slam poetry, do tae kwon do and boxing, and love puzzles and games. I also love learning languages, and speak French and Spanish and little bits of Hindi and Portuguese.
  • Q: What's the most important thing you've learned at Carleton OUTSIDE the classroom?
    A: Giving yourself permission to try things is the most important step to doing really cool and satisfying projects, and meeting wildly different and fun people. At Carleton there have been a couple upperclassmen who really took me under their wing and introduced me to activities and people I wouldn't have met otherwise, and have really enriched my experience exponentially.
  • Q: What’s your favorite place on campus? Why?
    A: The Arb is the best place on campus by far. Having so much outdoors nearby is such a needed break from buildings and I've made some of my best friendships walking through the arb, having discussions ranging from deep to plain goofy.
  • Q: Any advice for high school students on their college search?
    A: It's hard to have perspective in those years, because high school is a quintessential bubble. Think about the academics, the level of interactions with professors, how kind and helpful people are when you visit. When I visited Carleton, everyone stopped to give me directions, share anecdotes or make suggestions about things I should try. That sort of welcoming and inclusive attitude is rare, and special. Also, taking a year off was the best decision I made before coming to college.
  • Q: How would you describe academic life at Carleton?
    A: Intense, fast, and fulfilling. The school does a great job helping people blow off steam, whether that is through petting puppies or having a silent dance party during finals week, or bringing giant bouncy houses indoors for us to play in during the dead of winter.
  • Q: What would surprise your high school friends about you now?
    A: My friends from high school would have uniformly bet money on me being an English major. I still write creative work an hour or two everyday but have found the most fun and excitement in the Math, Physics and CS departments, and even manage to combine poetry and science.
  • Q: What surprised you about Carleton?
    A: How welcoming and mature people are here. The drama is very low key, and people are generally assertive about confrontations.
  • Q: How would you describe the students at Carleton?
    A: Inclusive, respectful, eclectic and slightly idiosyncratic people who didn't necessarily click in high school tend to bloom here. There is a niche for everyone, and the most wonderful thing is to meet people who combine very different social circles and activities.
  • Q: How would you describe campus life at Carleton?
    A: Life at Carleton: Like a long term sleepover with your best friends, always adventures to be had, academically, socially, personally.
  • Marielle Foster '16
    Marielle Foster '16
  • Marielle Foster '16
    Marielle Foster '16

Marielle’s Places

  • The Arboretum

    Marielle likes The Arb (Cowling Arboretum)

    “The Arb is the best place on campus by far. Having so much outdoors nearby is such a needed break from buildings and I've made some of my best friendships walking through the arb, having discussions ranging from deep to plain goofy.”

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