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Hired Before Graduation

What’s next for members of the Carthage Class of 2021? Our graduates always have big plans — many of which were in place well before their commencement. Below, meet members of the Class of 2021 who were hired for full-time positions before they even graduated.

Taylor Peterson '21 during a zero-g flight in fall 2020.Taylor Peterson ’21

Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida’s Aerospace Engineering Ph.D. Program

Major: Physics
Minor: Mathematics

New job: Graduate student at the University of Central Florida’s Aerospace Engineering Ph.D. program.
When accepted: Feb. 2021 with a start date in fall 2021

“I learned about this Ph.D. program from my internship mentor at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Summer 2020. I would not be where I am today without the opportunities available to me by Prof. Kevin Crosby and the WSGC. For that, I extend my sincerest thank you.”

Cassandra Bossong '21 on a zero-g flight in fall 2020.Cassandra Bossong ’21

Zero-G Research Intern and Flight Coach 

Major: Physics
Minor: Mathematics

New job: Zero-G research intern and flight coach at  Zero-G Corporation
When hired: March 2021 with a start date in March 2021

“I get to work with Zero-G Corporation and be a flight coach, which essentially means I get to fake being an astronaut every day. This once-in-a-lifetime experience I thought I would only get to experience during my undergraduate career is going to become part of my daily life. I’m excited to further my potential and gain new skills in order to build my future.”

Jaime First '21

Jaime First ’21

Study Technician in Dose Formulations

Major: Biology
Minor: Spanish
New job: Study technician in dose formulations at Covance in Madison, Wis.
When hired: Feb. 2021 with a start date in May 2021

“I’m really excited to use my knowledge from my courses at Carthage and learn more and develop my skills in an area of research that’s a bit new for me!” 


Kayla Marchant '21Kayla Marchant ’21

Quality Control Lab Technician

Major: Chemistry
Minor: Biology
New job: Quality control lab technician at Tufco LP in Green Bay, Wis.
When hired: February 2021 with a start date in March 2021

“I want to acknowledge and thank the Chemistry Department and my peers for their dedication and commitment to sticking by my side and pushing me to do my best every day. The past four years of advice from each of my professors definitely helped during the interview process.”

Benjamin Dusza '21Benjamin Dusza ’21

Graduate Student in Carthage’s Master of Science in Business

Majors: Management and Marketing
Minor: Economics

New job: Graduate student in Carthage’s Master of Science in Business: Sports Management Track
When accepted: Feb. 2021 with a start date in August 2021

“I am very excited to start learning more about the sports industry from a business standpoint. I have always had a passion for sports of all kinds but having the opportunity to continue my studies in sports and being able to stay at Carthage is something I never thought was possible. I am excited to be taught by some of the professors that I have had during my undergraduate studies as well.”

Megan Patrice Larson '21Megan Patrice Larson ’21

Graduate Student at Loyola University Chicago

Major: Political Science
Minor: Theology
New job: Graduate student at Loyola University in Chicago, Ill., studying political science and international affairs with a certificate in data mining
When accepted: Feb. 2021 with a start date in May 2021

“Expanding my understanding of our academic world is by far the most exciting factor. I have greatly enjoyed my time at Carthage, and each one of my professors significantly prepared me and ‘taunted’ me with what comes after an undergraduate degree.”


Lorien Van Dyke '21Lorien Van Dyke ’21

Graduate Student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology 

Majors: Psychology and Criminal Justice
New job: Graduate student in the M.A. Forensic Psychology program, studying for a Professional Counselor Licensure at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology
When accepted: Feb. 2021 with a start date in May 2021

“I am excited to further my education in an area that I am passionate about and will assist me in my long-term career goals.”

Kendall Bellone '21Kendall Bellone ’21

Audit Associate

Major: Accounting
Minor: Economics
New job: Audit associate at BKD CPA and Advisors in Chicago, Ill.
When hired: Aug. 2020 with a start date in Sept. 2021

“Go to all the recruiting events and career fairs that you can! It’s always great practice to interact with others in a formal setting, and you get exposure to companies and positions you might not have known about.”

Matthew Krzewinski '21Matthew Krzewinski ’21

Graduate Student at the University of Denver

Major: Economics
Minors: Business Administration
and Spanish
New job: Graduate student pursuing a master’s in data science at the University of Denver
When accepted: Jan. 2021 with a start date in Sept. 2021

“My professors definitely played a big role in my interest of cultivating and analyzing data through classes such as econometrics, statistics, and computer science, and then getting to utilize these skills in my senior thesis really piqued my interest.”


Giulia Hoke '21

Giulia Hoke ’21

Customer Service Representative

Major: Marketing
Minor: Communication
New job: Customer service representative at Uline in Kenosha, Wis.
When hired: Nov. 2020 with a start date in May 2021

“I learned about this job at a job fair through The Aspire Center. I want to thank The Aspire Center for not only introducing me to the recruiter but also for helping me prepare for my interview.”

Carrie Weis '21

Carrie Weis ’21

Registered Nurse

Major: Nursing
New job: Registered nurse in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) and same-day surgery at Aurora Medical Center Kenosha
When hired: Nov. 2020 with a start day in June 2021

“I am most excited to care for patients and make a difference in their lives by using clinical judgment and knowledge gained through nursing school. I enjoy working in this department and am very thankful I pursued the opportunity as a nurse extern.” 

Keeley Jones '21Keeley Jones ’21

City Year AmeriCorps Service Member

Major: Public Relations
New job: City Year AmeriCorps Chicago service member
When hired: Feb. 2021 with a start date in Aug. 2021

“Work hard, play hard! I’ve had the most memorable time at Carthage and learned so much, but never forgot how to have fun!”


Mary McCarthy '21Mary McCarthy ’21

Graduate Student and Graduate Assistant

Major: Athletic Training
New job: Graduate assistant at San Marcos High School while working toward a master’s in exercise science at Texas State University
When hired: Dec. 2020 with a start date in Aug. 2021

“I am most excited about moving to a new state and being on my own as an athletic trainer.”

Bailey Wellen '21

Bailey Wellen ’21

Cyber Risk Analyst

Majors: Computer Science and Data Science
 Spanish and Math
New job: Cyber risk analyst at Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory in Chicago
When hired: Aug. 2020 with a start date in June 2021

“To fellow students — be confident! When you go into an interview or your first day, trust yourself and the skills you have developed. You will have plenty to learn in your internship or full-time position, but Carthage prepares us well for these roles.”

Brody Ilstrup '21Brody Ilstrup ’21

Athletic Training Graduate Assistant 

Major: Athletic Training
New job: Athletic training graduate assistant at Carthage College
When hired: March 2021 with a start date in Aug. 2021

“I appreciate all of the extended help from my professors and preceptors at Carthage. I would tell incoming students to work hard and get the most out of their experience here at Carthage.”


Alanna Sullivan '21

Alanna Sullivan ’21

Ph.D. Candidate

Major: Neuroscience
New job: Ph.D. candidate
When starting: Aug. 2021

“I am most excited about pursuing my doctorate, and being the first in my family to do it!” 

Alejandra Montes de Oca '21

Alejandra Montes de Oca ’21

Corporate Trainee

Majors: Marketing and Communication
New job: Corporate trainee at Quad in Sussex, Wis.
When hired: Feb. 2021 with a start date in June 2021

“I am most excited about using my skills that I have learned throughout the past four years in a professional setting.”

Alexandria Wheeler '21Alexandria Wheeler ’21

Ph.D. Candidate at UIC

Major: Mathematics
Minor: Computer science
New job: Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois Chicago
When accepted: Feb. 2021 with a start date in Aug. 2021

“I am most excited to begin a new era of my academic learning and pursue a higher degree in mathematics. I am also really excited to live in Chicago and meet new people in the area and in the program.”


Megan Cassandra Miles '21Megan Cassandra Miles ’21

Sales Coordinator

Majors: International Political Economy and Japanese
Minor: Business administration

New job: Sales coordinator at Nippon Steel Trading Americas, Inc. in Schaumburg, Ill.
When hired: March 2021 with a start date in May 2021

“I’m most excited about being able to put all the knowledge from Carthage to practical use.”

Sydney Turner '21

Sydney Turner ’21

Audit Associate

Major: Accounting
Minor: Economics 
New job: Audit associate at Crowe in Denver, Colo.
When hired: Oct. 2020 with a start date in Oct. 2021

“I learned about this job through an online job posting on Handshake. I believe my 4.0 GPA in my major and past work experience as an audit and tax intern at BKD, a participant in the VITA program, and being an accounting tutor led to me being hired for this position.”

Alyssa Padjen '21Alyssa Padjen ’21

Account-Elections Clerk

Major: English
Minor: Communication
New job: Account-Elections Clerk at the City of Kenosha’s  Clerk/Treasurer’s Office
When hired: Jan. 2020 with a start date in Jan. 2020

“I am most excited to continue my work with the City of Kenosha and grow as a professional in this department. This past year with the City of Kenosha has been an amazing experience, and I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to continue learning.”


Jenna Cannon '21Jenna Cannon ’21

Registered Nurse at Saint Catherine’s Hospital

Major: Nursing
New job: Registered nurse on the MedSurg Unit at Saint Catherine’s Hospital in Pleasant Prairie, Wis.
When hired: Feb. 2021 with a start date in May 2021

“I am so excited to be transitioning into the job that I have worked the last four years to obtain! I love all of my coworkers and the patients I work with and this is a step toward my future goals!”

Kimberly Hernandez '21

Kimberly Hernandez ’21

Legislative Aide and Research Assistant

Majors: Sociology and Psychology
New job: Legislative aide and research assistant for a state representative in Madison, Wis.
When hired: March 2021 with a start date in March 2021

“I am looking forward to working with a Latinx representative in the Wisconsin legislature, who is amplifying the voices of the Hispanic and LGBTQ+ community in Milwaukee.”



Congratulations to all our graduates!

Past Success Stories

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …