Jill Candos

Class Year

’14

Hometown

Tinley Park, Il

Major(s)

Psychology

Minor(s)

Public Relations, Sociology

For Jill Candos, the decision to major in psychology was a no-brainer. “I took AP Psychology in high school and I realized how easy the material came to me and how facinating it was,” she said.

Her college search led her to Carthage.“The percentage of graduates going into their field of study, and the small class sizes were the top two reasons I came to Carthage,” Jill said. “I asked myself which school could provide me with the best resources and opportunities to be successful in life.”

Jill points to psychology as a science with everyday applications. “Psychology is unique because it can be applied in so many other fields of work. Understanding people is a useful skill to have, and I love that I can use and apply it in my everyday life.”

“I was surprised how many of my classes were discussion-based and focused on real-world applications…. I was provided with the opportunity to work on research with a professor, which has been an amazing learning experience.”

Jill Candos, ’14

Career goal

“I am currently exploring career opportunities in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology field.”

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

“All of the professors at Carthage have offered me such unique and significant insight, it is truly hard to decide.” 

Favorite class

“Child Psychopathology has been my favorite class, since it explores abnormal child behavior in depth.”

Campus involvement

“I have participated in a handful of different organizations. Currently, I am most involved in my service sorority Pi Delta Chi, psychology honors fraternity Psi Chi, leadership and honors fraternity Omicron Delta Kappa, Psychology Club, and SWAG (Social Work Advocacy Group). I hold executive board positions in three of these organizations.”

Toughest class

“My hardest class was Behavioral Neuroscience, only because of all the details, and memorization.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Carthage has provided me with numerous leadership opportunities and room to explore my interests and talents. I was provided the opportunity to travel abroad to Ghana, Africa during J-Term, and it turned out to be such an inspiring experience. Most recently, I was provided with the opportunity to work on research with a professor, which has been an amazing learning experience.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I witnessed five students stop in the middle of a blizzard to help carry another student in a wheelchair who was stuck in the middle of the street to a clear pathway. I was touched that they noticed a peer in need of help and responded so quickly.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The union is my favorite place on campus, since it is one of the most social places on campus. Plus, it is where many of the food options are.”

 

Biggest surprise so far

“I was surprised how many of my classes were discussion-based and focused on real-world applications. I expected college to consist of hours upon hours of lectures.”

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

“I would advise them to look at psychology as a broad field, and not just as a major that leads to becoming a psychologist. Psychology should be seen as a science first and foremost.”