Trevor Wiles

Class Year

’14

Hometown

Antioch, Ill.

Major(s)

Sociology

Minor(s)

Criminal Justice

Ask Trevor Wiles why he applied to Carthage, and he’ll say it just felt right. Well, that and “its academic excellence, passionate professors, pristine view of the lake, and engaging residence life.” He’s now majoring in sociology with a minor in criminal justice.

“In my mind there is nothing more important than attempting to understand the social world,” Trevor said. “The Sociology Department at Carthage gives me the tools to do so, and the drive to expand upon my skill sets.”

He loves that the department’s faculty encourage students to speak their minds in class. “The professors engage the class in such a way as to bring out the brilliance in every student. Most of the classes are discussion-based.”  

While the courses come with a lot of work, that work builds toward something. “The bulk of the work is readings, which substantially contribute to the student’s base of knowledge,” he said. “There is no busy work in this department.”  

After Trevor graduates, he hopes to attend law school and become a lawyer. “I also hope to work in the realm of advocacy campaigns and possibly become a professor or a judge at some point.”  

“There are a great number of brilliant and wonderful teachers here at Carthage.”

Trevor Wiles, ’14

Career goal

“I plan to attend law school and become a lawyer. I also hope to work in the realm of advocacy campaigns and possibly become a professor or a judge at some point.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“The beauty of the Sociology Department is that this question is without a doubt impossible to answer. I could proclaim Rick Matthews for his dynamic and energetic style of teaching, Bill Miller for his lovable quirkiness and brilliance, Ellen Hauser for her passion and dedication to foreign affairs, Wayne Thompson for his dedication to mentoring his students, Stephen Lyng for his ability to navigate the labyrinth that is social theory and somehow still manage to make it teachable, or Michelle Stander for her approach to building passion in the hearts of her sociology students. To put it simply, there are a great number of brilliant and wonderful teachers here at Carthage.”

Favorite class

“My favorite sociology class to date would have to be Juvenile Delinquency.” 

Campus involvement

“I am the president of the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, captain of the Mock Trial team, and president of ONE. I am also a resident assistant, a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, an honors students, and am proud to call myself a Phi Kap.”

Toughest class

“I would argue that Logic of Sociological Inquiry is perhaps the hardest class that I have ever taken in the Sociology Department.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Winning my first Outstanding Attorney Award while at a competition for Mock Trial.”

Favorite spot on campus

“I have always held a soft spot for the benches by the Kissing Rock. My worst nights have been made better by sitting on those benches listening to the waves crash against the rocks.”

Biggest surprise so far

“How quickly time flies while in college will always be the biggest surprise and mystery. I cannot express how much I will miss being here once I have moved on.”  

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Do the reading as it is assigned and do all of it. I cannot begin to tell how many times I have seen a student neglect their reading only to find that the class had suddenly become ‘impossible.’ Sociology is doable, but the time has to be put in to do it. Also, when writing a term paper, be hesitant when picking the path least traveled. Common topics may seem redundant, but the professors are grading your ability to formulate a social argument, not your ability to produce original work. You have time to do that!”