What’s next for our seniors? Congratulations to our students who have already landed full-time positions.
Samantha Tedesco ’19: Registered Nurse
Employer: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Securing an internship can be tough, especially when you’re competing against hundreds of other applicants. Samantha Tedesco did just that, though, back in the winter of 2017 when she was selected from a pool of 400 applicants to be one of the 35 interns at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Now Northwestern has offered her a full-time position as a registered nurse, tentatively starting in July 2019.
“I believe that my eagerness to learn, my passion for helping others, and my nursing education led me to obtaining this position,” Samantha said.
She said she believes the Carthage Nursing Department also played a large role in her success.
“I would like to thank all of the Carthage Nursing Department staff, especially Dr. Hicks, for all of the hard work and dedication they have put into this nursing program,” she said.
“I would not have received this job offer without their countless efforts to prepare my fellow classmates and me, and I am extremely grateful and honored to be a part of the first nursing cohort at Carthage.”
Shelby Cielak ’19: Conference Service Coordinator
For Shelby Cielak, an internship she found online in 2017 has paid off in a big way. After working as an intern for Riverbend Club, a private, members-only club through the Kohler Company in Kohler, Wisconsin, Shelby’s employer offered her a full-time position when her direct supervisor left the position.
Shelby starts her new role as the club’s Conference Service Coordinator in June 2019.
“I always have wanted to work for a five-star hotel, and now I get to live my dream,” Shelby said.
When it comes to selecting a career path, Shelby has some advice for finding the perfect fit.
“Do what you love,” she said. “There’s a perfect job for everyone as long as you keep an open mind and find a path you are passionate about.”
Samantha Nichols ’19: Registered Nurse
Employer: Froedtert Hospital
Starting your first job comes with new responsibilities, and Samantha Nichols is looking forward to the new role she will take on once she starts her full-time position as a registered nurse at Froedtert Hospital in Kenosha. She begins her job in May, but has been interning there since 2017.
“I am excited about the transition from my current position as a student nurse intern to becoming a nurse and the responsibilities that I will be taking on when I start taking care of my own patients,” she said.
Samantha said that the structure of Carthage’s Nursing Department helped prepare her.
“All of the faculty in the Nursing Department have been amazing,” she said. “They have worked hard to roll with the punches and really listen to the students to make the program the best it can possibly be.
“I am so grateful for the education and guidance I have received from all of them.”
Jennifer Hartig ’19: Teacher
Major: Great Ideas
Employer: Glendale Preparatory Academy
Jennifer Hartig learned about her first job by taking advantage of Carthage’s networking opportunities. Now she is preparing for her new role as a teacher at Glendale Preparatory Academy in Glendale, Arizona, starting on July 1.
“I learned about this job through [Great Ideas faculty members] Dr. McShane and Dr. Ali,” Jennifer said. “I also had the opportunity to meet with some Carthage grads who were hired there.”
She urges Carthage students to form relationships with their professors and with Career Services to learn about opportunities after graduation.
“I would encourage you to ask for help and advice from the professors you admire here,” Jennifer said.
Charles Gallagher ’19: Software Consultant
Technical skills? ✓. Networking? ✓. Hired before graduation? ✓.
After excelling at Carthage and forming strong connections in his department, Charles Gallagher was eager to test out his skills in the real world when he heard about a software consultant job for the Appirio company in Indianapolis.
“The thing I’m most excited about is the opportunity to work at a real software company,” Charles said. “Up to this point, I have only made software for either class or research, so this will be a completely new experience.”
Set to start in June, Charles believes his knowledge and ability to communicate technical terms in a more approachable way got him the job.
Charles heard about the position from a Carthage graduate. He recognizes and thanks the Carthage Computer Science Department for its role in his employment and has some advice for other students.
“My biggest advice for future Carthage students would be to get involved as much as you can in your department,” Charles said. “You will realize quickly that at a small school hard work is both recognized and rewarded.”
Solange Bayerl ’19: Client Consultant Specialist
Solange Bayerl is trading the cold Kenosha winters for the hot Arizona desert with her job as a Client Consultant Specialist for the company ADP.
“I found this job through a LinkedIn article naming some of the best places to work for in 2019,” Solange explained. “I decided to apply to Arizona because my family is relocating and I wanted to be closer to them.”
During her interview, Solange made sure to stand out by pushing her personality and giving well-thought-out answers.
“Every interview I go to, I try to find unique examples of how I would excel in this position and what I can add to the company,” she said. “I think all those things led me to get an offer. In addition, I think finding internships early on and getting one every summer or during the school year will help you find those unique answers.”
“My advice for future and current business students is to enjoy the classes and find what makes you passionate about business,” she explained. “The professors at Carthage are some of the best and they will always be willing to help you no matter what.”
Allison Dreyer ’19: Dental Student at the Marquette University School of Dentistry
Allison Dreyer has been dreaming of the opportunity to attend the Marquette University School of Dentistry for over five years.
“I visited Marquette with the Pre-Dental Society here at Carthage my freshman year and have been in love with the school ever since,” Allison explained.
Set to start in August 2019, Allison has accepted and confirmed her admittance. With this long-term goal accomplished before even graduating from Carthage, she is well on her way to a career in dentistry.
“I’m excited to finally be making my dreams come true,” she said. “Only four more years until I’m a doctor of dental medicine!”
Allison thanks her professors at Carthage for their help along the way, as well as some fellow Carthage grads.
“Thank you to the fellow graduates that are in their D3 year at Marquette, Colin and Macy have been great mentors,” Allison said. “And a huge thank you to all my Carthage professors; Paul Martino, Daniel Steiner, and Denise Cook-Snyder. I couldn’t have done it without your support!”
Sarah Polick ’19: National Stylist
Sarah Polick is breaking into the fashion industry with her role as a national stylist for Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service based in Chicago.
“I am so excited to use the skills I’ve learned at Carthage and bring them to the workplace,” Sarah said. “I’ve always wanted to be in the fashion industry, I’m so glad I found Trunk Club!”
Having found the position through LinkedIn, she encourages other Carthage students to create and update their own profiles.
“Having a great profile on LinkedIn along with previous internship experience definitely helped me get the job,” she explained.
In addition to being hired before graduation, Sarah also graduated early in December.
“Hard work pays off,” she said. “I never would have thought I would graduate early from Carthage and be working a full-time job before I even walked at graduation!”
Sidney Burke ’19: Graduate Student of Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
While applying and interviewing for admittance to the Rehabilitation Psychology Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sidney Burke only became more and more excited to attend.
“UW-Madison’s graduate program for Rehabilitation Psychology has a lot of paid research opportunities,” Sidney explained. “It is perfect for someone that wants to have a lot of independence and control over their opportunities and experience.”
Sidney is set to start at UW-Madison in Fall 2020. She credits her admission to Carthage’s many opportunities for academic and experiential growth.
“I think getting offered admission really had to do with how many amazing opportunities I’ve had through Carthage,” she said, “including paid research experience, a thesis project, and an awesome internship.”
She encourages other Carthage students looking to be hired before graduation to research and take advantage of the same opportunities she did.
“Take advantage of the internship grants, research opportunities, and hands-on experience that you can find through Carthage,” Sidney said.
Parker Dietry ’19: Support Specialist
Parker Dietry first heard about his position with Advicent Solutions at Carthage’s Workforce Career Fair.
“I connected with one of their human resources representatives, thought it sounded like a great opportunity, and we worked together to start the interview process,” Parker explained.
Set to start as a support specialist in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, in June 2019, Parker is looking forward to the opportunity to test and grow his skills.
“I’m excited to gain experience in an office environment, further develop my interpersonal skills, and increase my expertise in financial and software terminology,” he said. “I think my previous experience as a career ambassador in the Aspire Center, paired with my background utilizing different types of software for psychology and sociology classes, equipped me with the skills necessary to take on this role.”
Looking back on his time at Carthage, Parker thanks everyone who helped him along the way.
“Thank you to all my coworkers at the Aspire Center for always being there for me, and to Renee Young-Trego and Carolyn Serdar for being such amazing supervisors and people. Also, thank you to my advisors and mentors, professors Leslie Cameron and Jeffrey Seymour, for their outstanding guidance throughout my time at Carthage. I am extraordinarily grateful.”
Magdalena Rocha ’19: Graduate Student at UW-Green Bay
After applying to a few schools in Wisconsin, Magdalena Rocha has been accepted and admitted to the Masters of Social Work Program at UW-Green Bay.
“I ultimately decided to go with UW-Green Bay for its small-town feel and location from my hometown,” she explained. “Its also is a good $10,000 cheaper per year than my other options.”
Set to start in September 2019, Magdalena is most excited to become more specialized in her ability to help others.
Although she is off to graduate school, Magdalena has plans to keep Carthage in her life.
“I’ll be returning at least a couple times a year to visit my lovely sorority Sigma Omega Sigma during important events like Homecoming and our Founder’s Day celebrations (my sorority daughter would be quite put off if I didn’t),” she said. “I also plan on peeking in on my Carthage professors during these times.”
Salinya Stulo-Rodriguez ’19: Graduate Student at Marquette University
After learning about Marquette University’s Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing Program from Carthage’s Pre-Health Club, Salinya Stulo-Rodriguez applied and was accepted.
“I am most excited about meeting new people as well as using the liberal arts education I have gained from Carthage to further my knowledge for a career,” she said.
Set to start in May 2019, Salinya believes Carthage’s emphasis on the liberal arts helped her to get accepted.
“I think my liberal arts education was crucial in my acceptance into the Program,” Salinya explained. The Program accepts people from all different backgrounds in education.”
Before heading off to graduate school Salinya has some advice for other students hoping to follow her path.
“My advice to other Carthage students would be to find a career which best fits you. The major that you begin with at Carthage may not be the major that you graduate with, and that is okay,” she said. “The college experience is all about finding yourself and the area where you fit best. When you finally find it, that will be the area that you succeed in.”
Emmet Trost ’19: Project Engineer
Emmet Trost was looking for the chance to grow his skills and experiences after Carthage. Now a project engineer with the James McHugh Construction Co., Emmet will literally be growing the Nashville skyline.
“I am most excited to experience a growing city, and to be a part of the building of the Nashville skyline,” he explained.
Starting in June 2019, Emmet first heard about the position through a connection that got him into the door.
“Once I had the chance to sit down for an interview I was able to display my undeniable work ethic and leadership skills,” he explained.
Emmet thanks the faculty and staff who helped him throughout his career at Carthage and has some advice for other students.
“Thank you to all of my coaches and professors here at Carthage. Your wisdom and guidance have made this opportunity possible for me,” he said. “To other Carthage students: When looking for a job do not get frustrated. Be persistent and explore every opportunity, you never know when you will be in front of the right person at the right time.”
Emily Reinhard ’19: Audit Associate
Emily Reinhard is most excited to jump into the ‘real world’ with her position as an audit associate for Deloitte & Touche in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“Working in audit will be a great experience,” she explained, “and I am excited to start my professional career and see where it takes me.”
Through her connections with Carthage professor Julie Dawson, Emily was able to get a leg up on her competition.
“Julie Dawson has connections to the Milwaukee office, and she recommended me to their recruiter,” Emily said. “This was a huge help in getting my name out there and ultimately getting hired.”
Emily is set to start in September 2019. She thanks the faculty at Carthage for helping her along the way.
“Your teaching shaped me into the person I am today and I could not be more grateful,” she said.
Michael Huff ’19: Graduate Student at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Michael Huff plans to build upon his physics degree from Carthage by attending the Masters of Engineering in Space Engineering Program at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
“I am most excited to learn more in a field I love at one of the best schools in the country,” Michael said.
During his time at Carthage, Michael participated in the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. Michael believes this huge opportunity was one of the reasons for his acceptance to the Space Engineering Program.
“I think I was admitted because of the work I did with the Wisconsin Space Grant and the help I got from the awesome professors in the Physics Department, as well as the support and advice of my fraternity brothers.”
Michael is set to start his work in the Program in Fall 2019.
Makenzie Cool ’19: Graduate Student at the University of Glasgow in Scotland
Makenzie Cool is heading across the Atlantic to attend the University of Glasgow’s one of a kind graduate program Art History: Collecting & Provenance in an International Context.
“The program will focus on studying the history of collecting art and artifacts and the ethics and laws behind it all, including the illegal trafficking of objects,” Makenzie explained.
After researching schools in the U.S., Makenzie found the best options were all located abroad. She eventually ended up choosing Scotland.
“I am most excited about being able to pursue my passions in a beautiful, historic place,” Makenzie said. “The University of Glasgow is hundreds of years old and is one of the only schools in the world to offer a program like the one I am admitted to. I hope to go on and do my PhD there, or possibly law school.”
As she prepares to leave for Scotland in September 2019, Makenzie wishes to thank the faculty at Carthage for making her four years so impactful.
“I want to thank the Classics Department faculty, specifically Professor Chris Renaud, for making sure I was able to study at Carthage and thrive,” Makenzie explained. “I was given so many incredible opportunities that enhanced my undergraduate experience, all thanks to the incredible faculty here.”
Matthew Moore ’19: Financial Advisor
After being hired in February, Matthew Moore is looking forward to his position as financial advisor with Lakeshore Wealth Strategies in Chicago.
“I am most excited to begin my career and to help people reach their financial goals and maintain a comfortable lifestyle prior to and throughout retirement,” he said.
>Matthew originally found the position through LinkedIn and has a start date of June 2019.
“I think my strong motivation and unmatchable work ethic led to me getting hired,” Matthew explained. “In order to succeed, you must challenge yourself and be willing to grow and learn new things. This is what I have found to be the most important factor in finding a job.”
Kai Cromwell ’19: Graduate Student at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia
Kai Cromwell is traveling to the other side of the globe to obtain a Master’s in Marine Science from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
“In addition to spending the next few years studying abroad in Sydney,” Kai explained, “I am eager to begin studying and performing research in hopes of effecting change in regards to global marine conservation and ocean exploration.”
During his time at Carthage, Kai thrived in the Geospatial Science Department. He believes his work within the Program strengthened his application to UNSW and prepped him for grad school.
“I feel that the Geospatial Science Department at Carthage prepared me for a postgraduate program such as this,” he said, “and I believe that my previous work with marine conservation helped seal my acceptance into UNSW.”
Kai has always had a passion for marine science and is excited to continue his studies in the field after a great experience at Carthage.
“I have known for quite some time that I have wanted to study some combination of marine science and oceanography after completing my undergraduate degree,” Kai said. “Until recently, I was unsure if I wanted to complete my master’s degree abroad, but the opportunity from UNSW seemed impossible to turn down.”
Aric Lang ’19: Graduate Student at the University of Copenhagen
Since spending a semester in Caen, France, Aric Lang is returning to Europe, specifically Denmark, to attend the University of Copenhagen’s MSc of Geography and Geoinformatics Program.
“I’m most excited for the opportunity to live in Denmark, embrace Danish culture, and experience more of Europe,” Aric said.
Thinking back, Aric believes his time Carthage prepared him well for acceptance into the Program.
“I think that despite coming from a small school without much research background,” he said, “my academic profile here, including my major-specific courses and interdisciplinary coursework, helped build the profile I needed to be accepted to a major international research university.”
As he prepares to travel to Denmark, Aric has some advice for students looking to follow in his footsteps.
“Take advantage of every opportunity you can,” he explained. “Consider things as simple as building meaningful relationships with professors, to planning your time so you can study abroad either for a semester or for J-Term. Despite our small size, Carthage offers many opportunities to prepare you for life post-graduation, you just need to jump on them!”
Hannah Mack ’19: eCommerce/Digital Marketing Specialist
After completing a successful internship with CNH Industrial, Hannah Mack was offered a full-time position with the company as an eCommerce/Digital Marketing Specialist. She began her position in January 2019 after graduating early from Carthage.
“CNH Industrial was a great place for me to intern,” Hannah said. “Once I graduated in December 2018, I was very excited to start this job and learn all about digital marketing.”
Hannah attributes her hire to the relationships she formed and hard work she accomplished throughout her summer internship with CNH Industrial.
“I believe that knowing many of my co-workers from my internship this past summer helped me get hired, as well as working hard as an intern,” Hannah explained. “It paid off in the end!”
Hannah is grateful to be working full-time in her field straight from graduation and is eager to test out her knowledge and skills in the professional world.
“I am most excited to apply all the skills that I learned at Carthage, as well as learn new ones every day,” she said. “This job is something that I would have never imagined I would be doing right away once I graduated.”
Sean Hughes ’19: Graduate Student of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
After a great experience earning his degree in biology through Carthage’s liberal arts approach, Sean Hughes is excited to focus in on osteopathic medicine at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois.
“I’ve always been fascinated by everything that a biology degree from Carthage entails,” Sean said. “I’ve been able to satisfy my curiosity through all of the courses pertaining to the sciences, as well as the arts. However, I’m excited to be at such a prestigious medical school where all of my classes are specifically tailored toward direct application as a physician.”
Set to start in August 2019, Sean decided on Midwestern after talking with family members and Carthage faculty.
“My brother actually went to Midwestern University for his medical degree so I’ve always had a unique perspective on the program,” Sean explained. “Through my conversations with my brother, my professors here, and with multiple instructors from the University, I knew Midwestern was the best choice for me.”
Sean credits his admission into medical school to his professors and the curriculum at Carthage. He encourages other students to take advantage of all the opportunities for growth offered at Carthage.
“Carthage is unique in how much one-on-one contact students can have with their professors. This place is a goldmine full of highly capable and driven professionals that want nothing other than for students to succeed. They’ll do anything to help students along their journey,” he said. “I know I would not have gotten into medical school if it were not for the specific help and guidance of professors Daniel Choffnes, Paul Martino, David Brownholland, Denise Cook-Snyder, Justin Miller, Jeffrey Seymour, and Daniel Steiner.”
Benjamin Braun ’19: Resident Playwright
Major: Theatre Performance
After working with the Three Brothers Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois, on a musical previously, Benjamin Braun was offered a part-time position as resident playwright.
“I was involved in a musical with the theater last spring,” Benjamin explained. “At one point I emailed the theater’s artistic director a packet of plays I had written, and he soon reached out to me about the residency program. I was brought on board in July.”
Benjamin is eager to continue Carthage’s history of playwriting with his new position. The theatre already has plans to produce one of Benjamin’s plays in October.
“I am most excited for the opportunity to develop, critique, and produce exciting new plays with talented individuals,” he said. “Carthage has a history of developing new plays and I’m thrilled to be continuing my time in that area. One of my shows is being produced this coming October!”
Claire Pfeffer ’19: Graduate Student in Interdisciplinary Life Science at Purdue University
Claire Pfeffer is continuing to develop her research skills and experience in the Interdisciplinary Life Science PhD Program at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. She credits her admittance to the successful career she had at Carthage.
“I have had many opportunities at Carthage that made me a competitive candidate for graduate school,” she said. “I have had research experiences both at Carthage and externally. Additionally, my work in the Writing Center and work in scientific communication has made me stand out from other candidates.”
Set to start in August 2019, Claire thanks the Carthage Biology Department and has some advice for other students.
“I would like to thank the entire Biology Department for fostering my development into a biologist and allowing me to have the opportunities to engage in research,” Claire said. “To other Carthage students, look for all the opportunities that are available to you and don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way.”
Michael Bisciglia ’19: Software Consultant
Major: Computer Science
After graduation, Michael Bisciglia is heading to Indianapolis, Indiana, to work as a software consultant for Appirio.
“What I am most excited for is the ability to work with clients in a business setting, with the responsibility of designing and creating software for their companies,” he said.
Michael first heard about the job from a Carthage alumnus and is set to start in June 2019. He looks back on his time at Carthage fondly and has some advice for current students.
“Thank you to all of the Computer Science Department at Carthage, as well as the rest of the excellent faculty and staff that has made my time here very special to me,” Michael said. “A piece of advice to all current students would be to always work as hard as you can, and always strive to be inspired by others rather than challenged by their success.”
Logan Dolehide ’19: Trade Support Analyst
Major: Accounting and Finance
After Graduating in December, Logan Dolehide started his job as a trade support analyst in January with THL Credit in Chicago, Illinois. Logan was initially excited for the position to gain experience in the financial market.
Logan discovered the THL Credit position online and believes his time at Carthage made him a prime candidate.
“I found this job on LinkedIn,” he explained. “My experience in the classroom at Carthage, my job on campus, and my previous internships likely led to my hiring.”
Kelly Evancich ’19: Recruiter
Major: Criminal Justice
Kelly first heard about her position as a recruiter with RHM Staffing Solutions in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, through a Carthage alumnus.
“I heard about this position through a Carthage alumnus,” she said. “ I believe this factor coupled with my capabilities to effectively communicate allowed me to land this position.”
Set to start in June 2019, Kelly is excited to join the company because of its emphasis on employee satisfaction.
“I am most excited about working for a company that invests heavily in their employees,” Kelly explained. “I believe that employee satisfaction allows a company to maintain a competitive advantage.”
As she prepares to start her new job, Kelly has some advice for current undergraduates looking to follow in her footsteps.
“My advice for Carthage students is to apply for jobs and internships even if they have little to do with your major,” she said. “My internship this past year and my upcoming full-time position had little to do with my actual major but rather my minor. Don’t be afraid to take risks!”
Haoran Liu ’19: Graduate Student of the Manhattan School of Music
Major: Music (with an Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy)
After a successful career at Carthage, Haoran Liu is set to attend the Manhattan School of Music in New York to achieve his Masters of Music in Classical Piano.
Before heading to New York, Haoran would like to thank the Carthage Music Department for all their help throughout his time here.
“I am most thankful for my piano teachers and professors Wael Farouk and Deborah Masloski,” he said. “They always give me a lot of help and suggestions. I want to thank all of the Music Department professors, specifically my advisor Professor Eduardo Garcia-Novelli. He has given me a lot of direction across my college life.”
Megan Weaver ’19: Customer Sales Associate
Megan Weaver is set to start her new job as a customer sales associate in June 2019 with Classic Violins, an instrument rental and sales company based out of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Mundelein, Illinois.
“It’s a great fit for me because it blends writing and organizing skills with the arts, education, and non-profit work,” Megan explained. “I find arts administration to be varied enough that I’m always engaged, but stable enough that I know how to approach each situation with confidence.”
Megan learned about the job from a friend and applied with a strong resume and portfolio.
“I learned about this job through a friend! She was visiting the Kenosha store and she saw that they had a job opening. She immediately thought of me,” she said. “I also put together a portfolio for every job or internship I apply for. My portfolio includes my resume, my business card, writing samples, and graphic design samples.”
As she prepares to start her new position, Megan thanks Carthage for her time at the College and has some advice for underclassmen.
“I’m incredibly thankful for the growth I’ve been able to make here at the college,” she said. “I’ve had opportunities that challenged me to improve and that changed my opinions of my own capabilities. I would tell other students to keep thinking creatively and find ways to personalize their college experience to their needs.”
Sarah Ciombor ’19: Graduate Student in Occupational Therapy
Sarah Ciombor is continuing her studies and following her drive to help others with a graduate school career in occupational therapy.
“I am most excited about pursuing my passion for helping others reach their utmost abilities and goals in life,” Sarah said. “I also cannot wait to learn more and go back to school! Especially since this master’s degree will be more specific to my future career.”
Sarah thanks the faculty and academic experience at Carthage for encouraging her studies and developing high standards.
“My experience and academics were two big factors in my admittance into graduate school,” she explained. “However, without the drive and standards held from my professors, I would not be where I am today. The wonderful staff at Carthage added the gasoline to my academic spark, and I am forever grateful.”
Rachel Griggs-Hall ’19: Graduate Student at the University of Iowa
Major: Women and Gender Studies
Rachel Griggs-Hall couldn’t be more excited to start a new chapter of her life in Iowa City, Iowa, attending the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa.
“I am most excited about the new opportunities going to school in Iowa City,” Rachel said. “The research program at the University of Iowa is ranked highly, so I am excited to see where that goes! I am also super excited to live in an area with so many people. I love meeting new people so it will be interesting to see how everything pans out!”
After learning about the University in middle school, Rachel has always had her eye on graduate school in Iowa.
“I learned about the University of Iowa growing up from my 6th-grade teacher who graduated there and is a huge fan,” she explained. “I’ve been planning to go there for my master’s since I declared my major at Carthage in 2017. The University of Iowa has a well known Social Work Program which will provide a lot of opportunities for me.”
Set to start in June 2019, Rachel remembers her time at Carthage fondly and thanks an abundance of faculty at Carthage, her friends, and family for all the help along the way.
Alissa Marek-Spartz ’19: Community Outreach Coordinator
Alissa Marek-Spartz is heading to Greenville, South Carolina, to work as the community outreach coordinator for Habitat for Humanity through AmeriCorps.
“I am most excited about experiencing a different part of our country with a different culture and getting to know the local community there,” Alissa said. “I hope to make connections to strengthen the impact of Habitat for Humanity there.”
Alissa believes her experiences at Carthage helped to prepare her for her new position.
“I was monitoring a few options for a service year including AmeriCorps positions and when I saw this one it sounded perfect for me,” she said. “Because of my experience working with the Carthage Office of Research and Evaluation Services (CORES), I have had some experience working with different parts of the Kenosha community, which I think was very influential relevant experience.”
She is set to start in September 2019.
Ashleigh Aybar ’19: Market Research Analyst
After graduation, Ashleigh Aybar is staying in Kenosha with her new job as a market research analyst at Snap-On Incorporated.
“I am most excited about implementing more quantitative research and location intelligence into the everyday work within my department,” she said.
Ashleigh learned about the position through an internship that she completed previously.
“I learned about the internship that lead to this position through LinkedIn,” she explained. “I think the critical thinking skills I’ve learned through my courses at Carthage is a large part of why I was hired. Another reason was for my skill within excel, and my interest in implementing new ideas into our work!”
Ashleigh thanks the faculty members at Carthage encouraging her growth and has a message for other students. She is set to start her job in June 2019.
“I’d like to thank Professor Julio Rivera for teaching me just about everything I know about market research and for opening my eyes to quantitative research,” she explained. “As for my other professors, thank you so much for the endless support that I’ve received these past 4-ish years! To fellow Carthage students, I would advise you all to try and build strong one-on-one relationships with your professors; believe it or not, they have incredible connections, insight, and guidance!”
Benjamin Wawczak ’19: Software Engineer
Major: Computer Science
Benjamin Wawczak is excited to start a new job and stay in the Kenosha-Racine area as a software engineer at Badger Meter in Racine, Wisconsin.
“I am most excited to be able to use the skills that I have learned at Carthage while working for a real company making real decisions,” he said. Working on projects with my professors and other classmates has been fun, but I’m ready to take it to the next level. I’m also excited that I will be able to stay in the Kenosha-Racine area as I have come to enjoy it over the past 4 years.”
He found the position online and is set to start in July 2019.
“I had been searching on Indeed.com and after reading the application and looking into the company, I liked the sound of the position so I applied,” Benjamin explained. “I really think that the Carthage education has helped me prepare for this opportunity. In one of the interviews, I was told that they really liked my hands on project experience compared to some of the other candidates from different schools.”
Benjamin thanks his Department and is grateful for the opportunity to have been on the Men’s Swim and Dive team.
“I would like to thank the entire Computer Science Department, the professors, and students, for guiding me in the right direction and allowing great opportunities along the way, he said. “Being a part of the Men’s Swim and Dive team I’d also like to thank my coaches Seth Weidmann and Beth DeLaRosby for their support in and out of the pool.”
As he prepares to leave Carthage, Benjamin has some advice for current underclassmen.
“My advice to other students is to just simply give it everything you got,” he said. “I feel like that goes for everything in life. If you put all your effort into something that you care about then the results will most always make you happy. It’s important to get involved and take any opportunity that you get even if you are unsure of where it will lead you.”
Benjamin Woroch ’19: English Teacher with the Peace Corps in Cambodia
Major: Political Science with a concentration in International Relations
Benjamin Woroch will be traveling to Cambodia to serve in the Peace Corps as a primary and secondary education English teacher. He plans to start in July 2019.
He is excited to expand his worldview and become a friend to the people of Cambodia.
“I joined the Peace Corps to see the world in a new way, not as a tourist but as a friend, a neighbor, and a contributing member of society,” he said.
Meghan Meehan ’19: Fourth Grade Teacher
After graduation, Meghan Meehan will be beginning her career in education as a fourth-grade teacher at Dean Street Elementary School in Woodstock, Illinois.
“I’m excited to meet all my students and empower them to succeed,” she said.
The opportunity arose from a connection within the school district. Meghan believes having two majors helped her get hired.
“I learned about the position from a principal from the school district,” she explained. “I believe my double majors in elementary and special education helped make me even more qualified for this position.”
Meghan is set to start in August 2019 and thanks Carthage’s faculty members for all of their help along the way.
“Thank you to all my professors for supporting me, encouraging me, and helping me the past four years,” Meghan
Katelyn Switzer ’19: Marketing Associate
Katelyn Switzer will begin work as a marketing associate with BKD in Oakbrook, Illinois, after her graduation from Carthage. She is excited and ready to show her skills in a wide variety of projects and events with the company.
“I am most excited to be involved in a variety of marketing initiatives, ranging from events to digital campaigns, all while utilizing my background in analytics,” she said. “I cannot wait to make an impact at a company that not only has strong values but also truly cares about their employees.”
She learned of the position online and is set to start in June 2019. Katelyn believes opportunities in her major at Carthage led to her hire.
“I think a variety of my academic and professional experiences led to me being hired,” she explained. “My on-campus Management and Marketing Department Fellowship has given me robust experience working with market research and location intelligence. In addition to this, the consulting work I have done and certifications that I have earned through Carthage furthered my professional skills with both software and client relations. Lastly, I believe my Summer 2018 internship in experiential marketing further differentiated me from other candidates.”
For other students hoping to be hired before graduation, Katelyn has some advice.
“I would encourage students to take advantage of the ‘real world’ experiences provided both by faculty and organizations on campus,” she said. “Participate in networking opportunities and do what you can to differentiate yourself for future internships and jobs.”
Suneed Ahmed ’19: Graduate Assistant Coach
Major: Exercise and Sport Science
Suneed Ahmed is continuing towards his dream job of head coach with his new position as graduate assistant coach for Utica College cross country and track and field.
“This is a huge opportunity for me to continue my education and gain important experience for my dream job (head xctf coach),” he said. “I look forward to working with the Utica college xctf team because they are in a unique position where I hope to be able to give a positive impact as soon as I start!”
Suneed discovered the opportunity through a career specific website, USTFCCCA.
“There’s a website called USTFCCCA that shows job postings for track-related jobs for almost every college in the US,” he explained. “I had a lot of experience working for my coach in ways that would help me be a good fit for Utica college. They wanted a GA that would have a different view of training and connections somewhere new. They also wanted a GA that liked recruiting and had experience with recruiting athletes, which I was fortunate to have by doing work study with Coach Josh Henry at Carthage.”
Starting at Utica in August 2019, Suneed thanks all of his professors and coaches at Carthage for their help.
“I want to thank all my professors, especially Tony Pustina for helping me with my thesis, Cynthia Allen for helping me stay focused and choosing to switch majors to EXS, Rebekah Johnson for helping me find quality jobs and also keeping me focused on academics, and Coach Josh Henry for helping me with almost anything imaginable in my 4 years here.”
Danielle Wheeler ’19: Commercial Lines Underwriter
After being hired in November 2018, Danielle Wheeler started her position as a commercial lines underwriter with Acuity Insurance in January 2019. The company is located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
“I am excited to grow and develop professionally,” Danielle said.
Danielle became acquainted with the company after a visit they took to Kenosha.
“Acuity came to Carthage in the fall and offered applicants a phone interview,” she explained.
As she continues to grow at her new job, Danielle thanks Carthage faculty for getting her to this point.
“Thank you to all of the professors who pushed me to do more than I thought I could,” she said.
Joseph Wonsil ’19: Graduate Student at the University of British Colombia in Vancouver, Canada
Joseph Wonsil will be pursuing a graduate degree in computer science at the University of British Colombia in Vancouver, Canada, starting in September.
“I am excited about the opportunity to pursue research in a field I am passionate about,” Joseph said.
Joseph was connected with the University through an opportunity at Harvard before applying to the graduate program.
“I worked with a professor from the University of British Columbia the summer before my senior year through an undergraduate research program at Harvard,” he explained.
A triple major at Carthage, Joseph stresses the importance of connecting with Carthage faculty and thanks them for their help.
“I would never have had this opportunity if it wasn’t for the fantastic faculty who taught me everything I know here. To them, thank you so much,” he said. “My advice to other students is that you only have a limited amount of time here, make sure you make it worth it, study but also have fun.”
Erika Williams ’19: Graduate Student at George Williams College
Major: Social Work
Erika Williams plans to attend George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, after graduating from Carthage.
“I am most excited to dive into the Healthcare specialization,” she explained.
Set to start in Fall 2019, Erika thanks those in her department at Carthage and looks forward to the future.
“Thank you to Carthage’s Social Work Department,” she said.
Amy Stephan ’19: 7th Grade ELA Teacher
Major: Elementary Education
Since her childhood, Amy Stephan has dreamed of becoming a teacher. Thanks to a successful career in Carthage’s Elementary Education Department, Amy will be starting as a 7th grade ELA teacher at La Vista Middle School in La Vista, Nebraska after graduation.
“I’ve waited to have my own classroom since I was a little girl and the time has finally come,” Amy explained. “I can’t wait to meet my students and push them to reach their full potential during the 2019-2020 school year.”
To find her job, Amy applied to positions vigorously and eventually received the call from La Vista.
“I started applying for every open teaching position in the Omaha area that I could find,” she said. “When I received my first call for an initial phone interview I was shopping at Target. I remained calm and collected, while also being confident with my answers. I got a call back later that day for a formal interview and received the job offer the same day I interviewed. I trusted myself and the process, knowing if it was meant to be, it would be.”
Amy will begin her new job in August 2019.
Emily Mazius ’19: Assitant to the Door County Kinetic Arts Festival
Major: English with an emphasis in creative writing
In June, English major Emily Mazius will become an assistant for the Door County Kinetic Arts Festival in Door County, Wisconsin.
“I’m excited about learning how a festival is created, organized, and made enjoyable for the people involved,” she said.
Before being hired in March 2019, Emily was tipped off to the opportunity by faculty members in her department.
“I saw an email from the theater professors on campus and decided to check it out,” Emily explained. “I will be forever grateful for everyone for their tremendous amount of support and patience, during my years here.”
Aubrey Quick ’19: Clearing Compliance Analyst
After completing two successful summer internships with CME Group in Chicago, Illinois, Aubrey Quick was offered a full-time position as a clearing compliance analyst.
“I interned with CME Group both in 2017 and 2018 as part of their Summer Internship Program,” Aubrey explained. “I worked in the Clearing Compliance Department as an intern last summer and was lucky enough to form some really great relationships with my co-workers and managers. I had made it clear that I would love to stay with CME after graduation, and when an analyst position in the Department opened up, I was one of the first people considered.”
Aubrey is set to start in June 2019 and couldn’t be more excited to work with the company she has already grown so close to.
“I’m most excited about starting my career with such an innovative and well-respected company,” she said. “One of my favorite things about CME Group is that I’m surrounded by the best and brightest people in the industry every single day. I’ve learned so much in my two summers as an intern, and I can’t wait to develop personally and professionally in a full-time position.”
For undergraduate students looking to be hired before graduation, Aubrey recommends forming strong connections with department faculty and other students.
“I would strongly recommend taking the time to build relationships with your professors,” she said. “The professors at Carthage are some of the best in their fields, and small class sizes create the perfect opportunity to get to know them on a more personal level. Being a part of the Management, Political Science, and Economics Departments has given me the opportunity to get to know some really incredible professors, and I certainly wouldn’t be where I am without them. I’m extremely appreciative for all the help I’ve received along the way, but I’d especially like to thank Julio Rivera, Greg Barron, Jennifer Clark, Colleen O’Brien, and Jennifer Madden for the extra support!”
Evita Reyes ’19: Tax Exemption Analyst
Hired in April 2019, Evita Reyes is now a tax exemption analyst at Uline in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.
“I am excited to practically use my degree and grow professionally,” she said.
The English and finance major found the job online and started in May.
“I was recruited by an agency thanks to my Indeed and LinkedIn profile,” Evita explained.
Hannah-Mae Engstrom ’19: Seater at Walt Disney World
Major: Music Theatre
After completing the Disney College Program two times previously, Hannah-Mae Engstrom has been hired as a seater at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
“I most excited to be back with the Disney Company making magic and hopefully auditioning for roles in the Orlando area or for cruise lines,” she explained.
Set to start the position in June 2019, Hannah-Mae believes her past experiences with Disney were influential in her hiring.
“I have done the Disney College Program two other times which I feel helped me get hired for this position,” she said.
Sarah Lyman ’19: Graduate Student at Carthage College
After graduation, Sarah Lyman will be continuing her education at Carthage in the Master of Science in Business Design and Innovation Program.
“The BDI Program is all about creativity and innovation,” Sarah said. “In today’s world, innovation is at the forefront of every aspect of our lives. Furthering my education to carry these critical skills into the workforce and put myself at a competitive level is what I am most looking forward to and am excited about.”
Because of her close relationship with the creator of the Program, Sarah felt she could not pass up the opportunity to be involved.
“Dr. Jennifer Madden, who created the BDI Program, was the first professor I had at Carthage within my major study,” Sarah explained. “She and I have an electric collaborative relationship and one that we have built over the course of my four years at Carthage. I know what she’s capable of, and not being a part of this program was not something I could be satisfied with.”
Sarah encourages other students to focus on their passions and rely on the supportive Carthage community during their four years.
“My advice to Carthage students would be to find things on campus, like athletics, academics, clubs, or organizations, to immerse yourself in. Whatever it is, find it and give it your all,” Sarah said. “Quality over quantity is key. If you find yourself halfway through your time at Carthage and think you want to change your mind regarding your area of study, that’s OK, that’s why you’re here. You’ve got wonderful faculty, professors, friends, and family to help guide you and support you.”
Spencer Bingham ’19: Graduate Student at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
After a successful career at Carthage, Chemistry and Theatre major Spencer Bingham will be attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities to pursue a PhD in Materials Science.
“I am most excited to focus and train as a professional scientist,” he said. “My last four years have been the definition of a liberal arts education with my two contrasting majors, and I’m ready to apply all the skills I have learned to participate in something much bigger than myself: the scientific community.”
Beginning his graduate studies in August 2019, Spencer is excited to expand his career opportunities with the degree.
“I had known for some time that I wanted to pursue a PhD, and the desire was really solidified during my internship at Johnson Space Center,” Spencer explained. “With a terminal degree in the STEM field, I saw that my future was wide open with unlimited potential, and I wanted that kind of opportunity in my reach.”
Reflecting on his time at Carthage, Spencer thanks both of his departments for their help over the years.
“I would like to thank professors Chris Blaine and John Kirk in the Chemistry Department for all of their support and assistance, and Prof. Martin McClendon in the Theatre Department for instilling in me a passion for service,” he said. “To current students, I say: Find what you like and ask the faculty what it takes to get it. Apply for everything, and use internships to learn more about yourself and what you want for your life as a whole.”
Neely Hoegen ’19: French Teacher at La Follette High School in Madison, Wisconsin
After hard work in the French and secondary education departments at Carthage, Neely Hoegen will be teaching at French at La Follette High School in Madison, Wisconsin.
“I am most excited to have my own classroom,” Neely said. “I’ve spent a lot of time preparing to become a teacher and I am excited to plan lessons, decorate my classroom, and to meet my students in the Fall. I will have the unique opportunity of teaching all levels of French and this will allow me to develop relationships with my students and watch them grow throughout their time at La Follette.”
Before being hired in May, Neely heard about the opportunity through a networking group and prepared well before her interview.
“I learned about this job through French Teacher network groups,” she explained. “I did a lot of research and I prepared teaching materials to take with to the interview. It allowed me to showcase my skills and gave me something to reference, instead of just talking.”
With school starting in August, Neely thanks all of her professors at Carthage for their help and encouragement.
Laura Hammock ’19: Graduate Student at the University of Amsterdam
Although Laura Hammock never envisioned going to graduate school, she will be attending the University of Amsterdam to obtain a master’s degree in Behavioral Neuroscience.
“It was a slow day at work in the TWC office so I decided to randomly look at grad schools,” Laura said. “I had already made up my mind that I was not going to go and had been in contact with potential employers back home. I came upon the UvA website and watched their informational video. I was hooked. I finished the application not even an hour later. I honestly didn’t think I would get in. Ironically, a month later I attended a conference for Model UN across the street from the University building I will be in most often.”
Beginning her studies in September 2019, Laura is excited to join a new cohort overseas.
“I am ready to dive deeper into the world of Neuroscience with a group of people just as excited as I am,” she explained. “I am looking forward to exploring new places and meeting new faces. It is going to be hard leaving the country, but I have so many people rooting for me. I can’t wait!”
Before heading off to the The Netherlands, Laura would like to thank all of the faculty members that made her journey at Carthage possible.
“There are so many professors I wish I could thank. There are so many who opened my eyes to the world, and made me realize that I wasn’t dumb and that I could achieve anything I dreamed,” she said. “I would like to take a moment to acknowledge Daniel Miller, Paul Martino, and Kevin Crosby for writing last-minute letters of recommendation and for the years of support. The encouragement you gave made a lasting impact on me. I would also like to thank Denise Cook-Snyder. Without your guidance, I would not have ended up where I did, and it has meant the world to me.”
Laura also had some advice for her fellow Carthaginians.
“I urge you to seek out every and any opportunity,” she said. “They do not have to be in your major. In fact, do stuff outside your major. This is where you will learn who you are, what you can do, and make friendships you never dreamed of. Reach out to people. We all struggle sometimes and leaning on someone can make a world of difference. It’s okay to feel dumb, just know that you aren’t. It’s okay to feel sad, just know that the sunny days will come again. I am forever thankful for Model UN and the ladies of Kappa Phi Eta for making Carthage a home.”
Bryanna Barrera ’19: Graduate Student at the University of Texas - Austin
After a successful career in the English Department at Carthage, Bryanna Barrera will further her studies as a graduate student of the University of Texas - Austin.
“I am most excited to continue learning and represent Carthage at a larger university,” she said.
Bryanna was accepted to the University in March 2019 and will begin school in August.
“I wanted to pursue a graduate degree immediately because after writing my thesis, I decided I was not satisfied with the idea of moving on to a 9-5 job. I was much more interested in continuing my research and diving deeper into literary studies,” she explained.
Bryanna thanks the English Department faculty and Carthage for her success and the fond memories.
“I am so incredibly grateful for the English Department. Thank you to professors Alyson Kiesel, Shannon Brennan, and Maria Carrig specifically for pushing me towards this path and helping me navigate the application and decision process. I am eternally grateful to Carthage for the amazing education I have received and it will always have a special place in my heart!”