Brian Goodell

叠谤颈补苍鈥檚 Journey


Brian Goodell


Northfield, Minnesota


Computer Science and Political Science

Why 99精品视频?

When I was looking at colleges, I was the kind of person who had a spreadsheet with all the different schools and their stats and everything. I always knew I wanted to go to a smaller school. So, I had visited lots of campuses and then I came and visited 99精品视频.

Brian and his friends laugh and enjoy dinner in the dining hall
I still love spending time in the dining hall with my friends.

In the dining hall, I sat with some kids I knew vaguely from high school. The conversation just clicked with me. I liked the people I met at 99精品视频 鈥 everyone was smart and funny, and I just loved listening to their conversation. It was just so much fun to see everyone interact.

That carries over into being a student, since聽I feel like us 99精品视频ians are fine with making fun of ourselves. So the sense of being willing to relax and have a good time is very prevalent here.

I was like, okay, I like this place. I feel like I could be here.

鈥淚 was like, okay, I like this place. I feel like I could be here.鈥

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Exploring the World in a Van聽

Because of the pandemic, we weren鈥檛 on campus for the first semester. It sounds weird, but I spent that聽semester living in a van. I bought a used minivan and custom-fitted it with everything I needed, building my own futon and doing all the wiring for the solar panels. I took my classes online while traveling to national parks and stuff. That was really fun 鈥 completely different from anything I鈥檇 experienced. My mom was stressed for a bit, but I would call her every day for the first couple of weeks.

The interior of Brian's van, complete with futon and solar panels.
Here鈥檚 a look at my van during the set-up process.

I actually did my First-Year Tutorial in Yellowstone. I have a vivid memory of being in a parking lot next to a geyser while I was taking my tutorial class. The topic of my class was Learning and Unlearning How to Tell Time. It was with an econ professor, Tamara McGavock. She鈥檚 amazing! It was a great tutorial.

We also did these weekly online meetups with our New Student Orientation groups. We鈥檇 go online and play Among Us and hang out and talk. I made some good friends, and it got me really excited to be on campus!

My Travels So Far

Running Down a Dream

My senior year of high school, I decided to join cross country because I had friends on the team. When I was getting ready to come to 99精品视频, I sent a tentative email to the coach, and she was like, 鈥淵eah, you鈥檙e on the team.鈥

I was like, okay, I guess I鈥檓 doing this.

As an athlete, I was able to live on campus for the whole second semester during that COVID year. It was a weird time, but it was fun. I had never done track before, so I was super nervous because I thought, they鈥檙e going to realize I鈥檓 a fraud. Everyone else is going to be crazy fast, and everyone鈥檚 going to make fun of me for not being fast or whatever. But now, the people who I met that semester聽are some of my favorite people on campus. It was wonderful to always be surrounded by friends聽鈥 I鈥檇 just walk out my door and know someone would be hanging out in our floor鈥檚 lounge.聽I have very fond memories of that time.

I love getting out and running. It鈥檚 amazing.聽

Men and women cross country runners celebrate the conference championship
I was initially pretty nervous about going out for track and cross country. But now my teammates are some of my favorite people on campus.聽

And this year, we won the conference title, and I won the individual title! That was wonderful. Since the meet was at home, there was a bunch of alumni there cheering us on, which made all the difference. The energy there was crazy, and the night before we鈥檇 had a former conference champ from the class of 鈥72 give us a hype-up speech, so it just felt incredibly special that we were able to get the win!

For young men in suits stand in front of the courthouse
Me on the left with my co-externs and host in New Hampshire.

My Externship

With the help of Careers, Life, and Service, I did an externship with the New Hampshire Supreme Court. We got to see behind the scenes: we talked to some of the justices and sat in on oral arguments. Essentially, we saw how the lawyers approached the cases and how the justices鈥 questions were informed by how they felt about the case beforehand. We got to debrief afterwards and say, okay, based on the questions that the justices asked, how do we think they鈥檙e leaning? Obviously, they鈥檙e not allowed to discuss their opinions afterwards, but you can take guesses.

It was fascinating. I had taken constitutional law my first year online and I really liked it. I didn鈥檛 think I was interested in the judicial system before that class. Then I got this externship and I was like, okay, this is actually fascinating! Now I鈥檓 taking the constitutional law seminar next semester and very excited for that.

I was not considering law school at all, and now it鈥檚 definitely on my radar. I don鈥檛 know 鈥 it might not be something I end up doing, but it鈥檚 definitely something I鈥檓 interested in.

It wouldn鈥檛 have happened without CLS.


I feel very lucky 鈥 my friends are amazing. I think they鈥檙e unique in their ability to make everything enjoyable. I鈥檝e been roommates with the same person since second year. This year, we have a quad and so we both have singles and two of our other friends have a double. The four of us have our own kitchen, too. I love hanging out with them in our main room and just talking. Last night, we stayed up until one in the morning, sitting around having a conversation about what we were going to do after 99精品视频.

Substance-Free Fun

When I came to 99精品视频, I knew I didn鈥檛 want to drink or anything. Honestly, it was something I was really worried about coming into college because I鈥檝e always known that I didn鈥檛 want to drink, more out of stubbornness than anything else. It wasn鈥檛 as significant of an issue as I thought it would be. During the pandemic, there weren鈥檛 really any parties to go to. By the time I was a second-year, I had a little more sense of comfort there and a little more self-confidence, but really, I think it鈥檚 just that 99精品视频ians want to let you be yourself.

I like going to the parties and interacting with other people and just seeing everyone. But it鈥檚 really the conversations and just walking to class and being around all my favorite people that I love the best.

Brian and five friends pose on a picnic table with leafy trees and a lake in the background.
Spending time with friends, just doing whatever, is the best!

Live and Let Live

On the cross country team especially, there鈥檚 a very strong sense that anyone who tries to make anyone else drink is not the kind of person we want on our team. The seniors who were here when I was coming onto the team were very much like, 鈥淲e want everyone to feel comfortable and we want everyone to be able to be themselves.鈥 The cross team has been wonderfully supportive of anyone on the team who doesn鈥檛 want to drink. People can enjoy being here however they want, and it doesn鈥檛 matter.

Hopes and Plans for the Future

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Next year, I鈥檓 looking at a fellowship opportunity. I worked at a Spanish immersion camp for the last three summers. They have a fellowship there that鈥檚 essentially traveling around learning languages, exploring the world and culture. I鈥檓 in the process of applying, but I don鈥檛 know if I鈥檓 going to get that. So I鈥檓 also looking for a job, ideally a remote job.

My adviser and I had this phenomenal conversation that I think relieved a lot of the stress that I鈥檝e been having. He was like, 鈥淵ou need to bounce around for a while. Don鈥檛 get weighed down and feel like the first job that you take is where you鈥檙e going to spend the rest of your life.鈥

It鈥檚 just nice to have people who actually know what they鈥檙e doing because I definitely don鈥檛.

Whatever I do, I have a strong sense that whatever it is, it鈥檒l work out!

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