Andrea Miranda

Class Year



Shell Lake, Wis.




Chinese, English

Andrea Miranda planned on attending Carthage for quite a while. “I took an aptitude test in eighth grade and the test suggested some colleges suited for my goals,” she said. “The first result was Carthage. As soon as I looked at the website, I knew it was the school for me. I applied and the rest is history.”

When Andrea arrived at Carthage and decided to study sociology, she was impressed by the research opportunities and the faculty. “The Sociology Department is amazing! The professors will do anything to see us succeed,” she said. “They are thoughtful, flexible, and friendly. I have never met a sociology professor that I have disliked.”

One of Andrea’s favorite aspects of campus is the religious diversity. “Most people come here expecting to see a strong Lutheran population, but we have people from other denominations as well as people who practice religions other than Christianity. I think other religions are fascinating and I appreciate living in a diverse area.” 

“Carthage has so many internship and research opportunities. The world is at your fingertips because faculty will do anything to help you – from designing a study, to finding a job. They are amazing.”

Andrea Miranda, ’16

Career goal

“I hope to obtain a master’s degree in human resources. I would then like to work for a non-profit organization.”

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

Professor Rick Matthews is by far the greatest professor I have ever had. I took Juvenile Delinquency and it changed my life. He has a fresh perspective on everything and is not afraid to be social with his students. He teaches in a way that does not even feel like he is lecturing. He involves students and talks to them as his colleagues, not as subordinates and really makes students feel respected. I love his stories because they always have meaning and cause me to reevaluate something new in my life each time I hear one. He is the professor who made me realize I wanted to work in human resources.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage was Introduction to Literary Studies with Professor Alyson Kiesel. There were so many quirky, English-loving people in that room (including Kiesel). It was my first class at Carthage and I fell in love with the environment. We had a great time and shared many laughs.”

Campus involvement

“I have been an active member of Carthage College Allies for the past two years. I was Allies’ secretary for the 2013-2014 school year and I will be acting as vice president and Student Government Representative during the 2014-2015 school year.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class at Carthage was Anatomy and Physiology with Professor Linda Greening. It was tough because it was a science class and I’m not the best at science. I loved it because it challenged me every day and helped me grow as a student.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I took a J-Term in June trip with Professor Ed Montanaro to China. We taught English to middle and elementary school children. We also helped their teachers improve their English.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I loved being an orientation leader. Any moment, from rehearsing the dance to helping people check in, was amazing.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is on the grass behind Tarble Hall. I can sit by the rocks and hear the lake, and it is so soothing.”

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

“The 8-year-old me would try and figure out why I was studying sociology — which is exactly why I am studying sociology.”

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

“Work hard. Get involved in organizations that mean something to you. Get an internship and never stop learning.”