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We asked: What did you learn at the Aspire Conference?

September 30, 2019

With more than 80 different events to choose from at the Aspire Conference, there were many opportunities to learn something new.

We asked: What did you learn at the Aspire Conference? 

Giant Lite-Brite at innaugural Aspire Conference. 

“I learned you don’t have to have an exact idea of your career. If you look for opportunities, everything will fall into place.” — Rheanna Weaver ’23

A student climbs the rock wall during a session at the 2019 Aspire Conference.

“I learned that it is important to step out of your comfort zone and try things you never thought you might try.” — Autumn Williams ’22

“My biggest takeaway was seeing the alumni that were in my position once at Carthage. I made sure to listen to their tips and tricks and it was great to hear from the alumni in my field especially.” — Jimmy Cosgrove ’21

Bill Blagg gives the keynote address at 2019 Aspire Conference

“I learned that when you graduate from college, it isn’t the end. It really is just the beginning.” — Emanuel Osorio ’22

“I have to network a lot and explore my options within my field. I shouldn’t limit my opportunities — I should look for them within the community.” — Edelmar Morales-Rivera ’23

Marie Tredway ’17 speaks with a group of students at the 2019 Aspire Conference.

“You don’t have to be brilliant to be an entrepreneur, but it helps to have a good understanding of the humanities.” — Zach Gibson ’23

“My biggest take-away is to follow what you want to do but take steps to explore along the way.” — Rebecca Van Ruden ’23

Tessa Rundle ’16 speaks to students at the 2019 Aspire Conference.

“The way Ms. Pritchett talked made me calm down and realize that no matter what path I follow, I’ll see where it takes me. I don’t need to be so worried about it.” — Isabel Matthei, ’21

Dominique Pritchett ’07 speaks at 2019 Aspire Conference

“I have to be willing to seek support from others; to ask for help as I’m trying to reach my goals.” — Abby Zera ’21

“I learned about the number of possibilities for your education. It’s okay to make mistakes and change your major. There are a lot more options than you think.” — Alyssa Rodway ’22

Torchie is excited about the inaugural Aspire Conference!

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