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Asim Manizada '13

  • Q: What's been your experience with roommates?
    A: I had a great experience after getting matched up with roommates my freshman year. I asked to be placed in a triple with really different people, and ended up sharing the room with a liberal and a conservative guy. I think it was a great experience because we all learned a lot from each other, and benefited from our differences.
  • Q: What other schools did you seriously consider?
    A: Northwestern, Emory, Vanderbilt, Colgate.
  • Q: Why did you choose Carleton?
    A: It came down to a very generous financial aid offer, strength of the mathematics and economics departments, and a positive campus climate.
  • Q: How would you describe academic life at Carleton?
    A: Very challenging (in the best way possible). I do not like to characterize it as hard because I am afraid that it sends out the wrong message... Professors here are not going to give you an easy pass, but this will be manifested through intellectually stimulating assignments -- not busywork. This characteristic makes virtually all of the classes enjoyable.
  • Q: What academic question are you currently struggling with?
    A: How can one find an excellent Shannon code once it's proven that such code exists? Something we are trying to do in our Coding Theory & Cryptography class; apparently it's the subject of the contemporary research in coding theory!
  • Q: "You know you’re at Carleton when..."
    A: You know you're at Carleton when someone who has an 8:30 a.m class is staying up with you until 3 a.m. to help you with work -- definitely happened to me on more than one occasion!
  • Q: Did financial aid influence your college decision?
    A: My family and I are and will be forever grateful to Carleton for what the school did for us. The college is really dedicated to providing education to people of all socio-economic backgrounds, and I think this was reflected in my financial aid award.
  • Q: What’s been your most interesting assignment?
    A: In Social and Political Philosophy, we were asked to analyze some works of one of the leading contemporary libertarian philosophers (Robert Nozick) and write a paper that offered a sensible criticism of his views. This assignment felt very empowering -- after all, we were essentially arguing with someone who devoted their whole life to this topic! Our professor made sure to emphasize that the validity of our opinions rested on how logically sound they were -- not on our status within the academia.
  • Q: How would you describe the students at Carleton?
    A: It's hard to characterize the student body. I think it would be pretty accurate to say that a majority of the people are quite serious about academics and that the population is friendly and receptive.

Asim’s Places

  • Sayles-Hill Campus Center

    Asim likes Sayles Hill Campus Center

    Sayles is the heart of student life on campus. It contains the post office, career center, bookstore, and the snack bar, a good place to grab a sandwich. Many Carleton social events take place in the Great Space just outside of the snack bar.

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  • Goodbye Blue Monday

    Asim likes Goodbye Blue Monday

    Goodbye Blue Monday is a coffee shop on Division Street in downtown Northfield. It's a great place to study because there's free wireless and coffee close at hand. There's also funky art on the walls and hot cider served in the winter.

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  • Hogan Brothers acoustic cafe

    Asim likes Hogan Brothers' Acoustic Cafe

    Hogan Brothers on Division Street is famous for its hoagie sandwiches with secret-recipe dressing. Stop by in the summer for an ice cream cone, on a cold winter's day for soup and sandwiches, or on Acoustic Night to hear local bands.

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