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Hired Before Graduation: 2017 Stories

Ashley Cross ’17: Law Student

Ashley Cross '17Major: Political Science
Minor: Public Relations

Political science major Ashley Cross was accepted into Boston College’s Law School back in November; she officially committed to the program in April. Now she couldn’t be happier about starting her studies come August.

“I’m excited to actually be able to delve into law and practice,” she said. “I’ve been working toward this since freshman year, so it’s very gratifying to reach my goals.”

Ashley learned about Boston College by researching law schools. “I know that some of the strongest parts of my application were the letters of recommendation I was able to get from professors,” she said. “One of the top reasons I came to Carthage was the small class sizes, in order to have the opportunity to build relationships with my professors. It meant a lot to know that the professors actually care about me as a person, as well as my academics and goals.”

She encourages other students to major in something they’re passionate about — but think about possible careers early.

“I started off with political science as my minor because I enjoyed history, but I wasn’t sure if I could get a job with it as a major,” she said. “I enjoyed learning from the professors so much that I switched my major to political science and hoped I’d figure out a way to make a living off of it.

“With the help of the professors and my friends, I figured out what I wanted to do and couldn’t be more excited to go practice law! I would advise people to study what they love, but be proactive about turning it into a career.”

Kayla Clair ’17: Youth Social Worker

Kayla Clair '17Major: Social Work

Kayla Clair didn’t take a single day off after her graduation from Carthage. She started her job as a youth worker the day after her commencement ceremony. In addition to pursing a Master of Social Work degree, Kayla will be working full-time as a youth worker for the Intensive Supervision and Youth Competency Program at Community Impact Programs in Kenosha. 

She was hired for the position in May, after an eight-month internship with the organization. “After the supervisor found out I was looking for a position, she called me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse: a job working with the amazing teens I had bonded with during the course of my internship, and the ability to work with a team with whom I already felt at home!” Kayla said. 

“I am so excited to be able to work with our highest-risk teens in Kenosha and to have the opportunity to make a positive impact in their lives,” she said. “I am also thrilled to be able to work this position while I pursue my Master of Social Work at UW-Madison starting in the fall.”

“Never pass up the opportunity to work in a position you are passionate about,” she advised other Carthage students. “You may not have the details completely worked out, but a great employer will work with you when they appreciate the skills you bring to the table.”

Maja Romanovic ’17: Financial Analyst

Maya Romanovic '17Majors: Finance, Marketing

Finance and marketing double-major Maja Romanovic already speaks five languages, but now that she’s got a full-time job as a financial analyst with Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, she plans to add German to that list.

“I will be taking several trips to headquarters, which is in Munich, Germany,” Maja said. “I heard about this opportunity through job searching online. I strongly believe I got this position because I have international experience from traveling to Europe every summer and giving back to the less fortunate overseas. I also believe I got this position because I can speak five languages fluently, and I have a desire to learn as many languages as I can, one being German.”

Most of the time, Maja will be working a little closer to home. “I am most excited to be able to work in downtown Chicago and for an international company,” she said. “I truly believe that a financial analyst position is difficult and time consuming, but I am very excited to step foot into the real world and apply my skills and strive for success.”

As she reflects on her time at Carthage, Maja is grateful for the opportunities she had here.

“First, I would like to thank Carthage College for giving me the opportunity to get a Bachelor of Arts Degree. I would also like to thank the finance and marketing professors, especially professors Cassie Lau and Joseph Shields for always relating my school work to the real world and always believing in me.”

“The best advice I can give Carthage students is that you should always try your best to stay on good terms with everyone and network with whomever you meet. You never know, one of your classmates from college may end up being your boss one day.”

Haley Longley ’17: Auditor

Haley Longley '17Major: Accounting
Minor: Computer Science

Haley Longley has known her post-graduation plans since October 2016 — a full seven months before she graduated with a degree in accounting. Haley was offered a position as a full-time auditor for Deloitte in Milwaukee. She starts her job in September.

“I am really excited that I will be able to work with clients, and I will be starting with a few other Carthage hires!” Haley said.

She was alerted to the opportunity by Carthage faculty. “I received an email from my professor that they were hiring people, so I sent in my resume,” she said. “I’m pretty certain it was a mixture of networking with my professor and having a computer science minor.”

She advises other Carthage students to build a similar network to help their careers. “My advice: Be certain to network early on! It’s crucial to getting that initial interview.”

Lee Hollman ’17: Graduate School, Clinical Psychology

Lee Holman '17Majors: Psychology, Criminal Justice

Now that Lee Hollman has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice, his next step is graduate school. Starting this fall, Lee will pursue his Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He confirmed these plans in February.

“I’m extremely excited to further my education in psychology, and continue to improve my skills as a future clinician,” Lee said. “I plan to pursue a career in prison psychology, where I can utilize both my training in clinical psychology, as well as my passion for the criminal justice system.”

Lee learned about the Psy.D. program at Wheaton College while searching a database of programs provided by the American Psychological Association. “I was surprised to find such a reputable program so close to home!” he said. “I believe that my internship experiences, in addition to my time working as a Psychology Fellow at Carthage, allowed me to be an extremely competitive candidate for this doctorate program.”

He’d like to thank the Carthage faculty for their role in his success.

“I’d like to thank Dr. [Jeffrey] Seymour in the Criminal Justice Program for sparking my interest in rehabilitative corrections, and solidifying my goal to pursue prison psychology,” he said. “Also, a major shout-out to Dr. [Anthony] Barnhart and Dr. [Leslie] Cameron for their stellar letters of recommendation. I couldn’t have done it without you!”

Jordan Patrick: Acting Apprentice

Jordan Patrick '17Major: Theatre performance
Minor: Religion

Jordan Patrick cemented his post-graduation plans back in March, when he was hired to be an acting apprenctice with Serenbe Playhouse in Palmetto, Georgia. 

“I am really excited to work on a lot of different plays with a whole new group of professional artists,” Jordan said. “Serenbe Playhouse uses a different outdoor location for all of their shows, so I’m looking forward to this challenge, and also continuing to develop my performing craft.”

A theatre performance major known for his roles in such Carthage Theatre productions as The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Jordan was offered the internship after an audition. “I signed up for the UPTA audition in Memphis, Tennessee, and from my 90-second audition, that I performed for over 90 different theatre companies, Serenbe gave me a callback. My favorite callback that I attended that night was with Serenbe Playhouse, so I was even more excited when they offered me the job.”

He credits his Carthage education and extracurricular experiences with helping him land the gig. “I think that from the risk-taking and improvisation-driven callback, I was able to thrive because of my previous work with Carthage’s Merely Players improv troupe,” he said.

His advice for other Carthage students is to do what you love, and love what you do. “It’s really important to find what makes you happy in life, but it also has a lot to do with your attitude,” he said. “One of the best rules in theatre is that before rehearsal or before a show, you leave all your daily troubles and worries at the door. That way you can just let go, have fun, and perform to the best of your abilities. I think this rule is applicable to every job that you come across.”

Herbert Triplett ’17: Graduate School

Herbert Triplett '17Major: History
Minor: Classics

Herbert Triplett readily admits his path to graduation hasn’t been easy.

“I am not afraid to state exactly how many struggles I have overcome to get to this point,” he says. “Coming from a single-parent home with not too many resources, the odds of not getting this far could be believed as being quite high.”

But come May 21, Herbert will cross the stage to receive his diploma, having earned a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in classics. In September, he will be back at Carthage to begin the journey toward his master’s degree. He was accepted into Carthage’s new Master of Science in Business Design and Innovation program.

Herbert is excited for new learning opportunities, to study with program director Jennifer Madden, and to learn skills to stay creative within his chosen profession. He plans to become a college professor one day, and wants to bring innovation to teaching and studying history. “The master’s program will be a major step in my life,” he says.

He was accepted into the program in April, after learning about it from Prof. Michele Hancock. “I know that my strong record of great work and solid efforts throughout my time at Carthage made my appointment into the program easier.”

He advises all Carthage students to push themselves to do their best work and stay focused on their biggest goals. “Whatever you have in life that is precious to you, give it your effort in a smart and efficient way.”

Kayla Donnell May ’17: Executive Team Lead

Kayla Donnell May '17Majors: Public Relations, Communication

During the fall semester of Kayla Donnell’s junior year, her friends did something only good friends do. Kayla was skeptical about finding an internship. “My friends actually dragged me to the Career Fair on campus,” she said.

At the Career Fair, she signed up for an on-campus interview with Target for a summer internship. She was called back for a second interview the following week and hired a few days later. In August, she was offered a full-time position as an executive team lead. She starts her job in June.

Career Services helped me tremendously throughout the process,” Kayla said. “They helped me reconstruct my resume and ran through a mock interview beforehand.”

Her Carthage coursework and extracurriculars were also instrumental. “I think that the skills I acquired from classes at Carthage and the leadership abilities I acquired in Greek life impressed my colleagues at Target throughout my internship,” she said. “Target heavily values leadership and out-of-the-box thinkers, which were both qualities I believe Carthage influenced in me.”

Jon Bruning and Kim Kulovitz were my two favorite professors here at Carthage,” she continued. “I strategically chose my classes around having them as my instructors! I love the informal teaching style they apply in their classes and the real-life application each class incorporates. I always felt comfortable participating in their classes and approaching them for help outside of the classroom if needed.”

Now she’s excited to apply her leadership skills in a professional setting, “and take steps toward being financially independent.”

Her advice for other Carthage students? “Your network is never big enough. Get involved! Get to know your professors! Get out there! For me, it was Greek life that opened a lot of doors, but Carthage has plenty of other organizations that can do that for you, too. You never know what opportunities will come your way.”

Rachel Utt ’17: Environmental Education Instructor

Rachel Utt '17Major: Environmental Science

Environmental science major Rachel Utt didn’t wait until she graduated to start her full-time job. Back in March, she was hired as an environmental education instructor for the Lake County Forest Preserve District, based in Libertyville, Illinois. She started right away.

“I help lead summer camps and visit local schools to give programs to kids ages 4 to 14 on topics such as local wildlife, animal kingdoms, basic botany, wildlife tracking, and outdoor survival basics,” Rachel said. “I am excited to help show children all the ways that they can have fun and participate in nature, and teach them the natural processes involved. I’m also excited to show them how to properly care for our forest preserves and help them spark a connection with the outdoors in a way that inspires them to be good stewards of public land.”

In her position, she will have the opportunity to assist other departments including natural resources and wildlife biology. She credits both her Carthage education and a lot of time spent outdoors with helping prepare her for her new career.

“I think my background of being exposed to the outdoors in multiple ways — such as camping, tracking, and orienteering — and my diverse course experience related to pursuing my environmental science degree helped me get hired.”

“Thank you to all of my professors who have helped me build such a strong foundation for my career, especially Tracy Gartner, Angela Dassow, and Matt Zorn, all of whom I greatly look up to. They have gifted much knowledge and inspiration upon me.”

Sal Abonce ’17: Sales Account Rep

Sal Abonce '17Major: Communication
Minors: Spanish

Communication major Sal Abonce has had his post-graduation plans lined up since July. That’s when he was hired to be a sales account representative with CDW in downtown Chicago. He starts the full-time position on May 31.

“I heard about CDW by attending Carthage Career Service events on campus,” Sal said. He met with CDW recruiters and was inspired to move forward. “I used all the skills I learned from being involved in leadership positions at Carthage, which has built my character,” he said. “They appreciated my interest and motivational attitude to learn beyond the real world.”

He’s looking forward to meeting new people in the company and around Chicago. “It’s definitely a nervous feeling stepping into a fresh new job, but at the same time, it’s exciting and fascinating,” he said. “I want to build long-term relationships that will fulfill my experience. … The fact that I will be diving into an unknown environment is a thrill of curiosity. I am looking forward to using all that I have learned in college in the real world. I feel comfortable and ready to challenge myself in this great opportunity.”

His advice for other Carthage students? “Stay positive, work hard, and be somebody nobody thought you could be,” he said. “Find what you enjoy most and focus on that. I believe the best quality to have is the ability to have faith in yourself and be unique.”

Lindsey Watson ’17: Science Teacher

Lindsey Watson '17 will teach science at Washington Community High School in Washington, Illinois.Major: Physics
Minors: Secondary Education

When Lindsey Watson graduates, she will leave the stage with a degree in physics and a full-time job. She was hired in March to teach science at Washington Community High School in Washington, Illinois. She starts in August.

“I am most excited to have my own classroom, and to be back at the school I graduated from as a teacher!” Lindsey said.

Lindsey heard about the open position from her high school volleyball coach. “Since I graduated from there, the hiring committee knew me and they were looking for a person with a physics degree,” she said.

“I’m so thankful to my education and physics professors for helping me in every way throughout my four years!”

Emily Santucci ’17: Financial Analyst

Emily Santucci '17 is a finanical analyst with PfizerMajor: Finance
Minors: Spanish, Economics

Like many members of the Carthage Class of 2017, Emily Santucci turned a successful internship into a full-time job.

Last summer, she worked as intern for Pfizer Inc. in Lake Forest, Illinois. “I had applied for the internship with the help of my accounting professor and Career Services,” she said.

By October, they had hired her on full-time. She begins her position as a financial analyst in July.

“I think that I was hired for this position because I was well prepared for any task thrown my way,” she said. “Carthage did a great job making sure I had both soft and technical skills that could transfer to the real world.”

“I am most excited about getting the opportunity to work for such a great company,” she said. “Pfizer is one of the top pharmaceutical companies globally, which opens up so many doors. I also will be a part of their Financial Development Program, which is a rotational program that allows me to gain exposure to different aspects of the business and travel, which is a great way to not only gain work-related skills but valuable experience as well.”

She’d like to thank the Career Services staff for their support and connections. “They helped me grow so much over my four years, and I would not be in the same place without their great help and guidance,” she said. “For future students, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Whether it’s going to get a resume reviewed, talk over potential career options with a professor, or just figuring out where to start, the entire Carthage community is at your disposal and always so willing to help.”

Jade Eckert ’17: Staff Accountant

Jade Eckert '17 was hired as a staff account for Jockey International.Major: French, Finance
Minors: Economics

Finance and French major Jade Eckert was pretty selective when it came to choosing her next step after Carthage. After interviewing with several companies, she accepted a full-time position in February as a staff accountant at Jockey International in Kenosha. She begins her job in July.

“I am most excited to join a company that has been a supporter of Carthage in offering job and internship opportunities to students,” Jade says. “I had a couple of interviews and offers from companies, and Jockey was best option in terms of the starting job position and their emphasis on a good work-life balance. My supervisor has already told me about projects and opportunities that I will be able to be a part of at Jockey.

“Starting in a position like this will give me great experience to expand my career options for the future, possibly combining my acquired finance experience with my French language skills,” she continues.

“Carthage professors are great with helping students on campus, but also helping them find opportunities off campus. Ask for advice from them when searching for internships or opportunities that will be useful in finding out what you are interested in doing after Carthage.”

Jade heard about the opening from Prof. Cassie Lau, her finance advisor. Prof. Lau emailed finance majors about the position over winter break and Jade applied right away.

“I think a combination of my internship experience, my leadership roles in the French program, my study abroad experience, and my strong academic record contributed to my getting hired for this position,” she says.

“I want to say thank you to my finance and French professors, especially Cassie Lau, Prof. Rollet, and Prof. Rivero-Vila, for pushing me to excel in the finance and French programs. They have provided so much support to me with classes, but also outside of classes, helping in my search for internships, preparing for studying abroad, and taking an interest in my passion for ballet.”

“Carthage professors are great with helping students on campus, but also helping them find opportunities off campus. Ask for advice from them when searching for internships or opportunities that will be useful in finding out what you are interested in doing after Carthage.”

Cat Johnson ’16: Marketing Associate

Cat Johnson '16 was hired as a marketing associate at The Terry Group.Major: Public Relations, Marketing
Minors: Communication

When you’re searching for the perfect job, every conversation matters. That’s what Cat Johnson learned last summer. Cat was headed to Chicago to participate in the Carthage in Chicago program, when her parents met a staff member from The Terry Group at a wedding.

“They told him I was going to be in Chicago for Carthage’s program, and he said to send him my resume,” Cat said. “The rest is history.”

She was offered a full-time position as a marketing associate at The Terry Group in September. She started her job in January, after graduating in December.

“It showed me how small the world truly is, and how using your connections really can help you get a foot in a company’s door,” Cat said.

She said her brief background in statistics, courtesy of Prof. Julio Rivera, has helped her feel prepared for her position; she will be working with actuaries and data scientists. “He not only taught me how to run different tests in Excel, but he taught me how to understand what the results mean,” she said. “This has really paid off when writing about what the company does, because I don’t have to ask so many questions to understand what the team is working on.

“I am also thankful for my public relations advisor Kim Kulovitz for always being there to help me through anything and responding to my frantic emails,” Cat continued. “She has prepared me well to be the only PR/marketing practitioner at the company.”

Ryan Casey ’17: United States Marine Corps

After Ryan graduates from Carthage in May, he will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.Major: Finance
Minors: Economics, Political Science

After Ryan graduates from Carthage in May, he will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. “I will begin my active duty contract stationed in Quantico, Virginia.” He knew back in August that this would be his next step. It has been his dream since he was a child to serve.

A transfer student, Ryan heard about this opportunity at his old university. “I had to go through two summers of Officer Candidate School and graduate in order to become an officer.”

His advice to his fellow students? “The American dream is still alive. Stop making excuses.”

Katrina Gieser ’17: Hotel Front Office Ambassador

Katrina Gieser '17Major: Business Management
Minor: Communication

Katrina has a full-time job as an ambassador in the front office of Hilton’s Conrad Luxury Hotel in Chicago. She was hired for the job in April, and will start in May.

“I did a lot of research online and applied to a lot of places. Chicago was just the best fit for me,” she says. “I am very excited. This is a starting position in the career that I have wanted to be in for years. I have worked for hotels for three years now, and I have always loved every part of it! I know that working in Chicago will start my career off well with a great foot in the door at Hilton. I look forward to working with the best hotel brand, and living in the city after I graduate!”

Her advice for other students? “Always work your hardest! Never let anything else — extracurriculars, sports, Greek life — get in the way of the most important reason you are here: to learn!”

Jilian Novak ’17: Financial Analyst

Major: Accounting and Finance
Minor: Economics

Jilian Novak was hired before graduation as a financial analyst with Molex.Jilian Novak got her job offer back in August. Starting on June 1, she will be a financial analyst with Molex, a Koch Industries subsidiary specializing in electronic components and connectors. She will be working at the company’s global headquarters in Lisle, Illinois.

>“After working as an intern at Molex for two consecutive summers, I am excited to take on new full-time responsibilities while also reconnecting with all of the amazing people I am honored to call my coworkers,” she said.

Jilian grew up a short distance from Molex during the early part of her childhood.

“While I had little understanding of what Molex actually did, I always knew it as the place where my dad and I would pick up his best friend from work and head over to a White Sox game,” she recalled.

“The fall of my sophomore year, I began searching online for a summer internship. Immediately, I stumbled across Molex’s intern program and I was fortunate enough to spend the summer going into my junior year learning the ins and outs of corporate America. The program also allowed me to better connect with interns of different backgrounds while also getting to travel across the country.

“I encourage all Carthage students to push themselves and take on opportunities, even if they may be outside your comfort zone. Carthage College is unique in helping students further their horizons, beyond their area of interest, to become well-rounded individuals, ready to take on all that the real world has to offer.”

“As the final weeks of my internship wrapped up this summer, I was presented with the opportunity to come back full-time, contingent upon my graduation, and I graciously accepted! While Molex is a large international corporation, it has a close knit, family oriented feel, very similar to that of Carthage College,” Jilian said. “Molex has given me so many opportunities, even those outside my area of study. It excites me knowing that I will be spending the majority of my adult life working for a place that brings me so much joy and saw potential in me from such an early age.”

Jilian said she is grateful to everyone who believed in her during her four years at Carthage. “Each of my experiences have helped to shape me into the person I am today,” she said.

“I encourage all Carthage students to push themselves and take on opportunities, even if they may be outside your comfort zone. Carthage College is unique in helping students further their horizons, beyond their area of interest, to become well-rounded individuals, ready to take on all that the real world has to offer.”

Kyle Huss ’17: Audit Associate

Major: Accounting

Kyle Huss '17 landed a job as an Audit Associate at KPMG US LLP in ChicagoKyle Huss has known for more than a year what he will be doing after graduation. Back in March 2016, he was offered a full-time position as an Audit Associate at KPMG US LLP in Chicago. He will begin his job in September.

“I am excited to accept new challenges and learn every day,” he says. “I am also excited to start my career in a big city like Chicago.”

Kyle worked as an intern for KPMG, an opportunity he learned from his faculty in the Accounting and Finance Department. “I think hard work and a positive attitude during my internship is one of the main reasons why I received a full-time offer.”

“The Carthage professors did an amazing job preparing me for the work world, and I am so thankful for that,” he said. “I believe that I learned the appropriate work ethic in college that I need to be successful as a professional. One of the main lessons that college taught me is to always show 110% attitude and effort in everything I do, because those are two things that I can control.”

Jordan Rice ’17: NASA Internship and Graduate School

Jordan Rice '17Major: Physics
Minor: Mathematics

Jordan Rice will have two dreams come true after she graduates from Carthage — and based on Jordan’s successes as an undergraduate student, she’s just getting started.

On June 5, Jordan begins her first dream job, working as a NASA Journalism Summer Intern at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

“It has always been a dream of mine to work for NASA, and now I finally get to! Being able to tell the world about the amazing work being done at NASA is a dream come true,” she says. “I will acquire invaluable skills that will help me in my future endeavors.”

After her full-time internship this summer, she will head to Boston University, where she will pursue a master’s degree in science journalism. “I will also be a teaching assistant for the College of Communication’s introductory communications class for undergraduates, COM 101: The World of Communication,” she says.

“It has always been a dream of mine to work for NASA, and now I finally get to! Being able to tell the world about the amazing work being done at NASA is a dream come true.”

Jordan was hired for the NASA internship in March.

“I was just browsing the NASA OSSI page for internships being offered this summer and ran across it,” she says. “I figured that with my experience in astronomy outreach and being a student writer last summer at Astronomy Magazine, I thought I would have a good shot.”

“I want to thank all of my professors in the Physics and Astronomy Department for helping me realize my strengths in science communication,” she says.

She advises current students to take every opportunity that is available. “The opportunities may not pertain to the path you were initially trying to take, but they can lead you in a new direction that will end up taking you to where you want to be.”

Jenny Wild ’17: HR Recruiting Coordinator

Jenny Wild '17Majors: Management and Marketing

Want to have a job lined up by the time you graduate? Networking is key, says Jenny Wild. And she’s a good one to ask.

Last summer, thanks to connections she built with Kenosha-area employers, she learned about a summer marketing internship opportunity with Cree Inc. By December, she had turned that summer internship into a full-time position as a human resources recruiting coordinator at the company.

“The summer marketing internship wasn’t posted on a job board or their company website,” Jenny said. She learned about it through her network.

“Once I started the internship, I was asked to join the human resources team as a recruiting intern. When I left Cree to return for my senior year, I was asked to come back and join as the HR recruiting coordinator. I am working this position part-time while finishing up my last semester. This position will become full-time come May.”

Networking doesn’t stop once you get the job, she advised. “I talked to many different people within the company and told them about my interest in HR,” Jenny said. “Because of that, I was offered a position as recruiter.”

“They saw my skills and involvement at Carthage and made an opportunity for me.”

Kyle Nush '17 has a job as an outdoor naturalist guide for Lasting Adventures in Yosemite National Park in California.

Kyle Nush ’17: Outdoor Naturalist Guide

Majors: Environmental Science, Geography and Earth Science, Geographic Information Science

Last year, Kyle Nush worked as a naturalist guide in New Hampshire. After he graduates, he’ll head to the west coast, where he has a full-time position doing what he loves.

In March, Kyle was offered a full-time position as an outdoor naturalist guide for Lasting Adventures in Yosemite National Park in California. He starts June 2.

“Without Carthage, I would have never gotten that job in New Hampshire, let alone this job in California.”

“Being able to view Yosemite for the first time is going to be wonderful,” he says. “Having the ability to teach people about the greater outdoors while teaching about flora, fauna, and natural history along the way is something that I can’t get enough of.”

Kyle learned about the opportunity through a friend from Brandeis College. “She told me about the posting, so I decided to apply,” he says. “What led to me getting hired for this job, I believe, is my prior experience guiding in New Hampshire, and that Carthage had set me up for success. Without Carthage, I would have never gotten that job in New Hampshire, let alone this job in California.”

He’d like to thank the Geospatial Science Department for all of the support he has received. “The past four years have been amazing,” he says. “Thank you for all the support and teaching me about the in-depth details dealing with our planet and how it works. I will truly miss being able to learn more.”

Jessica Anderson ’17: Audit Assistant at Deloitte

Jessica Anderson '17 has a job as an audit assistant at Deloitte.Majors: Accounting and Finance

Jessica Anderson has known her post-graduation plans since October. That’s when she was offered a full-time position as an Audit Assistant by Big Four accounting firm Deloitte. She starts her job in Milwaukee this fall.

“I am excited to be part of the largest public accounting firm in the United States and the largest professional service network in the world,” Jessica says. “Deloitte has values that I align with and women’s initiatives that make me very excited to be launching a career with them.”

“Big Four accounting firms are very prestigious, and getting an interview is all about connections,” Jessica says. “Carthage professors in the accounting program are constantly utilizing Carthage alumni and connections they established prior to Carthage to help upcoming graduates find great employment.”

“Carthage professors in the accounting program are constantly utilizing Carthage alumni and connections they established prior to Carthage to help upcoming graduates find great employment.”

Jessica had three internships during her time at Carthage, all through Carthage connections.

“Those opportunities really prepared me for the role I will be taking after graduation,” she says. For the full-time position, “I heard about the opportunity at Deloitte through a Carthage professor and he submitted my resume and the process moved on from there.”

“Carthage professors and staff members are one of the greatest parts of Carthage,” Jessica continued. “They truly care about the success of students, and my Carthage experience has been impacted so much by that.”

“My advice to other Carthage students is to make relationships with faculty and staff at Carthage, and believe them when they say that networking is a huge aspect of life after Carthage and getting to where you want to be in life. Also, make the most of your time at Carthage while you are here. There are so many resources and opportunities available to help you succeed. Don’t let those go to waste.”

Shay King ’17: Marketing Manager

Shay King '17 has been hired to be the marketing manager for United Way of Racine County.

Major: English with Creative Writing Emphasis
Minors: Japanese, Women’s and Gender Studies

English major Shay King won’t don a Commencement cap and gown until May, but Shay has already started working. Since March, Shay has been working as the marketing manager for United Way of Racine County in Racine, Wisconsin. Shay was hired for the full-time position in February after working with United Way as an intern in the fall.

“I learned [about the internship] through Carthage’s Great Lakes Internship Grant Program,” Shay says. “One of my English professors sent an email about United Way’s opening for a marketing intern. When I read the job description, I knew I would be a great candidate for the position.”

“I really encourage all job-seeking Carthage students to explore as many opportunities as possible. A liberal arts college like Carthage is a great place to experience a variety of disciplines and roles, and your resume will look amazing when it’s full of all the opportunities you’ve taken!”

“I’ve worked for a variety of employers and organizations during my Carthage career, developing skills in writing and communication and growing a love for community service,” Shay says. “This variety of experiences was really impressive to my employers when they first offered me an internship. Since then, my work ethic and adaptability has helped me gain increasing amounts of responsibility, eventually allowing me to be promoted to a full-time position.”

Shay is glad to have the opportunity to continue growing relationships and skills begun during the internship.

“I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to learn a variety of skills through the numerous classes, clubs, and jobs I’ve enjoyed throughout Carthage,” Shay says. “I really encourage all job-seeking Carthage students to explore as many opportunities as possible. A liberal arts college like Carthage is a great place to experience a variety of disciplines and roles, and your resume will look amazing when it’s full of all the opportunities you’ve taken!”

Emily Salzman ’17: Pricing Analyst

Emily Salzman '17Major: Mathematics
Minor: Economics

Mathematics major Emily Salzman has a full-time job as a pricing analyst at Satori Energy in Chicago. She was hired back in December and will start in June. She’s most excited to get to know her coworkers and “to work in downtown Chicago, which has always been a dream of mine.”

Emily heard about the opening through an email from Career Services. “Shoutout to Career Services,” she says. “You guys are awesome!” She’s grateful to her Carthage professors, too. “Thanks to all my awesome math professors who remind me daily why I chose to major in math!”

Gina Sipka ’17: Graphic Designer

Gina Sipka '17Majors: Graphic Design, Studio Art

Back in April, Gina Sipka was offered a full-time job as a graphic designer for the Good Foods Group. She started her job on May 30.

“I am very excited to be able to have the opportunity to use the creative skills and knowledge I’ve attained at Carthage over the past four years in a full-time job right after graduation,” Gina said. “As their graphic designer, I will be focusing on designing a lot of the packaging for the products they manufacture. So, I am also very excited to have an input with how Good Foods visually communicates with the world.”

She thanks the Carthage faculty for preparing her for this position, and making her aware of the opportunity.

Laura Huaracha was the first to notify me about this job. During the interview, I was able to confidently talk about my work that I showed them, as well as problem-solve any design questions they had prepared for me about their products.”

“I think all of the portfolio reviews and project critiques we have done in the CDM Department at Carthage definitely prepared me and helped with me getting hired for this position.”

Quinn Stevenson ’17: Data Management Specialist

Quinn Stevenson '17Major: Marketing
Minor: Geographic Information Science

Marketing major Quinn Stevenson landed his full-time gig about a month before graduation. In April 2017, he accepted a full-time position as a data management specialist with United Way of Racine County.

“I am incredibly excited to take my data skills and put them to use to help people within the community,” Quinn said.

He learned about the position from his professor, Julio Rivera, and while working on a project for another nonprofit data manager in the area. “I think working on a wide variety of projects with professors and companies outside of Carthage really helped,” he said.

“I’d like to thank Julio especially for helping me find a career path, as well as Art Cyr and Deborah Usinger! My advice is always stay positive and don’t let anything keep you down!”

Courtney Grever ’17: Primary Grade Teacher

Courtney Grever '17Major: Elementary Education
Minor: Psychology

Courtney Grever has been hired as a primary grade teacher at Ruby Hill STRIVE Preparatory Charter School in Denver, Colorado. She will teach either first or second grade. She was hired for this full-time position in January 2017, and will begin in July 2017.

 “I am most excited for the learning experiences that are to come,” she said. “Learning about others, further developing my teaching skills, and learning about myself will all be positive outcomes of this new opportunity. I am also looking forward to meeting my future students and all the adventures this experience will offer.”

 Courtney heard about this opening at a presentation in Career Services. “I believe that many things had to fall in place for this to happen,” she said. “Among those would be the support from those around me. Family, professors, friends, and many more continually push me to want to strive for the best when pursuing my goals. I also felt prepared academically and professionally, helping to build my confidence over the years.”

 As she contemplates her upcoming graduation from Carthage, she says, “It’s hard to express the extent of my appreciation for the professors and staff at Carthage. Without their passionate dedication to their jobs and the students, Carthage would not be the same. I feel as though I received one of the best educations that a higher institution has to offer. As a whole, Carthage has prepared me for the world ahead. Looking back now after four years, I can definitely say I made the right decision — one that will forever change my life.”

Cade Best ’17: Investment Specialist Trainee

Major: Finance
Minor: Economics

Hard work, campus involvement, and his participation in Carthage’s Great Lakes Internship Program are a few of the things that led Cade to his full-time position as an Investment Specialist Trainee at Merrill Edge in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

Cade previously interned at Leeward Business Advisors through the Great Lakes Internship Program which creates paid internship experiences for Carthage students.

This past winter, Cade learned about his new position through an employment posting website. Once he subscribed to the site, he received emails with job postings that matched his skills and interests. He applied to jobs he thought would be a good fit for him. Merrill Edge also saw this as a good fit, and he was offered the position of Investment Specialist Trainee back in March.

Cade attributes being hired before graduation to his “high quality education and guidance from the Accounting and Finance and Economic departments.”

“To Carthage students who are unsure of what they want to do post-graduation, my advice is to learn as much as possible in the classroom, and to practice applying that knowledge in a professional setting,” he said. He also suggests students take the on-campus J-Term course Life After Carthage. “Last but not least, network! You never know what kind of opportunities will arise.”  

Colt Luedtke ’17: Theatre - Stage Manager

 Majors: Theatre production with an emphasis in stage management; Music

 Colt Luedtke turned two internships with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival in Normal, Illinois, into a permanent position. In January, Colt was hired to be the festival’s stage manager. He starts in May.

 “I’m most excited to work in an outdoor theatre,” Colt says.

 Colt had interned with the company the summer before his junior year, and worked as an assistant stage manager and TYA stage manager the summer before his senior year.

 His advice to other students? “Do internships and keep in touch! Networking is crucial in any field.”

Bailee Terry ’17: Patient Services Navigator

Major: Psychology  
Minor: Spanish

Bailee Terry’s success in her undergraduate coursework helped her to get a jumpstart on her career. She was hired as a Patient Services Navigator for United Hospital System, Kenosha, in February and started her role in March.

She believes that the classes she took and the unique experiences Carthage provided helped her gain the skills necessary to be successful in her new position.

“I’m excited to be working with such wonderful people in a rewarding position with the hospital. Thank you to Dr. Zerban for continually supporting me throughout my time at Carthage!”

John Shearer ’17: Alumni Engagement Coordinator

John Shearer '17
Majors: Marketing, Public Relations
Minor: Spanish, Communications

After graduating from Carthage on May 21, John Shearer ’17 took just two days off before beginning his new full-time job as the Alumni Engagement Coordinator for Carthage. He was hired for the position in March, after working as a student employee for the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Now joining the team as a professional staff member, John will oversee all student programs including the Senior Class Gift and the Student Alumni Association, as well as facilitating the popular Student Alumni Mentoring Program.

“With the mentor program, my goal is to develop strong relationships between students and alumni,” he said. “As the leader of the Senior Class Gift Committee, I hope to develop a strong team to instill the importance of philanthropy to their senior class as well as to support their efforts to celebrate with their class.

 “I am most excited about being the supervisor of the mentor program and the Senior Class Gift Committee. I have participated in both of these programs and have had a wonderful experience.”

John began working for the Office of Institutional Advancement his year.

 “My role was front desk assistant and student worker of endowment programs. During the spring 2017 semester this position became available, and because of my love and respect for Carthage and its mission, I applied.”

“I would like to say thank you to my two supervisors Pam Studrawa and Mardell Fisher. They have made this position possible for me. They took a chance hiring and teaching me skill sets that I will benefit from in this position and in the future.”  

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), 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 Career Services.

    • 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 been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running. 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 archaeology 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 $20,000 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 the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, 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 120 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 No. 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 …