Jordan Atwater

Class Year

’17

Hometown

Havana, Illinois

Major(s)

Criminal Justice

Minor(s)

Spanish and Psychology

Jordan Atwater loved the atmosphere of Carthage as soon as he visited the campus. He knew the professors would help him gain valuable skills to use in a career in law enforcement. “I chose Carthage for their great Criminal Justice Program and excellent facilities.”

Jordan is a member of the men’s basketball team and has formed a strong bond with the other players. “My favorite moments at Carthage have been spending time together as a team. We have a tight bond that we classify more as a family than a team.”

“My biggest surprise so far is that the transition from high school to college wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated. The easy transition has a lot to do with small class sizes, and professors who genuinely want students to excel in life.”

Jordan Atwater, ’17

Career goal

“I hope to obtain a job in the criminal justice field doing something with investigations or detective work.”

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

Pascal Rollet was a great Spanish professor. He taught me more in a semester than I had learned in four years of high school. He challenged our class, but also made the process fun.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class so far was Intro to Criminal Justice. Barry Ottmann was a great teacher whom I learned a lot from.”

Campus involvement

“I am a part of the basketball team. Basketball is a great stress reliever for me and gives me a family outside of my actual family. l have enjoyed every moment of being with the basketball team at Carthage.”

Toughest class

Western Heritage has definitely been my toughest class so far.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I got to go to California for a sports journalism baseball trip (through Carthage’s J-Term). It was a great experience and I was able to tour several places that I wouldn’t have normally been able to visit on my own.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moments from Carthage have been spending time with the basketball team. We have a tight bond that we classify more as a family than a team.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus would have to be either the Student Union or the TARC.”

Biggest surprise so far

“My biggest surprise so far is that the transition from high school to college wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated. The easy transition has a lot to do with small class sizes, and professors who genuinely want students to excel in life.”

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

“As an 8-year-old, I wanted to drive a race car. Since I am in school and not driving a race car, I think 8-year-old me might be a little disappointed.”

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

“I would advise students to take the intro classes and other general requirements before fully getting into your major classes. Major classes are the ones that are obviously going to be more important to you in the long run.”