Marisa Wilson

Class Year

’14

Hometown

Loda, Ill.

Major(s)

Art History

Minor(s)

Business

Marisa Wilson grew up taking weekend trips to visit Chicago museums. As she grew older, her family started to travel to new parts of the country and even abroad. By Marisa’s freshman year of high school, she knew she wanted to study art history. “I love other cultures and the stories art tells us,” she said. 

At Carthage, Marisa found both a beautiful campus and an art history major — something many colleges don’t offer. Since arriving, she’s found even more reasons to love it here. “I have great relationships with my teachers, and all the resources I need to be a great student,”  she said.

One of those “great resources” is Carthage’s Study Abroad program. Marisa is currently studying abroad in Florence, Italy. “I am taking four art history classes right now, and I cannot get enough art! The amount of masterpieces I have seen cannot be counted.” 

After graduation she plans to work in a museum as a curator. “Carthage classes have helped me immensely, not only in the challenging and rewarding art history classes, but in offering great internship opportunities.”  

“I feared what all freshman students worry about: making friends. I was overwhelmed by the Carthage community and the friends I have made. I was so surprised at how fast I made friends, and how fast I made Carthage my home.”

Marisa Wilson, ’14

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

“After being a part of the Art Department for most of my time at Carthage, I have come to respect Anne Cassidy. She always makes me reach higher and higher than I thought I could.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class was Cabinets of Curiosities. I took this class during J-Term my freshman year, and I loved everything about it. We spent the whole month traveling around to museums and exploring the history behind them.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class so far has to be Research Methods for my major. It was a struggle, but I can say that I am a better research writer for taking it.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moment at Carthage was the first time Carthage shut down campus for a huge snow storm.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The new Campbell Student Union has to be my favorite spot on campus. The big comfy red chair has become a meeting spot for me and my friends.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I feared when coming to Carthage what all freshman students worry about: making friends. I was overwhelmed by the Carthage community and the friends I have made. I was so surprised at how fast I made friends, and how fast I made Carthage my home.”

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

“Get ready to work! And always ask for help. It is at your fingertips all the time. Also, go outside the box. You will learn new and amazing things and have a new respect for art. Lastly, study abroad. You will not regret it!”