Carleton College students expect to be busy on the eve of final exams, of course, but not just in the predictable way. At 10 p.m., Carls all over campus open their windows and scream at the top of their lungs. Soon after that, they'll be noiselessly dancing on tables – wearing headphones – in Gould Library and enjoying a late-night breakfast served up by the college's deans in one of the dining halls.
These are just a few of the traditions that provide students at the private liberal arts college with a break from the books. Carleton College students are "extremely high achievers" but for the most part "we don't take ourselves too seriously," says Becca Giles, a recent history grad from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. [...]
But if undergrads need to slow down and take a break, they can head to the Dacie Moses House to bake cookies or just to relax. The house, the former residence of a longtime Carleton employee who used to host students in her home for meals and games, is stocked with the necessary baking supplies.