After what she calls a “long hiatus,” Manwattee “Mattie” Boris was thinking of returning to school, but felt very intimidated. Carthage was recommended to her because of the Adult Education Program offered. “Thanks to the admissions staff, the process was extremely stress free,” Mattie said.
Mattie is now a social work major, and she loves that it gives her the opportunity to serve humanity. She hopes to work in the the area of hospice. “Helping someone prepare to leave this world with dignity and reconciliation is priceless,” she said. Mattie believes Carthage “has an excellent social work program with wonderful faculty and staff support available to students.”
“Anyone considering going into the field of social work will be well prepared at Carthage.”
“I am hoping to work in the area of hospice.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“This is a difficult question because every one of my professors has been wonderful, offering support and encouragement while providing a top notch education. However, I must say that Prof. David Duncan was inspirational. I took his Heritage I and II classes. He possesses the unique ability to engage each and every student. They were by no means easy classes, but I walked away with an incredible sense of purpose and inner strength. I continue to feel empowered because of one of his statements, ‘This class is about journeys and transformations.’ I recognize the amazing journey in attending Carthage, and am in awe of the transformation I have seen in myself so far.”
“My favorite class was Interpreting Literature.”
“I have been involved in SWAG on a very limited basis due to family and other obligations. I do volunteer whenever possible. Last year I participated in a drive to feed children in Haiti by making meal packages with a group of other Carthage students.”
“Even though my toughest class so far is Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience, it is also very interesting.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“One of my favorite moments at Carthage was accepting the Irene Kramer Starting Over Award. My family and professors who attended the award ceremony were very proud of me.”
Favorite spot on campus
“My absolute favorite spot on campus has to be the Tarble Arena.”
Biggest surprise so far
“Carthage seemed daunting. However, it is surprisingly cozy and friendly.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Anyone considering going into the field of social work will be well prepared at Carthage. There is a 14-month Loyola program right here at Carthage should one choose to pursue their master’s degree.”