Jordan Rice

Class Year



Lee’s Summit, Missouri


Physics (with an emphasis in Astrophysics) and Math


Studio Art

“My first year at Carthage has been one of the greatest years of my life. I have made an amazing group of friends that is always there for me. One of the hardest parts for me of adjusting to being a college student is homesickness. I jumped right into activities on campus and I loved it ever since. I know that next year will be even better!”

“My first year at Carthage has been one of the greatest years of my life.”

Jordan Rice, ’17

Career goal

“I plan on doing my own research with astronomical photography.”

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

“Aaron Trautwein”

Favorite class

“Calculus II”

Campus involvement

Photo Editor at The Current, Historian of The Society of Physics Students, Student Ambassador, Orientation Leader Fall 2014, Carthage Activities Board Member

Toughest class

“General Physics I”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I went to Kitt Peak National Observatory and did research at the 0.9 meter telescope with a Prof. Doug Arion.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moments revolve around hanging out with my friends anywhere on campus, or off campus.” 

Favorite spot on campus

“The Physics Lab, Straz B2”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise so far is how fast the year has flown by and the fact that I’m almost a sophomore.” 

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

“I’m sure my 8-year-old self would probably be amazed and terrified at the whole concept of astrophysics, but would love the fact that it deals with the stars and planets.”

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

“It’s going to be really hard, but if you try hard and persevere it will pay off in the end.”