anonymous asked:

I don't know if you are still answering Carleton related questions, but I thought I'd ask. Is Carleton academically demanding? I'm looking for a school that will be a challenge for me, and I love the atmosphere of Carleton from what I've learned so far. However, as far as academic difficulty, I've gotten mixed reviews. What are the classes like and what sort of structure does a typical schedule have?

Of course I am still answering Carleton questions!  I am a rising senior, after all…to be honest, I’ll probably still be answering Carleton questions after I graduate…

Is Carleton academically demanding?  Well, to put it simply, YES.  Carleton is extremely academically rigorous.  A lot of effort goes into maintaining good grades.  This includes attending classes, doing outside work (readings and written work alike), and actually engaging with the subject.

If you are looking for a challenge, Carleton definitely has it for you.  The ‘challenges’ I’ve encountered have all been fun hell, if that makes any sense.  Something another one of my friends chipped in just now that should be mentioned is that the academic workload is what you make it.  If you want to make straight A’s, you will be working from here to the moon every night.  If you want to do well in school but are okay with, well, not getting straight A’s, you will be working for a few hours every day.  This method leaves room for fun stuff, like all of the extracurriculars Carleton has to offer.  Doing well at Carleton is very much a balance between time you’d like to dedicate to academics versus time you’d like to spend socializing and participating in non-academic activities.

The classes vary, but something that the majority of them have in common is that they are all very small.  Each class normally has 25 students or less in it.  The professors engage with you directly and genuinely want you to learn.  They push you to do your best.

A typical schedule for a Carl is normally very busy.  My days consist of going to my work-study job, going to class, doing a bit of homework every night, and then going to whatever extracurricular I have that night (I have a lot of them).  This is typical for many Carls, but not all.  Some people don’t have work-study jobs.  Some don’t do their work (bad ideas).  Some don’t really do that whole extracurricular thing.  Whatever you choose to do is what makes your schedule what it is.  

Please, feel free to ask more questions.  I love this school and will happily answer, give or take a few days. :)

Story Of Cole Younger

Story Of Cole Younger
Born near Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Thomas Coleman (“Cole”) Younger (1844-1916) rode with William Clarke Quantrill’s Confederate raiders during the Civil War, participating in many daring and bloody exploits, including the infamous Lawrence, Kansas, massacre of 1863. Following the war, Younger continued his celebrated career as a desperado, robbing banks and trains with Jesse James and other members of the James-Younger gang. A fateful attempt in 1876 on the Northfield, Minnesota, bank sent Cole to the state prison in Stillwater, Minnesota for decades. There he became a model resident, helping both to protect women convicts during a fire and found the Prison Mirror, a newspaper intended to shed “a ray of light upon the lives of those behind the bars.” Paroled in 1901, Younger successfully sought a pardon, operated a Wild West show with his old comrade Frank James, and lectured on “What My Life Has Taught Me.”

anonymous asked:

Hey I've got a Carleton question! (You're talking about the university in Minnesota, right?) Anyways, I'll regress here, but how do the courses compare to regular universities in difficulty? Is it much more rigorous, or fairly similar? Thanks for your time x

Hello young prospective student!

Sorry for not answering sooner; things have been absolutely crazy here in the north.  I finished my finals, started working my full time job at Carleton, and then had to work reunion weekend (the one weekend out of the entire year when alumni flood campus and crazy shit goes down).  Yes, I’ve been quite busy.

First off: Yes, I am talking about Carleton College, the liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota.  It’s not a university (thank God), but it is rather well known for it’s size and demands much from it’s hard-working students.

I’ve taken a few courses outside of Carleton (mostly in high school), and I can honestly say that Carleton demands more than larger schools.  The fact that you get a professor for a classroom of 20 or so kids who works personally with you and pushes you to do your best has a lot to do with it.  Carleton prides itself on being the best in undergraduate teaching in the nation, and strives to keep that record (although last year we lost our first place bid to Davidson, another very good school).

So, short answer, yes, it is much more rigorous here than at larger schools.  However, your time here at Carleton is what you make it.  If you choose to relax a bit and make academics less of a priority, you’ll make B’s.  If you really work at a class (say, maybe, you love the subject and the work for it is genuinely fun), you’ll make A’s.  A’s here have to be earned, regardless of the class.

Feel free to ask more questions if you’d like!  Sorry for the hella delay :/

Grad Rates on the Rise

“It takes a village to raise children.” How many times does one hear that phrase in a lifetime? Imagine raising a successful individual without the support of friends, family and acquaintances along the way to offer their advice and expertise. Think about it for a minute. Northfield, Minnesota figured out just how important caring adults can be in the lives of youth, so they set up Northfield Promise, a Healthy Community Initiative (HCI).

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Trio Da Kali with Cherif Keita

In an effort to overcome the winter blues I went to see Trio Da Kali British Library this evening.

Trio Da Kali is a group of musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots. The Trio performed a number of songs in the first half and accompanied a telling of the story of Sundiata, the greatest king of 13th- century Mali, by Chérif Keïta in the second half. The story tells how Sundiata Keita, the sickly child of a Mandinka warrior, grew up to defeat a brutal oppressor and unify his people bringing peace to the large Empire. Chérif Keïta, is not only Professor of French and Francophone Cultures at Carleton College, Northfields, Minnesota, an expert in the culture of his native Mali but also a descendant of Sundiata Keita, who better to tell the story than him. It is so nice that he is carrying on the griot tradition in keeping his ancestors story alive a time when many are too keen to disassociate themselves with their tradition.

Formed of voice, ngoni and balafon, the singer Hawa Kasse Mady Diabaté, daughter of legendary Kasse Mady Diabaté, has such a soothing voice that goes straight to the soul. Her soaring vocals were accompanied by the balafon played by the skilful Lassana Diabaté, formerly of Afrocubism and Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra, and one of Mali’s most astonishing players. And not to be outdone was the youngest member of the trio bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté - the son of world-renowned Bassekou Kouyaté. The trio were passionate, entertaining whilst sometimes playful with the odd “hmmm” or word added here and there during the instrumental sections. Chérif Keïta, was charismatic and with good reason very proud to be performing with the trio. He is not only Professor of French and Francophone Cultures at Carleton College, Northfields, Minnesota, but also a descendant of Sundiata Keita. Who better to tell the story than him? It is so nice that he is carrying on the griot tradition and keeping the memory of his ancestors alive a time when many are too keen to disassociate themselves with their traditions and past.

It would have been a perfect evening but for two minor distractions. Firstly rather rude couple, with empty seats on either side of them, caused a bit of a stir when they refused to move down when asked to, so as to make space for another couple who had arrived late. Two other people sitting close to them shuffled around and created two seats so the late couple could sit together. There is hope for humanity yet.

Secondly, just as the trio were rounding off their final song there was a call asking if there was a doctor in the house. When I turned around I saw a young lady leaping over a seat to attend to another who appeared to be having a fit. It was a rather sombre way to end what was otherwise a lovely evening.

Next, West Africa: Word, Symbol and Song exhibition. Watch this space.