Ainsley Grey ?20

Ainsley Grey

Class Year

’20

Hometown

Sedalia, Missouri

Major(s)

Japanese, Asian Studies

Minor(s)

Religion

Even though she wanted to be a school bus driver growing up, Presidential scholarship recipient Ainsley Anderson has found a home at Carthage studying language. Extremely immersed in Carthage’s Japanese program, Ainsley has been able to participate in Japanese Club, a Japanese Bible Study group, and tea club, among many other organizations.

Ainsley encourages prospective Carthage students to recognize the value of language and take interest in the cultures and countries that comes with it. With an open attitude, she looks forward to the rest of her years at Carthage with excitement and appreciation for her professors and friends.  

“If you are teaching yourself Japanese like I was, be sure to learn hiragana and katakana. Japanese is a fun language to learn and speak. Good luck!”

Ainsley Grey, ’20

Career goal

“I am keeping my options open at this point.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“I really enjoy having class with Nakano-せんせい (Professor Takumi Nakano). I am extremely thankful that he is my first Japanese professor.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class is my Japanese class because it is entertaining and the language and culture is fascinating.”

Campus involvement

“I am a serious coffee drinker and a member of Carthage Tea Club. I am also a member of the Japanese club, Interfaith, and the Japanese Bible Study group. Most of my time for organizations is filled with my position as an RA on campus and my job as a student worker in the Advancement Office.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class has to be my Western Heritage class because I can feel my brain growing with knowledge every time I am in the class.”

Scholarships

“I received many scholarships from Carthage, the most notable being the Presidential Scholarship. Any scholarships Carthage gives me are beneficial and allow me to continue going here.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I constantly think about all the times that I have stayed up late at night discussing politics and religion with friends.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is probably my bed! I also enjoy Einstein’s.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise is how busy I am and yet, not at all. I am mostly confused.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“I would be shocked. I wanted to be a bus driver when I was 8 years old. I adored the color yellow, maybe a bit too much.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“If you are teaching yourself Japanese like I was, be sure to learn hiragana and katakana. Japanese is a fun language to learn and speak. Good luck!”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because of the Japanese program. I am glad to finally be able to take Japanese classes, and even major in it!”