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Kenoshans at Carthage

Tara Smith '19Tara Smith ’19 

MAJOR: English
MINOR: Secondary Education
LIVES: Off campus; commutes to campus

Are you a commuter or campus resident?
“I lived on campus my first two years and then moved back home for junior year and into an apartment senior year.”

Why did you choose Carthage?
“I became interested in Carthage specifically for the Kenosha Scholarship competition. Carthage was not really a school that I considered until I started preparing for the competition. There were some great programs and opportunities listed on the website and being on campus for the competition was awesome. The faculty were incredibly nice and I felt like I was already a part of the Carthage community. Luckily the competition went favorably and I was able to afford to come to Carthage.”

Did you always plan to come to Carthage?
“Absolutely not. As a Kenosha resident, I expected to go far for college. It wasn’t viewed as ‘cool’ to go to school in your hometown. Also, I kind of felt like I was maybe selling myself short by staying in town and not experiencing anything new. However, everything when it comes to college is new so that was just a stupid thought.

“Another reason why I thought that I would never go to Carthage is because my older brother attended. He is two years older and was a junior when I was a freshman. I didn’t want people to think that I followed him to school, and I wanted to have my own college experience, which of course I did but for some reason I didn’t think I would.”

Why did you choose to commute?
“Freshman and sophomore years I lived on campus. As a freshman I felt that I needed to live on campus to get the college experience and feel like I ‘went away’ for school. I also knew that if I didn’t live on campus, I would have been less inclined to join things and meet new people. I am on the swim team and I felt that living on campus would have been a lot easier to manage the different practice schedules. I decided to move off campus because I was getting really sick and discovered a lot of allergies. I needed to change my diet, which was a lot easier to manage at home where I could cook.”

Why should other Kenosha residents consider Carthage?
“The academic opportunities at Carthage are incredible. I have experienced opportunities that my friends at larger schools don’t even have the option of experiencing. I feel as though I am more prepared for post grad than my other friends, and I am actually graduating on time. I know several people from Kenosha who went to larger schools who are not graduating on time and/or had to transfer. The academics are obviously incredible, but so is the social life. I have so many friends from so many different circles. I feel as though I can be friends with anyone, which creates a really warm community.”

What is your favorite part about being so close to home?
“I am very close to my family and family friends. I am really lucky to be close to home so that I can go to important events. My cousins play high school sports and I am able to catch a game here and there.”

What is the biggest surprise you’ve experienced as a Kenoshan at Carthage?
“I think my biggest surprise is how much more I have begun to appreciate Kenosha. Hearing non-Kenosha people talk about their hometowns compared to Kenosha makes me really appreciative to live here.”

Do you feel included in the school community? What has Carthage done to make you feel included?
“I feel very included in the school community. I feel very welcomed in all aspects of the community, too. I have great relationships with my English professors and classmates. I am on the swim and dive team, which has given me an incredible family on campus and many friends. I am also in Greek life. Through my swim and Greek life communities, I really feel at home at Carthage. Carthage has given me so many great lifelong friendships.”

Advice to potential Kenosha residents coming to Carthage?
“Come to Carthage! Kenosha residents are so excited to move away but a great college experience is right in our back yard! Try not to lean on friends that might still be in high school and branch out to make new friends on campus.”

Many Kenosha students worry about coming to Carthage because they want to feel like they’re living away from home. What would you say to them?
“Live on campus. Living on campus is still considered going away to college because you aren’t in the same home as your parents. Don’t use younger high school friends as a safety blanket. Do not go home until November.”

Do you feel that you are getting the full college experience?
“My college experience has been incredible. At Carthage I am able to do everything; excel academically, have a job on campus (and off), be an athlete, and be in Greek life. At very few schools is one able to do it all.”

Favorite spot in Kenosha?
“Carthage. Our campus is so beautiful, and it’s where all of my friends are. Carthage is my home.”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), 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 75% tuition 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 …

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