Crosby Bradford

Class Year

’14

Hometown

Kenosha, Wis.

Major(s)

Criminal Justice, Political Science

Crosby Bradford loved Carthage’s atmosphere since she was in middle school, and when it came time to start looking at college she knew she had to attend Carthage. Crosby is one of seven students who received the Kenosha Oaks Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship that recognizes academic excellence, community service, and leadership potential. “I remember when I got the call I immediately dropped the phone and started screaming,” Crosby said. “Dean Clark was on the other line, and was so warm and kind, and he helped me to calm down, but I remember he wouldn’t let me hang up until he was sure I was actually okay.” Crosby said that his compassion was another thing she noticed all around campus. “Carthage is a community, and you don’t get that at a lot of other colleges.”  

Crosby started out her college career intending to become a teacher, but soon realized that she wasn’t passionate about her education classes. “I had always wanted to be a teacher, but it just didn’t seem to be fitting with who I was,” Crosby said. “My parents and adviser helped me figure out what I should do.” 

While the Pre-Law track is challenging, it is what Crosby loves to do. “It’s fascinating to see how different laws and policies have shaped the way the public views things.” Another plus? “I love learning from people who are so passionate about their field.”

“I love learning from people who are so passionate about their field.”

Crosby Bradford, ’14

Career goal

“When I’d graduate I’d like to get my paralegal license. Ultimately, I would like to end up being a prosecuting attorney, but I have been told by many that I should consider changing my goal to incorporate a judge position.” 

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

“This is going to get me into trouble if I start playing favorites! My favorite professor who is unaffiliated with my major would have to be Prof. Zorn. I was able to get to know him and his family despite the fact that he is a science professor who I met through my lack of a non-lab science credit. I could not be happier that he is in my life!

The professor who I interact with most in the department, who is in control of two of my grades this semester, and consequently the one who pushes me the hardest is Prof. Roberg. I tell all the freshmen I run into that the professors in the Political Science Department are tough, but Roberg is the one who will make you want to pull your hair out and then thank him for your troubles. And what can I say? A professor who nukes me at least once a week in some scenario or another wins me over.” 

Favorite class

“This semester I would have to say Introduction to International Relations. Studying why the world operates as it does and the different theories surrounding it is fascinating.

Overall, I had a class taught by Kenosha’s District Attorney, Bob Zapf, that was really interesting. His stories and advice were invaluable to someone looking at going into that line of work. I really enjoyed Zorn’s Great Lakes course and any class with Prof. Mast and Prof. Marshall, as well.” 

Campus involvement

“I’m involved in the honor fraternities of Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science) and Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice). It’s also a running joke that because of how much I do for the Theatre Department, (my roommate since freshman year is a theatre major and most of my friends are in the department as well) I’m an honorary member of the Alpha Psi Omega Honorary Theatre Fraternity.” 

Toughest class

“This semester, definitely senior seminar. Writing my thesis occupies a lot of my time, and rewriting things you spent hours on is not an easy task. Both semesters of Constitutional Law were also very challenging. The thing about each of my courses and the professors that teach them is that while they tend to be difficult, the professors are all willing to help you with it. They can tell when you’re struggling and call you out and offer to help. I tend to work harder because I don’t want to disappoint them. As a result, I retain a lot of the information and am able to continue to apply it in other courses.” 

Opportunities at Carthage

“There have been so many opportunities that Carthage has offered. I’m here on a full-ride scholarship so I am able to put away all the money I earn to pursue my graduate degree when the time comes. I’m able to learn from people who are experienced in the field, and as such build contacts with them. My professors have given me knowledge about so many aspects of life in both the academic and personal realms that is invaluable to me. Just saying that I go to Carthage has given me credibility when I find myself debating with various people in the community. Carthage has opened doors for me just in the few years I have been here. I have no doubt it will continue to do so in the future.” 

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“There are so many! Meeting my roommate who I had spent all summer getting to know is a highlight. Having two different professors pull me aside after their finals and try to convince me to pursue their majors. Doing volunteer work with a professor whose field I had no interest in only to become convinced to take his J-Term course this upcoming January. Carthage has forced me to make connections with people so different from me that I would have no interaction with had I not decided to go here, and with them I have forged lifelong bonds.” 

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot would have to be the patch of beach my friends and I found last May after a marathon study session. We had been holed up in the JAC basement for 5 or 6 hours and needed to find some fresh air. We found ourselves down by the beach at 3 in the morning. It’s so peaceful and soothing, and it was exactly what we needed to quell our stresses.” 

Biggest surprise so far

“This ties back into my favorite moments. I am constantly surprised and amazed at the people that Carthage has placed in my life. I would never have imagined that three of the most important people in my life would be theatre majors, that I would consistently try to catch up with a science professor, and that I would be so enraptured by a lecture simply because the professor was so passionate about the subject. I spent spring break this past year road tripping across the country to visit the hometowns of the two theatre students a music education student who have become three of my best friends. That was one of the most wonderful surprises.”

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

“My 8-year-old self was convinced she was going to be a teacher. My parents were convinced I was going to be a lawyer, but I was too stubborn to give it the time of day. Convincing freshman me to change my major was a tough, but ultimately worthwhile decision that I don’t regret for a second, despite the fact that 8-year-old me would refuse to even consider the idea.” 

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

“Be prepared to work! But all of that hard work pays off in the end. Your professors will help you, so use them and get to know them. They are wonderful people who truly do care about you, even if they do greatly enjoy finding new and clever ways to torture you. Oh, and a pro-tip: make sure you say that you will donate to the Roberg Retirement Fund when you graduate.”