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Sara Butler ’17


Rockton, Illinois


English, History



Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is probably Seattle’s Best coffee shop. It’s nice to grab some coffee and find a quiet corner in the Union and read for a while.”

Sara Butler is passionate about two subjects: History and English. At Carthage, she’s excited to have the opportunity to study both.

“In order to understand where our society is headed, we need to understand our past by trying to learn from the mistakes of others,” she said. “With English as a major, I am exposed to great pieces of literature, and I develop critical skills to think about and express my ideas.”

In the future, she hopes to become an attorney in the Chicago area.

Career goal

“I hope to attend law school and become a practicing attorney in the Chicago area.”

Favorite professor

Professor Maria Carrig really opened my eyes to how important it is, and how accomplished you feel, when you remain determined and focused, even when you’re struggling with a challenging topic.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class was Western Heritage II. I felt like the texts we read in class were so different from anything that I’d read before, and the way we analyzed them improved my critical thinking skills immensely.”

Toughest class

“My most challenging class at Carthage so far has been Understandings of Religion. It was difficult to find a way to organize my thoughts and notes in a way that stuck in my mind.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I love the Hannibal Lectures that discuss relevant topics and literature that I’m studying. Because of those lectures, I had the opportunity to have dinner with Dr. Wendy Doniger from the University of Chicago, who focuses on researching and teaching Hinduism and mythology.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“Many of my favorite memories happened when I was playing pool in the Union with my friends. We spend a lot of time there hanging out.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“My biggest surprise so far is how much I enjoy learning about things I actually care about. It’s so much easier to go to class when you’re studying something you’re passionate about.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“My 8-year-old self would probably not be surprised by my decision, but she might be a little disappointed that I’m not pursuing a writing career.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“I would advise students to consider each school day as a ‘work’ day and work from 9 to 5 so that readings don’t pile up and you can still have fun with your friends at night.”


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