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Student-Athlete Profile: Cole Rystedt '14

Sunday, August 4, 2013

What made you want to come to Carleton?

I chose Carleton not only because of family that had previously attended, but because of the atmosphere and environment I know Carleton has. Carleton's combination of acceptance and love for every individual, and a hard work ethic are ultimately what allowed me to see myself there for four years.

What have been some of the differences between college and high school sports?

One of the main differences between college and high school sports is definitely the level of competition that exists. You are constantly being challenged at a greater level by teammates and coaches as well as the opponent, and as a result I think the camaraderie that exists between teammates on an intercollegiate team is really something that cannot be achieved at a high school level.

How do you balance everything you do at Carleton?

The simple answer to balancing academics, sports, and other activities is to have a schedule and agenda that you can easily fall into everyday that keeps you moving and doesn't provide you with too many distractions. I think many student-athletes will agree with me when I say that some of my best trimesters in terms of grades are the ones that I have at the same time as my sports season because there is not a whole lot of room or time in my schedule for slacking off or distractions. In reality, I've found that under rare circumstances academics and sports may run into a time conflict, but this is never a problem as coaches are always understanding and respectful of your priorities as a student-athlete.

What is a regular day like for you during your season?

A regular day for me during my season usually consists of classes and meetings with professors until practice in the afternoon. After practice and team meetings I'll usually eat dinner with the whole team, and get started on homework and extracurricular activities for the night shortly after that.

What are some of your team's traditions?

Our team has a lot of fun traditions, but some of my favorites are singing the alma mater after victories, the annual trophy games we have against St. Olaf and Macalester for the "Goat Trophy" and the "Book of Knowledge," and of course, Enrique Fridays in which the whole team blasts Enrique Iglesias tunes in the team locker room.

What are some of your favorite moments from playing football at Carleton?

I would say my two favorite moments from playing football at Carleton would have to be beating Macalester at Macalester in overtime for the ninth consecutive year of having the Book of Knowledge, and beating Grinnell at Grinnell in overtime the following year for the season opener.

What is your favorite thing about Carleton?

My favorite thing about Carleton is without a doubt the people, students and staff alike. Everyone is so incredibly unique and interesting, and shares the same passion for learning that I do. Also, everyone genuinely cares about each other and holds the interests of others to the same standards as their own.

What would you tell a high school student-athlete considering Carleton?

I would like to say to any high school student-athlete considering Carleton that I too have been in your position determining which school would provide to both my academic and athletic needs, and I can honestly say that Carleton has done an exceptional job in doing both. It is a beautiful institution with a bright environment for learning and even brighter people, and I am incredibly happy with the decision I made in coming to Carleton.