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Student Voices

Janet Haro ’18


Mundelein, Ill.


Chemistry (Pre-Pharmacy)

Favorite spot on campus

“One of my favorite spots is actually my dorm, Tarble Hall, because it has a view of the lake. Also, my friends come in all the time just to hang out with my roommate and me.”

Janet Haro ’18 has always been interested in science and math, and once she decided to go to school for pre-pharmacy, she knew Carthage was the right choice. “I chose Carthage because I loved the program they had for my major. The small class sizes that Carthage offers are very beneficial and the professors really care about their students’ success.”

Since being at Carthage, Janet has been involved in Pre-Health Club which has aided her in thinking about her long-term goals. “In Pre-Health Club we’ve discussed graduate school, plans after Carthage, and speakers have come in to speak about opportunities at specific schools.”

Janet plans to become a pharmacist so she can incorporate the passion she has for science into her everyday life. “I want to treat illnesses and help individuals feel better. Pharmacy gives me the opportunity to make a difference in treating others.”

Career goal

“I hope to become a pharmacist.”

Favorite professor

Christine Blaine has had an impact on my Carthage career because she is just so friendly. When she heard I was a chemistry major, she wanted to sit with me to talk about the classes I would need for the rest of my college career. She didn’t have to do that, so I deeply appreciated it. Because of that, I realized how much the professors at Carthage do care about their students’ success.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class has been General Chemistry II because my professor was very funny and she made the material easy to understand.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class so far has been Western Heritage. In the class you have to analyze a lot of book sections to understand the story’s full meaning. This is not one of my strengths, but because we had to do it in this class, I was able to understand the assigned readings much better.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Through Pre-Health Club I had to opportunity to volunteer at the Go Red Heart Run/Walk.”

Campus involvement

“I belong to the Pre-Health Club where we’ve discussed graduate school and other plans after Carthage. Speakers have also come in to speak about opportunities at specific schools.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“One of my favorite moments at Carthage was meeting my Resident Assistant for the first time. She came into my dorm to say hello and introduce herself, and ended up staying and talking with my roommate and I for a long time. She was very friendly and funny so I felt very comfortable being part of my floor knowing I could go to her whenever I needed to talk.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“The biggest surprise so far has been seeing how well my roommate and I get along. We had never met before Carthage and just ended up getting paired together so I’m very pleased.”

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

“I think my 8-year-old-self would be in awe that I’m studying to become a pharmacist because I don’t think that I ever really gave thought to the future. I just knew that I enjoyed math and science in elementary school.”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …