Kansas City, Missouri
Teylor Douglas-Perkins chose Carthage for its exceptional Modern Languages Department, and being chosen for the prestigious Modern Language Scholarship made it possible for her to attend. Teylor is a French major with a minor in Spanish. She hopes to use both of these in the future as an interpreter. “Other students should consider my major because languages open so many doors in various career fields,” she said. “When you’re able to say that you are fluent in a language other than your own, potential employers become very interested and attracted to you and your skill.”
Teylor has been very involved on campus with various diversity organizations. She is a member of Black Student Union, secretary for United Women of Color, and the student leader for the Carthage Diversity Council. She is also the president of social sorority Sigma Omega Sigma and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honorary Fraternity.
“You never know what’s behind a door. It could be a blessing or a lesson waiting to be learned. Be fearless!”
“I hope to attend graduate school and obtain a master’s degree in French translation and interpretation.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Professor Isabel Rivero-Vila has had a tremendous impact on my Carthage career. She has worked hard and patiently with me while I pursue a higher education in language. She has inspired me to strive for what I believe is best for me and to be as open-minded as possible when going into any situation. Another professor who has had an impact on both my life and Carthage career is Professor Sandie Bisciglia. Sandie has shown me that it’s OK to be you and to be proud of who you are, no matter what. She’s a great example of a woman who stands up for what’s right and for what she believes in. Her morals and standards align with my own, making her an ideal role model for me.”
“My favorite class at Carthage has been Professor Bisciglia’s Understanding of Religion 1000 course. This course made me even more aware and tolerant of various religions than I originally thought I was. I loved her teaching style, the videos, and movies shown in the class. Everyone needs to experience a class with Professor Bisciglia. It’s life-changing!”
“My toughest class has been my Physics for Future Presidents course because I went into the class thinking I was going to get something totally different out of the class than what I got. It was a very challenging course.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“I have been fortunate enough to be chosen as a student leader for the Carthage Diversity Council.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“Some of my favorite Carthage moments include meeting my group of best friends, crossing over into the phenomenal sistahood of Sigma Omega Sigma, and receiving the French Modern Language Scholarship.”
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spot on campus is the area behind the Kissing Rock overlooking the lake.”
Biggest surprise so far
“The biggest surprise so far has been all of the opportunities I’ve been afforded while attending this College.Carthage has been an extreme blessing to me. The Modern Languages Department has welcomed me with open arms and has been an awesome support system thus far!”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“My 8-year-old self would think that my current career path was crazy because I used to HATE learning French when I was younger.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Come into this major with an open mind and open heart. You never know what’s behind a door. It could be a blessing or a lesson waiting to be learned. Be fearless! Get ready to study abroad and choose wisely when choosing which country to go to.”