Hope Wittmus

Class Year

’15

Hometown

Laurens, Iowa

Major(s)

Music

Minor(s)

Secondary Education

Hope Wittmus knew she wanted to either major in math or music, so she flipped a coin. “While the coin was in the air, I knew what I wanted it to land on,” Hope said. “I knew that teaching music may be harder at times and I may have a harder time getting a job, but at the end of the day I knew that I would love my life more if I was doing something I can’t live without.” 

Carthage’s Music Department is a great fit for Hope. “It’s home,” she said. “That’s why I’m here.” 

“It’s a lot of work, but teaching students is something I wouldn’t trade for the world.”

Hope Wittmus, ’15

Career goal

“To be a middle/high school choral teacher.” 

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

“That’s a hard one because I like the entire music faculty! I’m not sure if I can pick just one.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class would probably be Music Theatre Boot Camp with Corinne Ness or Learning About Instruments with Prof. Ripley.” 

Campus involvement

Toughest class

“My toughest classes as of right now are Latin 101 and Music History.” 

Opportunities at Carthage

“Carthage has provided me with opportunities to travel abroad to Poland, Japan, and possibly China as well. Being here has also provided me with a great networking system in the Midwest, which is where I want to be teaching.”

Favorite spot on campus

“There is this one rock by the Denhart volleyball court that I sit on when I need to clear my head or calm down. It’s a great place overlooking the lake, and it’s a place to just breathe.” 

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise so far is the fact of how much I’ve grown and of how fast it’s happened. I’m already a junior. I remember freshman year like it was happening yesterday.” 

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

“My 8-year-old self would wonder what happened to being a dare devil, or what happened to being an oceanographer. She would wonder why I chose music. But at 8-years-old I didn’t know what I was capable of, and I thought I could conquer the world. As she looked at what I’ve done and where I want to go, I think she’d agree that I’m doing something right.” 

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

“It’s a lot of work, but teaching students is something I wouldn’t trade for the world. While in college, it’s going to be challenging with all the homework, practicing, rehearsals, tears, sweat, and blood. It’s all towards a goal of being your best for the students you’re going to influence in the future. It’s all going to be worth it in the end, because even now when I’m with students, it’s a feeling unlike any other.”