Taylor Hutton

Class Year



Naperville, Ill.


Environmental Science


Political Science

The decision to attend Carthage was an easy one for Taylor Hutton. “From the first time that I stepped on campus, I could tell that people cared and wanted to help you. It really does have a sense of community. The small school means you know your professors and they know you, which is something that I really like.” 

Taylor chose to study environmental science because it is interdisciplinary and exposes students to many different areas of study. “This helps you prepare for a job someday because many jobs that relate to the environment may not be solely science, but could also have politics or economics that influence them.” 

Carthage has helped prepare Taylor for a future in environmental policy and she is looking forward to beginning a new project. “During summer 2014, I will be working at the EPA office in Chicago,” she said. “The experience will allow me to see hands-on how a government agency works and operates.”

“I’m surprised how much I miss Carthage when I am away from it. It really does become a home away from home and your friends become your family. There are always people who are there for you.”

Taylor Hutton, ’15

Career goal

“I would like to work in environmental policy or environmental law. I am also considering going to law school for environmental law. In addition, I hope to remain involved with swimming, possibly by coaching.”

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

“Professor Jerry Mast and his classes have really helped me discover that environmental law and policy is something that I want to do. He is passionate about the subject and really helps his students to understand what can be complex issues. Prof Matt Zorn was able to show and explain to me in Nicaragua the water issues that other parts of the world face. Also, through his Great Lakes class, I learned more about water issues in the United States and what could happen without water management. He has really influenced me to want to work with water and water policy someday.”

Favorite class

“Intro to Environmental Science with Prof. Tracy Gartner was my favorite class and it was really the foundation for my major. I learned a lot from the class, and it helped me to discover what I would focus my time at Carthage on.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of the varsity women’s swim team and a member of SAAC. Next year I will be president of Carthage United to Rescue Earth (CURE). We are hoping to raise more environmental awareness next year and make the club grow. I am also a member of Alpha Chi Omega and an Orientation Leader.”

Toughest class

“Sociological Research with Prof. Wayne Thompson was my hardest class. I have never had to use the SPSS program before so it was a real challenge to learn it in a semester and be able to complete a research project at the end.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“The Nicaragua trip in June 2013 is an experience I will never forget. Nicaragua is a place you will never forget, with people you hope you meet again, and where your perspective on the world changes. I learned so much about the country and the issues that people face in other parts of the world. It provided me with a once in a lifetime experience to travel to a country I probably would have never gone to on my own. The Nicaragua experience is something that is hard to describe, but will truly change your life and how you view the world.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Some of my favorite memories at Carthage are hanging out in an Oaks lounge with the swim team and watching movies on Friday nights before meets. Also, going on training trips for swimming has been great because I get to hang out with friends on the beach, but also train hard. The entire Nicaragua trip is also one of my favorite memories at Carthage.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The pool in the TARC. Although I spend a ton of time in it, it is also the place I go to when I need a break.”

Biggest surprise so far

“My biggest surprise so far is how much I miss Carthage when I am away from it. It really does become a home away from home and your friends become your family. There are always people who are there for you.”

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

“If you are wondering if you should major in environmental science, try a class. If you don’t like it, then you know and it is only one class. If you do like it, then you can decide which track you want to be on based on your interests.”