Fletcher Paulsen

Class Year



DeWitt, Iowa




Secondary Education

Fletcher Paulsen first visited Carthage his freshman year of high school and returned every year after to make sure this was the school for him. “The campus is beautiful,” he said. “Carthage is its own little community within Kenosha.”

It was also in high school that Fletcher decided to study music education because of his love of music and his passion to help others. “I spent a lot of time helping out with the special education program and tutoring students after school,” he said. “I love that I have the opportunity to light a spark inside of my students, and help them realize he power of music and how much it can impact their lives.” 

“Carthage has given me more than I ever thought possible. I have become close friends with many of my professors, and built relationships that I know will last a lifetime.”

Fletcher Paulsen, ’15

Career goal

“To inspire the students I teach to let music become an active part of their lives, and to share my passion of music and helping others.”

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

“This question is impossible. Carthage is full of professors who make me thankful I decided to come here! I’ve gotten to experience in-depth discussion based teaching from Prof. Richard Heitman in my Heritage course, the humor and sarcasm that accompanies Prof. Eric Pullin’s truly helpful teachings, the unbiased and laid back atmosphere in my religion course with Prof. Sandy Bisciglia, and of course the incomparable music faculty. The music faculty as a whole is my favorite group of professors, but picking just one would not justify the wonderful teaching that I have experienced here.”

Favorite class

“Thus far, my favorite two classes have been Characteristics of Exceptional Learners with Prof. Kathy Ryan and General Music Methods with Prof. Judy Kirby. Both classes have made me feel like I am getting the teaching skills I’ll need before I go out into the field and manage my own classes.”

Campus involvement

“I am involved in the Carthage Choir, Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, Lambda Kappa Professional Music Fraternity, and have been involved with many workshop and main stage musical theater productions.”

Toughest class

“Music History. This is easily a class that has challenged me and made me grow as a musician. From learning about Gregorian chants to the masterpieces of Beethoven and all the listening quizzes and unit tests in between, I have learned how to better appreciate the music I sing and the profession I am pursuing.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Carthage has given me more that I ever thought possible. Because of Carthage I was able to take my first trip away from North America and allow for more in my future schedules. Traveling to Ireland/Scotland was a great way to kick off my first J-Term, and my upcoming trips to Poland and possibly Spain will give me that much more of a reason to brag about what Carthage has given me. I have become close friends with many of my professors and built relationships that I know will last a lifetime.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moment at Carthage is coming back after summer break or any breaks during the year. Of course I love going home and having the chance to see my family, but after you’ve been away from campus for too long, you have that strong need to return. There’s nothing better than getting to be back in the company of your closest friends after spending and extended period of time away from them.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot at Carthage is the JAC. Many times during the year, I spend more time in the JAC than I spend in my room! Music is my passion and can serve as an outlet to me on the worst of days. It isn’t uncommon for me to play the piano and sing until security comes to lock up the building.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise so far is how friendly everyone is. I remember coming on tours of campus and my guides would tell me how wonderful it all was and how nice everyone is, but I never really understood what they meant until I became a part of Carthage. I have made some amazing friends here, and I have never experienced the closeness that I feel within the group of people I hang out with.”

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

“Initially, my 8-year-old self would tell me I was doing it wrong and that I am supposed to become a firefighter or police officer. After thinking about it, he would realize that this is the right choice because he is always singing and playing the piano and loves working with other people. Overall, I think my 8-year-old self would be proud of what I have done and would get excited for what’s to come.”

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

“Take any opportunity you can to take classes outside of the required courses to make yourself more marketable. If you have the initiative, a minor in a language will help, as will any courses in the music or theater department.”