Andria Bowlsby

Class Year



Belleville, Ill.




Secondary Education

Andria Bowlsby felt at home at Carthage almost immediately after visiting. “Something about it just clicked,” she said. “Everyone I talked to seemed passionate about the school, the opportunities here are wonderful, and the campus is gorgeous.”

Andria chose to study English with a minor in Secondary Education in order to pursue a career as a high school teacher. “I’ve wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember,” she said. “And the faculty in the English Department are great. They challenge you to think deeper and explore themes and ideas not necessarily apparent at first.”

“I never would have imagined being able to travel to Europe or develop close relationships with professors like I have.”

Andria Bowlsby, ’15

Career goal

“I hope to become an English teacher, preferably in the high school setting.”

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

Prof. Seemee Ali. She taught a Diversity in Literature course I took sophomore year based on Indian literature. It really opened my eyes to how interesting world literature was and how cultures could be expressed in writing. Since then, I’ve taken a huge interest in foreign literature and culture.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class was a theatre class, Oral Interpretations of Literature. It was a J-Term class that was just a really interesting take on public speaking. My classmates were great and our final was a group reading of The Lorax.”

Campus involvement

“This past semester, I pledged Sigma Omega Sigma, a local sorority on campus. Through the process, I learned a lot about who I was as a person and gained a lot of really close friendships with people I wouldn’t have met otherwise.”

Toughest class

“The most difficult class I’ve taken was History and Structure of the English Language. It was a really, really different type of English class that I found really challenging because it just didn’t click. I had to really try to understand the course material, which I wasn’t expecting.”


Opportunities at Carthage

“I’m actually going to Poland this summer for a Jewish culture study trip. Learning about the culture and religion of Jewish Poland has been fascinating.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“One of my favorite Carthage memories was sledding down the hill between Lentz and Straz. It was a great time with friends and campus was filled with laughter that night.”

Favorite spot on campus

“There’s this really great pine tree along the lake shore that’s nice to sit under at night and think.”

Biggest surprise so far

“How many opportunities Carthage gives its students. I never would have imagined being able to travel to Europe or develop close relationships with professors like I have.”

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

“Do the readings and participate in class. You get out of it what you put in, and you can’t give it your best if you aren’t prepared.”