DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke track & field team will host its final home meet of the season, the Duke Twilight, Sunday May 5 in Wallace Wade Stadium. Recently, GoDuke.com sat down with senior javelin thrower Austin Carpenter to learn more about the Saddle River, N.J., native.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite thing about being a Duke student-athlete?
Austin Carpenter: I love everything about being a student-athlete. I definitely think my favorite thing is the community that is on my own team and amongst other teams here at Duke.
GoDuke.com: What is the biggest difference between St. Lawrence and Duke?
AC: I think the fact that Duke is a much larger university and having several different components to the school like the hospital and other graduate programs. It gives a bigger sense of diversity to the school because it is so much larger.
GoDuke.com: Where is your favorite spot on campus?
AC: I think my favorite spot in my undergraduate career was probably McClendon Tower. I also spent a lot of time in the K Center. Now being at Fuqua, all of our classes are right there, I spend a lot of time at Fuqua now.
GoDuke.com: What is the biggest difference between Duke undergrad and graduate school?
AC: Fuqua has a lot more of a professional tone, especially with the older MBA students
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite restaurant in Durham?
AC: That is tough because there are so many great ones. I live right down the street from Fosters, Guglhuphf and Q Shack. I go there all the time. I love going to those places.
GoDuke.com: What has been your favorite class at Duke?
AC: I think one of my favorite classes was definitely my physics class. I had some really good teachers that I am still in contact with now. It was a little tough for me but I actually really liked it. My TA’s name was Ronen Plesser. I still stay in contact with him and go rock climbing. He’s a great guy.
GoDuke.com: What has been your most challenging class?
AC: That would be the physics class, as well.
GoDuke.com: Who has had the biggest influence on your life?
AC: I would definitely have to say my parents who have been so supportive of my career, my academics, and my decision to change schools. They were really supportive and have been helping me the entire way.
GoDuke.com: What words of advice would you give to younger student-athletes?
AC: My biggest piece of advice is to try and get involved with as many things as you can on campus. There is so much that Duke offers that you have to take advantage of because it will be over before you know it.
GoDuke.com: What is your least favorite chore?
AC: I guess it would be cleaning but it is actually a good break from studying so I don’t mind it too much.
GoDuke.com: Do you have any hidden talents?
AC: I have perfected the Rubik’s cube. I was taught by some other student-athletes on the Duke track and field team so I will give a shout-out to them. It seems to be the talent of the team. I am also getting pretty good at walking on my hands.