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Todd Campbell Jr. '16

  • Davis Hall
    Todd lives in Davis Hall.
  • Members of the Black Student Alliance (BSA)
    Todd participates in The Black Student Alliance (BSA).
  • Q: What has been your biggest adjustment since coming to campus?
    A: I'm a city boy, but I think sometimes you need a break from the city. It's nice to sit outside and look at the stars. I know some of my friends think differently. They're like, 'What are you doing out in the cornfields?' But being here, even though Carleton is so fast paced, is a nice escape. When you have time to enjoy it, you can really relax.
  • Q: What surprised you about Carleton?
    A: I have always been religious and active, but I wasn't as aware of other religions until coming to Carleton. I wasn't as close to people outside my faith, and really, growing up didn't know anyone outside the Christian faith. Coming to Carleton exposed me to how they express themselves, to see the similarities and differences. It was the first time I got to see any of that.
  • Q: How would you describe academic life at Carleton?
    A: Academic life is very rigorous. I mean, academics here pulled me out of my comfort zone. My high school didn't quite prepare me for Carleton, so I came in thinking that I had to run three times faster than my peers. I was running as soon as I got here. But there's also a support system here that I've taken advantage of, and it's helped a lot -- whether it's the math center or the writing center, going to the Dean and talking. There are so many options and such a closeness that you can develop with people here. Even the professors, you know, they have office hours where you can just stop by and chat, or they'll even invite you to their home for dinner. And those relationships pour over into class and allow learning to be a lot easier, a lot more fun.
  • Q: What do you enjoy most about life at Carleton?
    A: My initial impression when I came here was, 'What have I gotten myself into?' I come from an Evangelical Christian family. And Carleton is very different from that. There's no specific religion affiliated with campus and a lot of students here aren't religious. So that challenges my faith. But I feel like it's a good thing, and that I've grown in my faith because of that. People who don't believe what I believe, they ask questions and challenge that part of me, so I start to develop questions that I haven't thought about before. We may not always agree, but my peers are willing to step into the conversation. I think that builds my faith even more.
  • Q: Any advice for high school students on their college search?
    A: Don't turn Carleton down after the first view, and don't accept it, either. Dive into the process. See what Carleton has to offer. Do it a second time and a third time, because there will always be something at Carleton that you'll find later, and you'll just think, 'Wow, that's great.' I think you really have to ask yourself what you want out of a college, and then dig deeper. Call students. Call alumni. Ask them questions. There are so many hidden things. I think you have to search a little bit to know what you want.
  • Q: What has been your favorite class? Favorite project?
    A: For winter break, I went to Amsterdam to study Black Dutch heritage and the role Christianity plays within African immigrant communities. I'm putting a paper together and poster board for that trip, hashing out all the research. It's a huge part of who I am -- Christianity and being African-American. So to be able to go somewhere else and study how blacks in the past are living with religion, that's pretty cool.
  • Q: Why did you choose Carleton?
    A: I'm a Posse scholar, here on a full-tuition scholarship. It was originally between Carleton and Wheaton College, which are two very different campuses. For me, it was more of a faith thing. I felt like God was calling me to Carleton. That this was the place I needed to be. Ever since then, I've grown a lot and done a lot at Carleton that I wouldn't have been able to do anywhere else.
Todd Campbell Jr. '16

Todd Campbell Jr. '16

Todd’s Places

  • Davis Hall

    Todd lives in Davis Hall

    Davis Hall is one of the west campus residence halls. Upper floors enjoy a great view of the Bald Spot and the Chapel. It is a part of the "complex" that links Burton Hall, Sevy Hall and Sayles-Hill.

  • Weitz Center for Creativity

    Todd likes Weitz Center for Creativity

    This building served as Northfield's high school and later its middle school until it was purchased by Carleton in 2006 for use as a multifaceted arts facility. Initially named The Arts Union, it was renamed to reflect the generosity of its biggest donor.

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  • Skinner Memorial Chapel

    Todd likes Skinner Memorial Chapel

    The Chapel is the heart of religious and spiritual life at Carleton, serving as a place of worship and interfaith dialogue for both campus and community. In a typical week, the chapel may host a centering prayer and meditation, a Torah study group, a Christian vespers service, Buddhist meditation, a Labyrinth walk, and an interfaith social justice meeting.

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  • Leighton Hall

    Todd likes Leighton Hall

    Leighton Hall is a multipurpose building that includes classrooms, academic departments, the Business Office and Off-Campus Studies. It was originally built as the Leighton Hall of Chemistry, an inscription that remains on the building today.

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