Sydney Whitaker

Class Year

’14

Hometown

Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Major(s)

Social Work

Minor(s)

Women’s and Gender Studies

Sydney Whitaker tried three other majors at Carthage before deciding on the Social Work Program. “It took a lot of planning and work to catch up, but I had so much support from the faculty and my peers.” Now that she is settled into her major, Sydney loves the tight-knit social work community. “Being a part of a group of students with a common genuine passion to help others is a really motivating thing.”

In addition to her social work major, Sydney is also minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies. “It really opens your mind to issues in society you may not have realized were going on,” she said. 

After graduation Sydney hopes to be a caseworker for a public child welfare facility or pursue a law degree.

“I think the Social Work major is a hidden gem of Carthage.” 

Sydney Whitaker, ’14

Career goal

“A caseworker for a public child welfare facility or to pursue a law degree and have a career as a juvenile legal advocate.”

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

Danielle Geary.” 

Favorite class

“Child Welfare or Women and Politics.” 

Campus involvement

“I’m a member of the women’s lacrosse team and in the Social Work Advocacy Group.” 

Toughest class

“Behavioral Research Statistics.” 

Opportunities at Carthage

“There’s a lot of field experience, which allows you to utilize the things you learn in the classroom. The professors will also go to great lengths to help you achieve and find your passion within the field. Their own personal passion for their career reflects on to their students, and it’s a great environment to learn in.” 

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Having the opportunity to travel with my team has given me some of my favorite moments at Carthage.” 

Favorite spot on campus

“Starbucks.” 

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

“I think I’ve been headed towards this career path since I was young. I’ve always been passionate about helping others, and I think my 8-year-old self would be glad I’ve chosen a career to utilize that passion.” 

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

“I think the Social Work major is a hidden gem of Carthage. If you’re interested, the earlier you interview for the major, the better. I tried three other majors before finally deciding on Social Work. It took a lot of planning and work to catch up, but I had so much support from the faculty and my peers.”