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Kelsey Parsons '13

  • Kelsey's favorite places include The Bald Spot, The Arb (Cowling Arboretum) and The Cannon River.
  • Myers Hall
    Kelsey lives in Myers Hall.
  • Students letting loose during the Silent Dance Party
    Kelsey participates in Silent Dance Party.
  • Q: How would you describe campus life at Carleton?
    A: Life at Carleton is filled with options and opportunities. No matter what your interests, there are groups, clubs, or events for you on campus. Students can get involved in politics, sports, social activism, radio broadcasting, you name it. People tend to be pretty busy, but definitely in a good way.
  • Q: What are your interests & hobbies?
    A: I absolutely love sports and exercise, so I'm outside quite a bit. When it's warm out, I play a lot of Frisbee and football. In the winter, I really enjoy cross-country skiing. I am also a die-hard Twins fan, so I spend a lot of time watching their games in the spring. I am also interested in art, specifically ceramics, and I enjoy reading about new artists and viewing their work.
  • Q: What’s been your hardest class?
    A: My hardest class so far was American Social History with Harry Williams. I took it as a freshman, and I'd never been exposed to the rigor or high-level thinking that Professor Williams expected of us. I learned to challenge myself to think critically. I was also inspired to truly commit to my academics.
  • Q: Why did you choose Carleton?
    A: From the first time I stepped on campus, I felt comfortable and at home. The people are friendly and engaging, the campus is beautiful, and it provides an excellent education. I don't think I can point to one thing that made me come to Carleton--my instincts told me it was right.
  • Q: Did you visit Carleton before applying?
    A: I visited the campus twice and stayed overnight once. I stayed on a Sunday night, and I definitely got a taste of a typical day in the life of a Carleton student. My host, Dana, had to meet with a group to study for a Bio test. Meanwhile, her roommate spent several hours working on an English paper that she couldn't get just quite right. At the same time, several of their floormates watched a movie while finishing homework in the lounge. I didn't know it at the time, but this was exactly how most Sunday nights at Carleton would be for me.
  • Q: How would you describe academic life at Carleton?
    A: We work hard for our weekends.
  • Q: What's the most important thing you've learned at Carleton OUTSIDE the classroom?
    A: I think I've learned to be a much more open person. Carleton has students with very diverse personalities. During my time here, I've gotten to know lots of people that I never would have crossed paths with at home. I've had to learn to get along and work with all sorts of people.

Kelsey’s Places

  • Myers Hall

    Kelsey lives in Myers Hall

    Myers Hall is a four-story dormitory on the east side of campus.

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  • The Bald Spot

    Kelsey likes The Bald Spot

    The Bald Spot may be treeless, but it's rarely empty. This grassy expanse in the middle of campus sees a constant stream of activity: Frisbee games, al fresco studying and picnics in spring, broomball in winter, huge campus gatherings for Commencement and Reunion.

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  • The Arboretum

    Kelsey likes The Arb (Cowling Arboretum)

    The Arboretum (known affectionately as "The Arb") consists of 880 acres of prairie and woodland purchased by Carleton president Donald J. Cowling back in the 1920s. Students enjoy its jogging, biking, and skiing trails and biology classes use it for field research.

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  • The Cannon River in downtown Northfield

    Kelsey likes The Cannon River

    The Cannon River flows through historic downtown Northfield, past the Carleton campus, and through Carleton's 880-acre arboreteum.

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