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Student Voices

Chrissy Loeb ’18


Mount Prospect, Illinois


Elementary and Cross-Categorical Special Education

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus would have to be Hedberg Library or the Science Center. There are so many great study spaces that aren’t always crowded or noisy, and you can spread out and get work done in a calm environment with helpful resources at your fingertips.”

Chrissy Loeb knows the benefit of a good education, which is why she chose to study at Carthage and major in elementary and cross-categorical special education.

“Helping students succeed in school is not only beneficial to the students themselves, but it ultimately determines the kind of world we will live in in the future,” she said.

Chrissy was drawn to teaching when she was only 8 years old. “Around that age I had struggled with maintaining focus in school and switching between different medications for ADHD. My second grade teacher was one of the few teachers I had who exercised exemplary patience and kindness with me. I think my 8-year-old self would like the career path I’ve chosen, and would want me to be a role model for students and teachers alike who work with students with special needs.”

In the future, she hopes to work with students in special education or have her own general education classroom.

“Carthage is close enough to home where I don’t feel too homesick, the professors are personable and want me to succeed, and the lake is right beside me to remind me what a wonderful school I am a part of.”

Career goal

“After graduating from Carthage, I plan on teaching in a suburban elementary school. With a degree in special education and elementary education, I would love to either work with students in special education or have my own general education classroom.”

Favorite professor

Prof. Dennis Munk is one of my favorite professors I’ve had at Carthage thus far. His class discussions and simulations were very helpful for us to see what the world of education has in store for us, and his kind disposition made class very enjoyable overall. I know he would be more than happy to work with me or answer any questions I may have in the future.

“I also loved having Karen Davis as my professor. Her class was thought-provoking and was great preparation for us as we moved further into the TEP. I am excited to meet more people like her in the world of special education.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been my Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1000) class. Prof. Seymour made the class material fun, realistic, and much more meaningful than words on a page. His approach to sociology overall was very beneficial for me. There’s no better way to discuss learning about the study of human beings than jumping right in with videos, activities, and discussion to bring the topic of life to life.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class at Carthage so far would probably have to be Arts of the Americas (ARH 2710). Even though I had prior knowledge of some Central-American civilizations like the Maya and Inca, learning about specific art styles and types of work was confusing for someone like me who isn’t the best at learning many vocabulary terms at once. Nonetheless, the artwork was beautiful and I learned a lot about the ancient worlds that used to be.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Germany this J-Term and learn about ‘Germany’s Turbulent Times.’ We studied World War II, Martin Luther, and other social topics as we toured the streets of Berlin, Erfurt, Eisenach, Eisleben, and various museums, stores, restaurants, all in good company.”


“While I’m not sure if I’ve received a specific Carthage Scholarship, I do know that I am very grateful to have received multiple grants and monetary awards to make my education at Carthage possible. Any sort of financial aid has helped greatly, and I am beyond thankful for the opportunities I have been able to pursue in attending Carthage College.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of Chapel Choir, Pals & Partners, Alpha Lambda Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Delta Chi, and am a staff member in the Center for Faith and Spirituality. Each day gives me something new to look forward to as I go through the school week, and I am always excited to see where these organizations take me in the meetings to come.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“My favorite memories at Carthage have to do with the wonderful friends that I’ve made here. Like many other incoming students, I was afraid that I would have a hard time making lasting friendships in college. This fear quickly subsided when I met some of my closest friends on campus either through choir, school events, service opportunities, organizations, or otherwise.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“The biggest surprise so far that I’ve encountered is how much harder the workload got after freshman year. While some people have always had a lot on their plates, I became overwhelmed with how much of a difference one or two semesters can have in the fast-paced world of higher education.”

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

“Coincidentally, I was about 8 years old when I began thinking about becoming a teacher. Around that age I had struggled with maintaining focus in school and switching between different medications for ADHD. My second grade teacher was one of the few teachers I had who exercised exemplary patience and kindness with me. I think my 8-year-old self would like the career path I’ve chosen, and would want me to be a role model for students and teachers alike who work with students with special needs.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“Be flexible, and even when things are overwhelming and stressful, keep your eye on the end goal and just breathe. In the end, the work done in education is for the students, and it’s our job to make sure they learn and grow in the best way that we can aid them in doing so. That being said, things may get tricky, but faculty and peers are always here to help. This is something especially important to keep in mind because collaboration is key and plans (lesson-wise or not) are always changing, sometimes moments before they need to be presented.”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

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    • More than 90% 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. 91% 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. 

    • Looking to teach? Count on becoming a familiar face in local schools. Carthage students accumulate 135 hours in local classrooms before their student teaching semester. Make that 450+ for those entering our new urban teacher program.

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

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    • 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 more than 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.

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    • 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,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 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 Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. 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.

    • 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 …