Even though she wanted to be a school bus driver growing up, Presidential scholarship recipient Ainsley Anderson has found a home at Carthage studying language. Extremely immersed in Carthage’s Japanese program, Ainsley has been able to participate in Japanese Club, a Japanese Bible Study group, and tea club, among many other organizations.
Ainsley encourages prospective Carthage students to recognize the value of language and take interest in the cultures and countries that comes with it. With an open attitude, she looks forward to the rest of her years at Carthage with excitement and appreciation for her professors and friends.
“I am keeping my options open at this point.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“My favorite class is my Japanese class because it is entertaining and the language and culture is fascinating.”
“My toughest class has to be my Western Heritage class because I can feel my brain growing with knowledge every time I am in the class.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“I constantly think about all the times that I have stayed up late at night discussing politics and religion with friends.”
Biggest surprise so far
“The biggest surprise is how busy I am and yet, not at all. I am mostly confused.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I would be shocked. I wanted to be a bus driver when I was 8 years old. I adored the color yellow, maybe a bit too much.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“If you are teaching yourself Japanese like I was, be sure to learn hiragana and katakana. Japanese is a fun language to learn and speak. Good luck!”