New Lenox, Ill.
Samantha Panozzo felt at home on campus immediately, “The people were so friendly and I absolutely loved it when I came to visit. …Everyone is so nice and considerate and I love that about the school,” she said. Samantha decided to major in mathematics so that she could go into a career as a statistical analyst. “Math is something that is so rewarding once you figure it out,” she remarked. “It’s a lot of work and you have to be willing to do it.”
One of her favorite aspects of campus is interacting with people every day in her jobs as an assistant in the Office of Institutional Advancement and as a worker and supervisor in the Student Call Center. “Both jobs help me to connect with our alumni and I really love hearing their experiences and connecting with them through Carthage.”
“All of the professors here at Carthage are really amazing and kind. They’re some of my favorite people on campus.”
“I hope to find a job in statistics. I’m looking mostly at analyst positions right now.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“I took a J-Term symposium with Stephanie Mitchell and Susanne Sklar and they were both so amazing to have as professors. Hearing their stories and their views on the world really made me want to make a difference in the world. Also Aaron Trautwein is an amazing professor to have. All of the classes I’ve taken with him have been interesting, and he is one of the nicest professors I’ve met.”
“I really enjoyed my J-Term course Beauty Will Save the World. The class was so much more than just reading and sitting in a classroom. Professors Sklar and Mitchell were really amazing people to interact with every day.”
“I took Real Analysis with Professor Snavely and it was extremely difficult. The material wasn’t something that is really discussed in other math classes, and I’ve never gone that in-depth for a math problem before.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“I have had the good fortune to connect with Carthage’s alumni regularly through my job in the Student Call Center. Also, through my Asian Art and Architecture class, we were able to visit The Art Institute of Chicago and the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison. It was very interesting to see the different art styles from Asia.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“I loved being in the Pep Band and going to all of the sporting events that we supported. The fans, especially when the women’s basketball team did so well, made it such a fun experience to be there. Also, when I met my current roommate, I knew that we would be really great friends. We’ve been living with each other almost two years and I couldn’t have found someone better. I know that we’ll be lifelong friends.”
Favorite spot on campus
“I love just walking down Campus Drive because the campus itself is so beautiful. Though I do tend to spend more time down on the beach.”
Biggest surprise so far
“I’m really surprised at how amazing all of the people here at Carthage are. Everyone is so nice and considerate and I love that about the school.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“My 8-year-old self would think I was crazy. I was never good at math and I didn’t really enjoy it until I was in high school.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“It’s a lot of work and you have to be willing to do it. And if you’re not really passionate about any area of mathematics, it might not be the best option.”