Kara Omark

Class Year

’14

Hometown

Palatine, Ill.

Major(s)

Criminal Justice

Kara Omark went back and forth her whole life deciding what she wanted to do for a living. Then she picked the criminal justice path. She hasn’t looked back since.

“September 11th had a lot to do with my decision,” she said. “I believe deeply in justice and that people need to make amends for their actions, but I also think that people are human and need to be given second chances.” 

Carthage opened Kara’s eyes to the prison system and recidivism rates, and that’s why she would ultimately like to teach in prisons.

“My professors are helpful with job opportunities, information in the field, helping me prepare for life after Carthage, and are just a great support system in general.” 

“Once I picked criminal justice, I never looked back. It’s a field with so much to do and holds so many opportunities.” 

Kara Omark, ’14

Career goal

“I hope to work either in law enforcement or in the corrections area of a prison. I would ultimately love to teach in prison and give inmates a second chance once they are released.” 

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

“Kate Johnson!” 

Favorite class

“All my criminal justice classes, but probably Crime in the Media and Juvenile Delinquency.” 

Campus involvement

“I am on outreach for InterVaristy, secretary for Pi Delta Chi, vice president for Active Minds, a team leader for Colleges Against Cancer, an orientation leader this past year, and I was a member of TORCH for two years.”

Toughest class

“Constitutional Law II. It was a handful! But I learned a lot and loved what I was able to gain from the class.” 

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“When I won Active Minds Member of the Year. That was such an incredible moment for me. It is an organization I care deeply about, and I was so thankful for the opportunities given to me.” 

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the lake! I love walking down by it. It’s so calming.” 

Biggest surprise so far

“How much I have grown and learned — not only in the classroom, but also about myself as a person.” 

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

“My 8-year-old self would be very blown away that I get food whenever I want. I think I would be happy knowing that I am doing what I love with awesome people.”

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

“Go for it! Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. I have gotten nothing but support from all my professors and classmates. It’s a field that is interesting and needs people with a passion for the job.”