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Student Voices

  • Joshua Maloney

Joshua Maloney ’20


Beloit, Wisconsin




Creative Writing

Favorite spot on campus

“I love being as close to the lake as possible. It helps me think and clear my mind, which is great when the stress of college life gets to me!”

Career goal

I would love to work as an actor, director, and playwright after college. After a few years of experience, I’d like to return to my education and pursue a postgraduate degree.”

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

Professor Neil Kristian Scharnick is a fascinating and inspiring man. He dedicates himself to helping his students. He has helped me expand my knowledge and pursue incredible ideas, and I love that about him.”

Favorite class

“It’s hard to say. I find so many of my classes valuable! However, I’m currently in Costume Design, and the class environment that we create is phenomenal. The amount of fun we have, the creative expression, and the challenges we are presented with constantly have me excited to go back.”

Toughest class

“American Literary Traditions with Professor Shannon Brennan. She is one of the best educators I know and helps nurture her students while still challenging them. I’m in another one of her classes right now, and I couldn’t be more excited!”

Internships or on-campus employment

“No, but I’ve been on the lookout. A great thing about this program is that I’m able to contact my professors, and they’re very helpful in getting me started.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Never in my life have I worked on so many shows nonstop! The diverse ways in which I’ve helped with each production have been outstanding, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”


“I received a few, but I’m most grateful for my theatre scholarship. Coming from a less fortunate home, it was nice that the Carthage theatre program truly showed they wanted me here and would do what they could to make it happen.”

Campus involvement

“I’m involved in plays, musicals, and everything that happens on the stage. I am constantly working on a production.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I live in the Oaks, and we all live so close to each other. Being able to have that much of a connection with those living around me makes campus truly feel like home.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise was how easily I was able to adapt to the culture on campus and in our department. I always felt so welcomed, and it made the transition so much easier.”

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

“I’d hope that he’d be proud. I’m taking a lot of risks I wouldn’t have as a kid, and I’m truly working to make a future for myself in a relatively unstable career. I don’t think I’d have done that even three years ago. The environment here has helped turn me into that kind of person.”

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

“Be ready to work. Great opportunities come to those who show they can do it!”


Madeline Paakkonen ’21
  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …