Alexander Karcher

Class Year

’15

Hometown

Toledo, Ohio

Major(s)

History, Political Science

Minor(s)

Spanish

Alexander Karcher is studying history and political science and is in love with the small population of the campus. 

“I can know my professors both in a professional sense and also in a more intimate and private sense,” he said. “I know that if I’m having problems with comprehension my professors will be undoubtedly happy to help me after class, even outside of office hours.” 

“Carthage has provided me a unique opportunity to become involved in campus as a whole, enabling me to truly become a leader amongst my peers and to improve the overall atmosphere here at Carthage.” 

Alexander Karcher, ’15

Career goal

“President of the United States! But on the road to that, I would really like to start off working for the State Department in either foreign or domestic affairs.” 

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

“It is very hard to narrow it down, so I will stick with two. Both Prof. Renaud and Prof. Mitchell have an uncanny ability to teach difficult subject matter while creating an interesting and exciting classroom environment to work in.” 

Favorite class

“This semester I am thoroughly enjoying Latin American History with Prof. Mitchell.” 

Campus involvement

“Right now I participate in several clubs, the main one being Student Government, where I am currently serving as Parliamentarian. I am also involved in a choral group, Running Club, and am a member of the President’s Task Force on Innovative Student Learning.” 

Toughest class

“To date my most difficult and work-intensive class has been International Relations with Prof. Roberg.” 

Internships or on-campus employment

“I have worked with law firms in the Toledo area conducting legal research, writing judgement entries, and running documents to the various courts for entry and filing.” 

Opportunities at Carthage

“Carthage has provided me a unique opportunity to become involved in campus as a whole, enabling me to truly become a leader amongst my peers and to improve the overall atmosphere here at Carthage.” 

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I have to say my favorite moment is Christmas Fest! The atmosphere on campus is incredible, and seeing the combined talent of all four musical ensembles and choral groups is incredibly powerful to take part in and observe.”

Favorite spot on campus

“I can’t help but find myself always drawn to the patio tables in between the library and chapel. It’s truly the best place to sit on a fall day and look over the lake while sipping some coffee and reading.” 

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise for me has probably been how much I start to miss home throughout the year. I had always been very independent so I didn’t think I would have too much trouble adjusting, and in reality, I haven’t. However, there are still some days where I long for home-cooked meals and the company of my dogs.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would probably be thinking, ‘What the heck! I thought we were gong to fly around the world and be a pilot.’”

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

“Take the classes that most interest you, because reading about them for hours each night will be a real downer unless you can find some interest in the subject matter.”