“I honestly have no idea! I feel confident knowing I have a lot of options with sociology as my major. I know grad school is somewhere in my future, but I’m really enjoying the work I’ve been doing in Campus Recreation here.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Professor Rick Matthews, my advisor and the department chair, has had a huge impact on my academic path. In an education system that rewards test scores and grades, Prof. Matthews rewards engagement and thoughtful learning. His teaching philosophy is refreshing and powerful, and he is a huge reason I changed my major to sociology. He also chooses not to own a cell phone, and studies and trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, if that tells you how cool he is.
Not exactly a professor, but Sam Craig, manager of the TARC and Campus Recreation, has had the greatest impact on my experience at Carthage. She sparked my passion for group fitness last year, and I’ve worked for her in the TARC for the past year. Sam has an incredible work ethic, crazy organization, and she does everything with passion. It’s been great to learn from her and grow from all the experiences.”
“One of my favorite classes was Issues in American History with Professor Eric Pullin. I learned so much that I never knew about our country’s history, and Prof. Pullin is an all-around fantastic professor, so it was great to learn from him.”
“My toughest class was also my favorite, Issues in American History! As with any class, getting fully engaged in the content can make the class more challenging, but it was so rewarding. Prof. Pullin pushed me, and I pushed myself to think critically and work hard in a way that I’m really proud of looking back.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Costa Rica during J-Term for a class called Open the Door: A Crash Course in Creativity. We learned about the music, art, and healing practices of indigenous and contemporary Costa Rican communities. I wish there were words to describe how incredible the experience was!”
“Attending college is undoubtedly a huge privilege, and I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to do so, but the expense of school can be overwhelming and discouraging at times. One of the major scholarships I received from Carthage was the Academic Honors Scholarship, which rewarded my hard work in high school and encouraged me to maintain that work ethic while studying at Carthage.”
“I’m a member of Latinx United. We recently went to a conference in Chicago called United States Hispanic Leadership Institute. I’m also super involved at the TARC. I teach kickboxing and spin classes through the Campus Recreation Program. I’m a student lead on the TARC staff, the people you see at the desks in the control room, Semler Fitness Center, and Field House. I also work with Sam Craig and other members of our team on projects and events for Campus Rec, like the Every Kid Needs a Superhero 5k.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“I lived on a really social floor my freshman year, so I’ll never forget the random adventures my floormates and I shared, like rolling down the hall on our suitcases or attempting to cook family dinner on a George Foreman. Another one of my favorite things is to wake up to watch the sun rise over the lake. It never gets old!”
Biggest surprise so far
“I was a psychology major for about a month and changed to social science and secondary education because I’d thought about teaching my whole life. Now I’m in sociology. So, I think the biggest surprise was realizing that my passions were shifting and that the career I dreamed of my whole life was no longer of interest to me. Taking advantage of opportunities to explore other interests at Carthage has been a rewarding and liberating experience!”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I think my 8-year-old self would be pretty impressed with who I am today, including my studies and career path. Back when I was eight I thought I was supposed to finish school and then be a stay-at-home mom, so I’m pretty thrilled that I have more options than just that.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“There are so many opportunities to explore what interests you, and the faculty members within the department have a way of keeping you engaged and eager to learn. Try all sorts of different classes and don’t be afraid to listen to your gut. Talk to people in the field, talk to your professors, and know that you don’t have to have your whole life figured out right now!”