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  • Josey Muske '20

Josey Muske ’20


Kenosha, Wisconsin





Favorite spot on campus

“The table outside of Lab 269 is a common ground for all of my friends, and we always know someone will be around. It is also next to the professor offices in case I have a question. The instructors tend to stop by to put their two cents in after overhearing our conversations, and it’s usually hilarious.”

Career goal

“I plan on looking into a graduate program after Carthage. I am hoping to find a career somewhere in research.”

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

Professor Andrea Henle took me into her zebrafish team as a freshman. Since then, she has guided me and given me numerous research opportunities. She has also aided me in gaining opportunities outside of Carthage, and overall has better prepared me for after graduation.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class was Biology 1110. As a freshman discovering your own phage, practicing lab skills and doing research really helped peak my interest in biology. Most other schools would not offer that kind of lab until later on in an academic career.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class was Organic Chemistry. It requires a different way of thinking and different styles of problem solving skills.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“During the summer of 2017, I participated in Carthage’s SURE program, in which I studied nine cancer cell lines grown under different oxygen conditions. We were looking to see if the protein expression was up or down when regulated between the two conditions. In the summer of 2018, I was accepted into the research program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota to work in the immunology department.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Through Carthage, I have been able to present my research at Celebration of Scholars, Midstates, and the Autumn Immunology Conference.”


“I receive the academic honors scholarship along with a few smaller scholarships. These scholarships are the reason I am able to attend Carthage.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and the president of the Biology Club. Our goal is to help underclassman feel comfortable in the department, gain advice for the future, and gain confidence in themselves.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I find my favorite moments are when I am with friends doing things for the Biology Department. We have all gone through the same trials, all make silly mistakes, and all need a good laugh at times. To feel so connected to those going through the same thing as me has really made my time at Carthage.”

Biggest surprise so far

“When you come to a college, you think the professors are so intimidating, but through working with so many of them, you begin to see how kind, caring, helpful, and funny they all can be. It’s always fun when you start picking up on the quirks that everyone else talks about.”

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

“Biology has so many fields within itself that there is something for everyone. Be prepared to work because it is not the easiest of majors. However, when you look back, you will realize how far you have come and that moment really makes you proud. If you integrate yourself into the department, you will make so many friends and get great advice, and even better experience that will prepare you for the future.”


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.

    • Beyond the campus boundaries, dinosaur fossils are prepared at the Carthage Institute of Paleontolgoy in Kenosha. A lengthy pterodactyl flight away, Finca Esperanza serves as a base camp for J-Term medical and water quality missions to Nicaragua. 

    • 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 …