Cynthia Medina ?23

Cynthia Medina

Class Year



Kenosha, Wis.


Engineering Science


Math and Spanish

“Engineering science is a great major for people who like out-of-the-box thinking. The major has really pushed me to be a more complex and critical thinker, and I’ve gotten lots of hands-on experience that will prepare me for the engineering world.”

Cynthia Medina, ’23

Career goal

“I hope to get into a career that I love and be a part of a team making a difference. Down the road, once I get settled into working, I eventually want to have kids and raise a large family.”

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

“Carthage faculty, specifically my engineering professors have really taught me to love going to class. The professor who impacted me the most, is Professor Jean Quashnock. He has brought joy in and out of the classroom and is always willing to work with students whenever they need extra help. These kinds of relationships with faculty have helped me succeed in my academics.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class has been my physics classes. I have never taken physics before so learning something new really excited me, and it was very enjoyable thinking about things from a physicist’s perspective.”

Campus involvement

“I had the opportunity of being the project manager of the Rocket Team through Carthage’s relationship with the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. This was such a fun experience and taught me so many new things about rocketry as well as simple things like what it means to be a part of a team! I am also a member of the Velocity Consulting and Future of Africa clubs, and I am currently in the process of being admitted into the Pi Theta Social Sorority.”

Toughest class

“My toughest classes so far have been my physics classes. These have been my more load-heavy classes. I have had to put in a lot of outside class time to really understand the material. Physics was also one of the first classes I took after switching my major to engineering science. Going from a management major to engineering really made me have to shift my thinking, and my physics classes were the first classes that required me to try really hard to get the A grade I wanted.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I have an internship this summer for the engineering company Aptar as a Product Development Intern!”

Opportunities at Carthage

“In May 2022, I plan to go to South Africa with the Future of Africa club! I am so excited and can’t wait to meet all the kids that we have been raising money for!”


“I received the Kenosha Oaks Full Tuition Scholarship. This scholarship has helped me a great deal. It has meant everything to me and has lessened my financial burden.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I love the events that Carthage puts on at the beginning of the school year. From street food to carnivals, it is a total blast. I also really enjoy watching all of the sporting events. Go Firebirds!”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is anywhere outside when it is warm. I love studying outside, usually somewhere by the Straz Center just in case I need help from my professors or peers.

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise so far has been how much I enjoy my classes. Typically I feel like I have one or two each semester that I am not so fond of, but, after switching my major to engineering science, I can definitely say I love something about all my classes!”

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

“I think my 8-year-old self would be surprised because, for the longest time, I wanted to be an art teacher. But I also think she would be very happy and proud of how much I have accomplished.”

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

“Engineering science is a great major for people who like out-of-the-box thinking. The major has really pushed me to be a more complex and critical thinker, which I enjoy. I also love that within this major you not only have lectures, but also lots of hands-on experience, which will prepare you for the engineering world. Lastly, my favorite thing about this major is being able to choose your electives on a specific engineering path based on what kind of engineering you want to do.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because I thought the campus was beautiful, and I liked the idea of going to school near the lake. I am from Kenosha, so I wanted to stay close to home. I really loved the idea of only having to drive fifteen minutes to get back home.”