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Accounting and Finance

Student Voices

John Morton ’16


Wilmette, Ill.




Chemistry and Spanish

Favorite spot on campus

“I love Einsteins. It’s a perfect blend of both a place to study and a great spot to socialize with friends. Plus, the food is amazing.”

With hopes to use his financial skills and leadership abilities to help a globally minded business after Carthage, John Morton is majoring in finance and taking advantage of some of the many opportunities the College has to offer.

“I’ve had amazing experiences at Carthage,” says John. Some of these experiences include going on a J-Term trip to South Africa, becoming involved in Delta Upsilon, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Enactus, Omicron Delta Kappa, and most recently being named president of Student Government. John also had an internship at Cultivian Sandbox Industries where he analyzed data regarding enterprises the company was interested in pursuing.

“Carthage has allowed me to pursue an excellent education while participating in athletics and being a leader on campus. Since there are a lot of finance majors, I found things to differentiate myself, and would advise other students to do the same whether it be picking up another major or minor, or finding an organization or team to pour yourself into.”

Career goal

“I would like to work with a globally minded business and use my financial skills and leadership abilities to help that company, and the people I interact, with succeed.”

Favorite professor

Professor Kevin Morris was one of the most impactful instructors that I’ve experienced at Carthage. I took his Chemistry 1010 and 1020 classes freshman year. Ultimately, my learning experiences during those courses led me to minor in chemistry. He truly cares about his students, and wants them to enjoy and understand chemistry.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class has actually been my second semester Western Heritage class. I enjoyed reading the classics that contributed to modern thought and loved the class discussions afterward. My professor was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the literature, but also transferred our readings and inspirational discussions to our lives in very applicable ways.”

Toughest class

Biochemistry has been my hardest class. This was partially because, as only a chemistry minor, I had very little biology background. It’s also one of the hardest classes at Carthage to begin with! However, while difficult, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the chemistry of life. The class was very rewarding.”


“Last summer I worked as an intern at Cultivian Sandbox Industries, a venture capital firm in downtown Chicago that focuses its investments in the agriculture and food technology industries. My responsibilities included entering and analyzing data regarding enterprises that Cultivian was interested in pursuing as investment opportunities. These start-ups develop innovative products in areas such as crop production, biotechnology, animal health, food safety, cleantech and renewables, protein production, and water technology. It was an amazing experience!”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I’ve had amazing experiences here at Carthage. Among them was my trip to South Africa during J-Term 2015. The purpose of the trip was to learn about the economic development of South Africa. We saw firsthand how race, politics, and history have influenced the economic growth of the country by visiting Johannesburg, Cape Town, and many vibrant cities in-between. It was a very educational trip, but we also had a lot of fun! We went on a safari, swam with penguins, climbed mountains, and interacted with the beautiful people of South Africa. It was an experience I’ll never forget!”

Campus involvement

“I am involved with Student Government, Delta Upsilon, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Enactus, and Omicron Delta Kappa, among others. One of my most passionate extracurricular involvements is with Student Government. I love pouring my time and energy into causes and initiatives that positively benefit fellow students on campus. It has been one of my favorite experiences thus far, and I am very excited to continue having an active role in student life enhancement as president of the student body next year.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“Honestly, some of my favorite memories come simply from the time I spend with my closest friends. I especially love spending time outside with them swimming in the lake or playing football on the beach.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“The biggest surprise is how inviting and friendly this school truly is. It is a close-knit family of people learning and growing together.”

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

“My 8-year-old self loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian. So, if I told him I was a finance major, he probably wouldn’t be impressed. I think he might give me a high five for being the student body vice president though.”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • 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.

    • 96% 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. 95% 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. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • Carthage’s Velocity Consulting was the first 100% student-run full-service consulting agency in the country. Students gain incredible experience while providing marketing, branding, accounting, finance, and other support to regional clients. Other schools have since copied the Velocity model, including Harvard University.

    • Taking you past just studying the theories of business, Carthage’s READY™ Curriculum Design, a proprietary student-centered philosophy, helps develop the best-prepared business students.

    • Located in the heart of the Chicago-Milwaukee business corridor, you will have plenty of options for internships and jobs.

    • Carthage accounting, finance, management, and marketing professors regularly lead J-Term study tours to such destinations as Sweden, England, Ireland, and China, where students meet with executives and learn first-hand how global businesses operate.

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience 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 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 our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. 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,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 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 Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. 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.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • 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 …