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  • I’m not “quirky”

    Seeing OCD as “quirky” and part of the “manic pixie dream girl” package, seeing people with Bipolar disorder as unstable, or seeing people with depression as lazy, but luckily creative, dismisses the seriousness of these disorders.

  • The modern reaction to violence: Have you seen this?

    As a culture, we need to stop desensitizing ourselves to violence and remind each other that we are all human, not replaceable. We can’t let our desire for the most popular video, for the most views, to compromise our humanity and the dignity of others.

  • Exile of hyperawareness

    The boon of our information age is our greater capability to be hyper-aware. We can now know much more about a single event or person than before. We can be mentally on our toes on everything that affects everyone, and make the connections that make understanding possible.

  • Eating for one...eternally

    We are largely obsessed with the future; what’s coming up in our lives, how Carleton will help us reach our goals, and how there’s no possible way anything could slow us down from reaching these goals. Kids are just not part of the immediate future for me.

  • Suburban quirk

    I’ve found that the relative isolation of Northfield serves also to strengthen Carleton’s campus and provide it with its own individual identity.

  • Magical Microcosm or a Small Town Struggle

    Carleton is a meaningful not because or despite of being in Rice County, Minnesota, but because of the network of friends and community this place engenders in your life. Place is important; people are infinitely more so.

  • The close-mindedness of Carleton

    Carleton students are close-minded and lack an ability to listen to conservative perspectives. The prototypical Carleton student is democratic, pro-environment, pro-choice, and against all forms of establishment. If you are not a democrat you will be ostracized and looked at like a crazy person.

  • Politics: Doing it Right

    If we go through our time at Carleton without having open conversations, it would be a betrayal of the liberal arts ethos of this institution.

  • I wish could admit it, I believe in God

    I’ve spent so much time trying to understand why Carleton is, at times, anti-religion. I am not irrational because I am religious. I have faith not because I feel the need to explain everything or because I do not believe that science dictates certain features in our world.

  • Making the most of hypocrisy

    Sometimes we act as if being self-aware solves the problem. Just because we’ve identified an inconsistency between our beliefs and actions does not mean we are better people for it. Recognition is not a solution.

  • Caring, but not caring enough

    Carls are "slactivists," people who talk a lot about cultural issues like gender inequality but don’t care enough to make an actual difference or change their lives for an impact.

  • Making peace with hypocrisy?

    Sometimes, life can be a beautiful mess of contradictions. But if you live two different lives, flipping back and forth between your ideals and how you actually act, life can be difficult.