Park Ridge, Ill.
Monica Rosenberger came to Carthage with an undecided major. She made a list of all her interests and compared those with Carthage’s 50-plus majors. “Archaeology caught my eye, and the more I read about it the more it felt like me,” Monica said. “I love many things about this major, such as the interesting glance into the past, the potential to find or do research on something that no one has ever done, and to be part of something bigger than myself.”
Monica has had two internships, both relating to her major. Her first was at Chicago’s Field Museum in the Mesoamerican Department. At this internship Monica was able to experience archaeological research first hand. While studying abroad in Rome, Monica had her second internship at the Luigi Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography. “I was trained in the recognition of human skeletal elements, basics of anthropological surveys, and metric survey of long bones.”
While still unsure about her future career goal, Monica knows that she wants to continue traveling, seeing the world, and meeting new people.
“Carthage has so much to offer and so many great people.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“I don’t necessarily have a favorite professor, but the small class sizes have allowed me to have a more personal experience with each one.”
“My favorite type of class are discussion-based classes. I love hearing what people think and comparing them to my thoughts. I learn best this way and I find that I can contribute better than a test-based class or a lecture class. A class outside my major that I enjoyed was my graphic design class because it allowed me to use my creative side, which isn’t always utilized in my major.”
“I am a four-year varsity athlete on the women’s soccer team and the team has truly allowed me to experience so many wonderful people and places. I also dance with the Iluzions hip-hop team. We perform at half time during the men’s and women’s basketball games and have also performed for other schools in the area. During the second semester, I also dance in the big dance show made for the performance/dance minors to demonstrate their individual choreography. These activities keep me on my toes and constantly busy. Being so involved is a nice break from the library and has allowed me to really branch out and meet people.”
“Hands down Senior Thesis is the hardest class. It isn’t because there are tests or tough assignments, it is because you are working on a paper that is going to represent your four years at Carthage, what you have learned, and what you want people to think about you when you leave. Because it means so much, you don’t want the final product to be anything but perfect. This would be easier if nothing else was going on in the other classes, but no such luck. While writing this huge paper you still have to maintain your grades in the other classes, as well as continue your other commitments such as sports and clubs. The final product is truly a representation of how hard each individual has worked.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“During my experience at Carthage, I’ve had two internships. My first internship was working at the Field Museum in the Mesoamerican Department. I worked under the guidance of Gary and Linda Feinman and was able to go behind the scenes and see what efforts go into archaeological research. I was also able to learn a few techniques such as understanding and scanning images, and using PowerPoint, Photoshop, and Illustrator computer programs. I also used both topography maps and physical maps of the surrounding areas of each archaeological site in order to collect certain data. The internship was a great way for me to not only see what archaeological research looks like, but also working in a museum setting I was able to talk to people from multiple fields and see whether I had any interest in something else.
While studying abroad in Rome, I was able to obtain my second internship at the Luigi Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography. While interning at the museum, I was trained in the recognition of human skeletal elements, basics of anthropological surveys, and metric survey of long bones. During my attendance, I carried on the reconstruction of living stature and body mass index of the adult individuals from a skeletal series of Velia (1-11 A.D., Italy). My main goal was to apply different regression equations derived from modern samples and to assess which yielded the most consistent results for the archaeological series of Velia. I worked under the guidance of Luca Bondioli and Alessandra Sperduti.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“Carthage has provided me with several opportunities to better my education in my field, but has also allowed me to participate in things not related to academics. Although Carthage provides one with the option to do many things, it is up to each individual to take those opportunities and run with it. Carthage has so much to offer and so many great people. It only makes sense to take advantage of it while you can.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“I really have so many great memories here at Carthage that it’s too hard to pick. These would consist of winning every home game on the soccer field this year to the more simple things, like putting my feet in the lake on a hot day.”
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spot on campus is near the volleyball court right under the big tree. It has a great view of the lake and is very peaceful. If I could, I would sit there all day long.”
Biggest surprise so far
“The biggest surprise in my college experience is how close I have become to some of my friends. In these four short years, I have gone through so many life changing experiences and grown as an individual. These people have been by my side from day one and really know the true me. I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of people to help guide and support me through college. These are the people who I hope to keep in contact with in the future.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“The 8-year-old Monica would think archaeology is pretty cool and definitely fits her personality. My sense of adventure has always been there. I love learning new things and have always been interested in the past. The opportunity to travel is something I enjoyed when I was young and still strive to continue today.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“I would suggest getting as many hands-on opportunities as possible. I still haven’t been able to go on a dig, which is a huge part of my major. That is one thing I wish I could accomplish before graduation. The more information you can get on your major, the more hands-on activities you can complete, the more likely you are to know if this major is really for you. Also, don’t let the fear of having a major that not many have deter you from completing it. If you are truly determined to be successful, the likelihood is that you will be. Plenty of people will suggest you switch to something like business or athletic training, but only switch if you really want to. If you are worried that your major alone won’t be enough in your future, you can always double major or add a minor.”