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Nate Smith ’16

Hometown

Alma, Mich.

Major(s)

Marketing and Management

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus has to be the basketball court along the lake. When it is nice out nothing beats playing some pick up basketball games on the blacktop overlooking the beauty of Lake Michigan.”

When Nate Smith was 8-years-old he never dreamed of being a business professional, but he did envision himself as being someone of importance who others would appreciate and want to work with.

Since being at Carthage, Nate has found himself in a place where he believes he can meet the criteria he had for himself when he was younger.

“The entire Business Department is so impressive in the way they assist student success beyond Carthage. In my marketing classes we develop marketing plans for real companies and work with real marketers and business professionals,” he says. “We are able to learn on our feet and get a feel of what it’s like to work in the business world outside of the classroom.”

Though Nate works hard at his studies, he also finds time to have fun outside of the classroom by playing basketball along the shore of Lake Michigan, and volunteering and participating in events on campus through his fraternity Delta Upsilon.

“Carthage has a very special ability to facilitate learning and give students the tools to be successful beyond college into the business world. Everything that I have learned here will assist me in being the best business professional that I can be. Carthage has molded me into who I have become today.”

Career goal

“My career goal is to become the leader of a successful business organization. I realize that I have a lot to learn and experience in the business world before getting to that ultimate goal. Once I am out of college, I will seek a marketing position and earn my way into a managerial job within a company through dedication and hard work. Carthage has a very special ability to facilitate learning and give students the tools to be successful beyond college into the business world. Everything that I have learned here will assist me in being the best business professional that I can be.”

Favorite professor

“One of the great things about Carthage is that we are a liberal arts college, and must take a variety of courses outside of our major(s). One of my favorite professors I have had here was my biology professor, Margaret Oliver. She always had a smile on her face and worked with non-science majors to help us. She was always willing to talk before or after class about anything, even if it wasn’t school related. To this day she remembers my name and whenever I see her, she always asks me how I am doing and what I have been up to. It is always nice to see professors who take such an interest in their students.

“Another professor that I had outside of my major was Lara Christoun. She genuinely cared about how we were doing in her education class, and always asked what we needed from her to be more successful. She took us to a local school where we got to work with special needs students and help them learn tougher subjects. It had such an impact on me personally. I still see her around campus every week and she asks me how school is going and, once again, genuinely cares about her students.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage has probably been Marketing Principles. We learned the ins and outs of marketing in that class, but the best part was learning the science of developing a marketing plan. Our professor had a real business come to our class and present who they were. Then, it was our job to work in small groups to develop a plan for this specific company to increase business and profits. At the end of the semester the CEO and vice president of the company that had presented to us came in and listened to us present our marketing plans for their company. It was an amazing experience to get their feedback and gain the real world business experience.”

Toughest class

Applied Business Statistics was the toughest. I took this class with my current advisor Thomas Groleau. It was my freshman year and I was not very familiar with Microsoft Excel, and that class exclusively used Excel and its functions. Prof. Groleau is an Excel guru so it was pretty tough to keep up, but I learned so much and it was a good experience.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of the international fraternity, Delta Upsilon. This fraternity gave me opportunities to get involved on campus through events and volunteer opportunities. I am also the president of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) where we gather to promote Greek unity on campus. Through IFC the fraternities share ideas, put on events, and help each other be successful chapters on campus.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“I remember during Family Weekend my freshman year they had a live karaoke band on stage. Along with a group of friends, I went up on stage and got to sing “Sweet Caroline” in front of hundreds of people. It was pretty embarrassing because the microphone was closest to me, and I have a terrible singing voice. Afterwards we went out to the football field and watched fireworks for a good 30 minutes. It was truly a special night on campus and I will never forget it.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“The biggest surprise so far has been how personable the professors have been. They work so closely with students and help us in every way they can. When I had a picture of what a college professor was like in my head, I saw a monotone person that didn’t care what grade I got. When I arrived on campus I was very pleasantly surprised.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would look at me today and see a grown up. I never dreamed of being a business professional as an 8-year-old, but I envisioned myself as someone of importance who others would appreciate and want to work with. Carthage has molded me into who I have become today, and I believe that I can meet that criteria.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“First, learn to work with others. The better you are at conversing with peers, bosses, and professors, the better off you will be. The next piece of advice would be to put everything into your classes and your college experience. It can be difficult to get acclimated to the college culture, but the more you put yourself out there, the better the college experience will be for you.”

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