Ashlynn Rickord

Class Year

’15

Hometown

Oak Forest, Ill.

Major(s)

History, Religion

Minor(s)

Secondary Education

Ashlynn Rickord decided to make Carthage her home after repeated visits to the campus. “Once I got involved on campus, I fell in love! Carthage offers its students so many opportunities and experiences that it really feels like a home away from home,” she said. “I have met such great people along the way and could not imagine being anywhere else.”

Ashlynn loves to be involved and she has found many opportunities to keep busy at Carthage. “I am the type of person who always loves to have something to do, and I have definitely lived out that philosophy during my first three years,” she remarked. “I am a member of Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Alpha Theta, Theta Alpha Kappa, National Residence Hall Honorary, Omicron Delta Kappa, Honors Council, and that’s just to name a few. …There has never been a dull moment at Carthage!” 

“I have only the fondest memories of my time at Carthage. I cannot wait to see what my senior year brings and I hope to make many more memories that will last a lifetime!”

Ashlynn Rickord, ’15

Career goal

“Once I graduate, I will probably teach high school history for a few years with the eventual goal of getting my master’s degree in public history. From there, I would like to work for the government to put buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and save them from destruction.”

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

Thomas Noer has hands down been my biggest role model at Carthage! From freshman until my senior year, he has guided me through everything. When I need help deciding on what classes to take, what career path to follow, or just life advice, Noer has always been there for me. I have been so lucky to have such a brilliant man as my professor and adviser for the last three years, and I will continue to value the impact he has had on me for the rest of my life. He always talks in class about the significance some of his professors had on him, and one day when I have my own classroom, I will be talking about him!”

Favorite class

“The History of Chicago and Milwaukee! Being a Chicago native, it was so exciting being able to learn about my own city’s history. We got to go on field trips to both Chicago and Milwaukee, so who wouldn’t love that?!”

Campus involvement

“I’m involved in a ton of organizations at Carthage. I am the type of person who always loves to have something to do and I have definitely lived out that philosophy during my first three years. I am a member of Alpha Chi OmegaAlpha Lambda DeltaPhi Alpha ThetaTheta Alpha KappaNational Residence Hall HonoraryOmicron Delta KappaHonors Council, and that’s just to name a few.”

Toughest class

“Definitely Western Heritage in my first year. Coming from a public high school, I never really received any instruction in thinking philosophically, so being exposed to ancient texts in that way was a definite challenge.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“During the summer going into my junior year at Carthage, I interned at the National Hellenic Museum in downtown Chicago. My position was an education intern, where I created interactive exhibits for children, organized public programming events, and completed extensive research on different subjects of Greek history. With this internship, I also was a participant in the Smeds Internship Program at Carthage and competed for Intern of the Year.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“One of the best opportunities I had while at Carthage was being president of Alpha Lambda Delta my sophomore year. During my term, I was able to travel down to San Antonio, Texas, to the national conference where I got to meet other ALD executive board members from around the country. Even more exciting was the news that I won the Alpha Lambda Delta Jo Anne Trow Undergraduate Scholarship, the first person in Carthage history to win such a prestigious award!”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“There has never been a dull moment at Carthage! From late night hangouts in the library with friends, to hanging on the DU floor, to having bonding nights with my sorority sisters, I have only the fondest memories of my time at Carthage. I cannot wait to see what my senior year brings and I hope to make many more memories that will last a lifetime.”

Favorite spot on campus

“When I need to do homework or study, I love to go downstairs in the library to the big area of open tables. There are about three tables down there that I always go between. There are a group of us who call ourselves ‘the Library Regulars’ because we all have specific tables we like and we all keep watch for each other to make sure no one invades our table territory!”

Biggest surprise so far

“That I would really feel like Carthage is my home. I was really worried when I went away to school that I would get homesick and would not be able to handle being away. After these three years so far at school, I really do see Carthage as my second home. I have met such great people along the way and could not imagine being anywhere else.”

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

“It would be exactly in line with what I would have wanted at 8 years old. I have always been a history buff and knew from a very young age that I would pursue studying history for the rest of my life. My 8-year-old self would give me a high five for following my dreams!”

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

“Follow your heart. Do not worry too much about the money or the limitations. Do what makes you happy. Everything else will fall in to place from there.”