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Marlena Hartman-Filson '13

  • CANOE House
    Marlena lives in CANOE House (Chaney House).
  • Q: Which student organizations have you joined?
    A: Adopt-a-Grandparent, Special Olympics, CANOE, Alpine Ski Club, Carleton Democrats.
  • Q: How would you describe campus life at Carleton?
    A: Life at Carleton is busy busy busy! I have come to understand that a unique characteristic of the Carleton life is perpetually wishing for a few more hours in a day. It's a constant balancing act of classes, work, friends, athletics, extracurriculars and adventure.
    Tags: Balance
  • Q: "You know you’re at Carleton when..."
    A: ...you predict the fate of your day when you go outside in the morning for the first time and smell either Malt-O-Meal or turkey farm.
  • Q: What’s been your most interesting assignment?
    A: Last winter, I was in a Community Organizing class with a visiting professor in the Political Science department. As a class, we did term-long, in-depth research and analysis of the political activism and community organizing involved in the proposal and ultimate construction of a megadairy in Ripley Township, about an hour and a half away from campus. We sifted through boxes upon boxes of state and legal documents, newspaper articles, and town meeting minutes. We researched the dairy industry in Minnesota, the Midwest and beyond, and the effects of the rise of the megadairies in America. I conducted interviews with local leaders, and ended up becoming deeply involved in the tensions and debates and factions within Ripley Township. In the end, it was no longer about the assigned project; it was about developing interpersonal connections with people with whom I had very little in common, understanding real reactions to issues by placing myself in another person's shoes, and finding humanity in polarizing situations.
  • Q: Why, out of all the other places to attend, should I choose Carleton?
    A: I chose Carleton quite simply because of how comfortable I felt on campus, around both other students and professors. I liked the daring location of the school as well - most of my friends were splitting to schools on either the West or East coast, but the idea of a small town in Minnesota intrigued me.
  • Q: How would you describe academic life at Carleton?
    A: Academics at Carleton are rigorous - there's no way of getting around that. Professors expect you to have not only completed the assignments, but put a good bit of thought into them too. Although it takes a little extra time, the reward of interesting, intellectual classroom discussions makes the extra work well worth the effort.
  • Q: Which Carleton classes have been your favorites? Why?
    A: I am currently enrolled in African American History II with Professor Harry Williams and each day I am surprised by the depth of honest conversation we have. This is not the "Race in the U.S." class I took in high school, where the majority of class time was spent watching Spike Lee films. This class is demanding, both as far as class discussions and outside work, but I absolutely love it. It's fun to be challenged to think critically in a group, and Professor Williams demands respect in the form of participation and engagement.
  • Q: Did you visit Carleton before applying?
    A: My overnight stay on campus is what sealed the deal for me. I visited in January of February of my Junior year in high school, and I remember it was -17° with a -35° windchill on my tour (I was wearing jeans, a sweatshirt and a stocking hat). I spent two nights with soccer players and attended various classes and I was content. I thought, "Hey, if I'm this happy to be here and it's almost 'To Build A Fire' cold, this must be a really great place." And that was that.
  • Q: How would you describe the students at Carleton?
    A: Imagine your friend's adventurous aunt just returned from an archeological dig. One night, she prepares a dish for you from the region she was stationed in. It's warm and it smells kinda good, but it's lumpy and the predominant spice is unfamiliar to you. Do you try it? (Good fit for Carleton.) Do you scrunch your nose and push it away? (Not such a good fit for Carleton.) Do you not eat it, but make it into a miniature replica of the city of Pompeii? (Good fit for Carleton.)
  • Marlena Hartman-Filson '13
    Marlena Hartman-Filson '13
  • Marlena Hartman-Filson '13
    Marlena Hartman-Filson '13

Marlena’s Places

  • CANOE House

    Marlena lives in CANOE House (Chaney House)

    CANOE House is a special-interest house for students who appreciate and actively explore the outdoors.

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