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  • Jordan Lillybridge '17
    Jordan Lillybridge '17

Jordan Lillybridge ’17


Chicago, Illinois


Geospatial Science


Geographic Information Science

Favorite spot on campus

“I’d have to say the beach hang-out area by Madrigrano Hall is my favorite.”

Jordan Lillybridge ’17 chose Carthage for three reasons: the small school feel, the opportunity for professors to get to know him, and the location which resembles his neighborhood in Hyde Park near Chicago.

At Carthage, Jordan is majoring in geospatial science in hopes of becoming a renewable consultant after graduation.

“Geospatial science gives students an opportunity to be as flexible as possible with all things relating our ecosystems,” he said. “From sustainability to climatology, Carthage gives you an opportunity to learn about everything. Coming into Carthage, I had a passion for weather. Being here for almost four years, I have found another passion, which is renewable energy.”

Career goal

“In a perfect world, I would be hired to be a renewable consultant right after graduation. Right now, I am weighing my options on grad school to build my consulting background.”

Favorite professor

“All of my professors, including the ones who taught hard classes, have been enjoyable and have challenged me academically. The two professors who stand out to me are Professor Eric Pullin and Professor Matthew Zorn. These two will definitely make you want to come to class not only to learn, but to be blessed by their spontaneous teaching techniques.”

Favorite class

“I may regret saying this because I’m not done with my senior thesis yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I get a chance to do a project on something that I have passion on. Senior Seminar (GEO 4000) should be interesting.”

Toughest class

“For me, Introduction to Computing (CSC 1100) was tough. You are literally learning another language, except its on your computer. The fulfilling part is once you get a grasp of it, it becomes fun.”


“I had an opportunity to intern with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency of Planning. Check out my link to my summary of the internship.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“In January I will have the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua for a study abroad trip with the Geospatial Science Department.”

Campus involvement

“I play baseball and I am also a team manager for the Red Men Basketball Team.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“Freshman year as a whole was one of my favorite times at Carthage. Every year brings something new for me to enjoy and explore.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“Carthage is very upbeat and happy for the most part. I’ve had some tough classes, but the teachers were always there to help.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would be very proud. I often take a step back during the week and count my blessings.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“I would say be open-minded and ask questions. I can honestly say every professor in our department is motivating and enjoyable in the class. I think the other cool thing all of our professors do is email internship and job opportunities constantly so there is no reason you shouldn’t have an opportunity to get the job.”

  • 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.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • Beyond the campus boundaries, dinosaur fossils are prepared at the Carthage Institute of Paleontolgoy in Kenosha. A lengthy pterodactyl flight away, Finca Esperanza serves as a base camp for J-Term medical and water quality missions to Nicaragua. 

    • 96% 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. 95% 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. 

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running: 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018. 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.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • 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.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • 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 …