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  • Samantha Tedesco '19
    Samantha Tedesco '19

Samantha Tedesco ’19


Highland, Indiana



Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is probably the Campbell Student Union. Every time I go in there I will likely see one of my friends, and it’s such a great spot to hang out, eat lunch, and play pool.”

When choosing a college to attend, Samantha Tedesco had high expectations. “During high school, I spent many hours hovered over my laptop searching for the school of my dreams. Being a bit of a perfectionist, I had to make sure my school had everything I wanted. After what felt like forever, I stumbled upon a small private school with an amazing view only two hours away from my hometown. Carthage had everything I wanted: Small class sizes, helpful professors, and a great education system.”

At Carthage, Samantha is studying nursing in hopes of attending graduate school to become a nurse practitioner.

“Students should consider nursing as their major for many reasons, but one reason is because the program is direct admit!” she said. “Many other colleges require prerequisites along with another application before students even begin to take nursing classes. Carthage is a great school for this program because we have amazing professors along with small class sizes that allow students to become close-knit. The demand for nurses has increased drastically over the past few years, so what better way to get your degree than at Carthage?”

Career goal

“After graduating from Carthage, I plan on attending graduate school to become a nurse practitioner. During graduate school, I hope to work in a hospital nearby to gain some experience as an RN, and eventually work in a community setting as a family NP, women’s health care NP, or nurse anesthetist.”

Favorite professor

“Although I will only be a sophomore at Carthage, two professors have already made an impact on my life at Carthage. Prof. Frank Hicks, the director of the Nursing Program, has put in so much time and effort into creating this program and I couldn’t be more thankful. Over the past year I’ve gotten to hear stories from his time working, as well as gain insight as to how to become a better nurse. His successes have inspired me to work hard and be the best I can.

“Another professor who has had an impact on me is Prof. Lisa Anderson-Antle. She was my anatomy professor, and every day she had us working hard to learn all the muscles, bones, and different parts of the body. She is so dedicated to helping us learn and I’m really thankful to have her teaching us. She puts countless hours into her lessons to make them easier for us to understand, and without her emails and after-class discussions, passing anatomy would have been much more difficult! Even in just one year, both Prof. Hicks and Prof. Anderson-Antle have made such an impact on my life and I am so appreciative that I have them as professors.”

Favorite class

“So far at Carthage, my favorite class has been Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 1040). Although it was my most difficult class, I learned so much from it and I know I will use that information to help with my future in nursing. Knowing the anatomy of humans is the foundation to most medical professions, and for me, it was exciting to learn more and begin to apply it to clinical situations.”

Toughest class

“The toughest class I’ve taken at Carthage so far is Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 1040) because it requires so much dedication and memorization. Every night I would need to read or go over what we had already learned. I often studied weeks in advance for exams, and it was crucial to pay attention every class. I think it was also a bit intimidating as well because it was my first official nursing course, but it was also exciting to know that I was my way to becoming a nurse.”


“Unfortunately, I have not had any internships yet, but I am happy to say that I have been given the opportunity. Not many students have a chance to have an internship as freshmen, but Prof. Anderson-Antle offered a position to our nursing class, and I am grateful to have had that opportunity. I believe another student ended up doing it, but I’m thankful to know that internships are available.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“So far at Carthage, a few of the nursing students and I have been given the opportunity to start a chapter for the Nursing Program, known as the Carthage Association of Nursing Students (CANS). Although we are still getting all the details together, I am excited to be a part of a new organization at Carthage. Other than that, I will also be attending a J-Term trip this January to Italy! Although it is not a part of the program, a second J-Term is required by Carthage, and I’m so lucky to be given the opportunity to travel across the world and study abroad.”


“I was honored to receive an Academic Honors scholarship at Carthage. This has meant a lot to me because I have been working toward a scholarship since I was in grade school. Upon graduating high school, I was 6th in my class, and I am so appreciative of what Carthage has offered me. Not only that, but this scholarship also makes me work even harder to show that I earned it.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“Some of my favorite Carthage moments include freshman orientation, J-Term, and joining a sorority. Freshman orientation was filled with activities that allowed the freshmen to meet new people and get acquainted with campus. I met a lot of my current friends that week, and it was probably when it really hit me that I was in college.

“J-Term is a really unique part about Carthage, and I am looking forward to this year’s trip. It’s really nice to only have one class to worry about and it allows you to get those credits in only a month rather than a whole semester. Lastly, ‘going Greek’ was such a fun decision. I met so many new girls and a lot of them I now call my sisters. Carthage has given me so many memories and I can’t wait to make more.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“I think the biggest surprise so far has been the professors. In high school, all of my teachers constantly told me that professors ‘don’t care’ and that we are all on our own. However, at Carthage, every professor I have had has been so understanding and helpful. Because class sizes are so small, they have time to get to know the students. The professors at Carthage really care about each students, and I was really grateful to find that they are so helpful.”

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

“When I was 8 years old, I think my dream job was to become a veterinarian. I loved the idea of spending every day with animals, along with being able to help them. However, as I grew older, I realized my real dream was to be able to help people, which is one of the reasons I chose to become a nurse. I think my 8-year-old self would be pretty happy about my current studies, but she would probably want me to rethink helping animals instead.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“For students who are considering nursing as their major, I would tell them that they have to be dedicated. Despite what many people may think, being a nurse requires a lot of time and dedication, along with almost no sleep!”

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    • 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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