Nicole Jokubauskas

Class Year



Alsip, Ill.





Nicole Jokubauskas chose Carthage because she was excited about all of the opportunities and educational options that would help her succeed. The beauty of the campus and the small class size were also a large part of her decision. But the deciding factor for her was getting to study psychology for a future as an Occupational Therapist. “It’s helping me get to a field that doesn’t mean I have to be a therapist, but someone who helps people with physical struggles,” she says. “It has such an open field of occupations!”

Nicole is excited to explore some of the clubs and opportunities at Carthage in her coming years. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school. 

“I love hanging out in front of Madrigrano around the volleyball courts. I’ve met so many amazing people.”

Nicole Jokubauskas, ’17

Career goal

“To embark on a new journey of my life! To explore places, live freely, and to go to graduate school in hopes of becoming an occupational therapist.”

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

“Marla Polley has to have had the biggest impact on me because in the midst of cancer, she still battled it with a smile on her face, and continued teaching us through her treatment. If that’s not dedication, then I don’t know what is. She inspired me to never give up when life tries to get you down.”

Favorite class

“I honestly enjoyed CSS because I had Jane Spencer and she was a blast!”

Campus involvement

“I’m currently an active member of Tau Sigma Chi and on the women’s Water polo team. I’m hoping to expand my options and get more involved this year!”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite memory has to be meeting a lot of people in the first week of school and making friends for a lifetime because of the first week.”

Biggest surprise so far

“Getting used to having a flexible schedule and not being in class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. straight.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would be confused as to why I’m not helping animals, but would be excited to be on a different path.”

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

“Just go out for it! Dip your toes in and get a feel for what you like! You’ll never know what career you might stumble into because of your major!”