D’Monti Fedele

Class Year

’15

Hometown

Berwyn, Ill.

Major(s)

English - Creative Writing Emphasis

Minor(s)

Secondary Education

D’Monti Fedele’s love for English goes much deeper than reading and writing. To him, “literature is an art, just like painting or sculpting. Just as some might appreciate a painting, I appreciate the written word.” 

Attending Carthage was always an easy choice for D’Monti because it had everything he wanted in a school, including a passionate English Department and excellent faculty. “The faculty have more than a liking for their subject; they love it,” he said. “Take English Lit. I with Prof. Carrig, or Dickens with Prof. Kiesel and you will know what I mean within the first few minutes.” 

D’Monti has many career goals. He hopes to become an English teacher or professor, and dreams of publishing poetry and a novel series. “The biggest way that Carthage is preparing me for this is with exposure — not just to literary works and different ways of learning, but to the multitudes of people I have met along the way.”  

“The faculty have more than a liking for their subject; they love it. Take English Lit I with Prof. Carrig, or Dickens with Prof. Kiesel and you will know what I mean within the first few minutes.” 

D’Monti Fedele, ’15

Career goal

“To become an English teacher/professor, and publish poetry and hopefully a novel series.”

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

“I don’t know if I can say I have a favorite, but I definitely had two who influenced me greatly. Prof. Maria Carrig pushed me a lot with my writing, and with that push, I became more confident and refined. Prof. Alyson Kiesel also pushed me, but moreso with the kinds of texts I read. I took a Dickens class with her last semester and could not, despite my trying, find any love for his work at all. She showed me how to use that dislike and turn it into something productive. The combination of these two has greatly improved my pleasure and work with literature.”

Favorite class

“A tie between Creative Writing with Rick Meier or Classical Literary Traditions with Prof. Carrig.”

Campus involvement

“Currently I am an Assistant Hall Director at the Best Western. Some of my more fun activities include being the treasurer and secretary of The Honorary English Fraternity Sigma Tau Delta, a Resident Life Council Advisor, and a decathlete on the men’s track and field team.”

Toughest class

“Elementary Statistics.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I don’t think I could just pick one. There are so many, ranging from time in the classroom to being on the track with my team.”

Favorite spot on campus

“In the basement of the library, there is a chair that is in the Shakespeare section. I like to be surrounded by books, so it is ideal.”

Biggest surprise so far

“How natural it felt to be here after a few months. I call it home quite often now.”

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

“Trust your professors. They are a great group of people who sincerely care about their students. Even when it feels like you are doing something pointless or can’t find the motivation, they have always been clear in their explanations of how their instruction is beneficial.”