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Carthage has been a home to students from countries all over the world including Tanzania, France, Serbia, Japan, Italy, South Africa, Bulgaria, Rwanda and more.
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Meet International Carthage Students
Sandra Khalayi Masibayi ’21
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
Majors: Computer Science, Math
Sandra Khalayi Masibayi applied to 16 colleges. After careful consideration, she chose Carthage because of all the opportunities available here. Since coming to Carthage in September 2017, Sandra has been extremely active on campus through employment opportunities, participation in clubs and organizations, and volunteer work as a math and computer science double major.
Sandra received a full academic four-year Zawadi Merit scholarship through the Zawadi Africa Education Fund. The fund works to encourage and support young women in Africa toward collegiate studies and leadership roles.
Torn between a career in either software or aerospace engineering, Carthage’s Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium program with NASA was one of Sandra’s main reasons for choosing Carthage.
“I call it ‘my bridge to NASA,’” Sandra said. “The program gives me an opportunity to explore a dream career that I wasn’t sure about before coming to Carthage.”
Sandra has connected with the Carthage community through various clubs and organizations that she enjoys immensely. She is the secretary of the United Women of Color and a member of the Black Student Union and Carthage Woods and Waters Club.
Through her involvement in the Woods and Waters Club, Sandra was able to experience skiing for the first time at Cascade Mountain, a ski resort in Portage, Wisconsin.
“That was my first time skiing and I loved it,” she said. “Though I fell so many times while learning, I have grown to love skiing.”
John Nykyforuk ’21
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Major: Biology (Pre-med)
Traveling from the mountains, trails, and parklands of his home in Alberta, Canada, John Nykyforuk was instantly attracted to the lakeviews and arboretum that make up Carthage’s campus. Back home, John spends a large amount of his time outside and is no stranger to cold winters.
“I love spending time in the mountains hiking through nature,” he said.
The temperature regularly drops below -20 during winters in Calgary, leaving him with no worries for the icy weather in Kenosha come December.
In his academic career at Carthage, John has immersed himself in the Biology Department. Through a unique SEA Phages course offered at Carthage, John and other selected freshman biology majors were able to study bacteriophages, or bacterial viruses, found in Lake Michigan. Because of their great work, John was able to travel Ashburn, Virginia, to present their research at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He plans to go into the medical field after graduation.
John is also an avid tennis player on the Carthage men’s team and back home in Canada. Throughout the season, John made some of his favorite Carthage memories while practicing and competing with the team. During the summer, John continues to play while also working as a tennis coach back home.
Magdalene Odhiambo ’16
Hometown: Kisumu, Kenya
Major: International Political Economy
Besides the climate, Magdalene Odhiambo ’16 notices one clear difference between Carthage and the schools in which she has studied: class size. At the high school she attended in the Western part of Kenya, classes normally had approximately 70 students. At Carthage, where the average class size is 17, she has been impressed by the small class sizes that allow one-on-one interaction with professors and classmates.
“It was even better than I expected,” Magdalene said. “This is a luxury enjoyed back home, mainly by private-school students.”
With plans to major in International Political Economy, Magdalene is taking advantage of the liberal arts education offered at Carthage to study everything from religion to microeconomics to yoga. For the summer, she hopes to pursue internship opportunities.
She is a member of Carthage Model United Nations and the International Friendship Society. She was a delegate in the annual American Model United Nations conference in Chicago and was involved in the Model UN high school conference at Carthage.
In high school, Magdalene was an ardent badminton player, which earned her a place on the school team. During her gap year after high school, she took up volunteering at a home for orphans and children with AIDS.
“You could feel that affected a child’s life positively,” she said.
Magdalene received a full academic scholarship to Carthage through the Zawadi Africa Education Fund, Kenya. She is eloquent in English, thanks to the strong emphasis on the importance of education in her homeland, but family conversation can bounce among four tribal languages.
She shared some of that cultural knowledge by teaching basic Swahili to those who attended the annual International Dinner. It gives her a sense of satisfaction to hear people around campus try to greet her in Swahili — even when those greetings are mispronounced.