Zachary Sullivan

Class Year

’16

Hometown

Kenosha, Wis.

Major(s)

Social Work

Minor(s)

Psychology, Sociology

Coming to Carthage was an easy decision for Zachary Sullivan. “I chose Carthage because it is a great school that is well known by employers for its standard of education,” he said. “I also received a scholarship, which made my choice that much easier.”

Choosing a major, however, took Zachary in an unexpected direction. “At first, I didn’t even consider social work,” he said. “I’ve since realized that this major opens the door to work with just about any group, in any part of the world. It’s a major of endless opportunities, which is why it interests me so much.” 

In the future, Zachary plans to work with adults with developmental disabilities or with an international organization that works with addressing poverty or modern day slavery.

“There are tons of possibilities out there within this major and it can take you just about anywhere in the world, to accomplish just about anything you’re passionate about.”

Zachary Sullivan, ’16

Career goal

“I’d like to either work with adults with developmental disabilities or work for an international organization that works with addressing poverty or modern day slavery.”

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

Professor Dani Geary helped create an atmosphere of open discussion and the ability to challenge other peoples’ perspectives in the Social Work Policy course. It was a style of teaching that was different from any other professor that I’ve had, but I learned and grew a lot in the course within the area of policy. Dr.Linda Noer is another great professor within the major, who is also my counselor. She does a great job helping me decide which classes fit best with my future career goals, which I appreciate.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class has been Social Work Policy because it helped challenge my views and encouraged me to look at things from different perspectives. Although some of my views changed throughout the course, others were solidified further, which helped me understand what I stand for.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class at Carthage has been Economics of Poverty and Inequality. I took the course because it sounded perfect for what I am interested in doing in the future, but the course load was excessive. The reading assignments and paper responses were hard to manage at times due to the amount given, which made the class tough.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I’m planning on going on a J-Term trip this upcoming January to Ghana.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Some of my favorite memories are those in which I implemented my new knowledge outside of the classroom. The friendships formed with professors and classmates have been awesome, too.”

Favorite spot on campus

“I like to study in Starbucks or Einstein’s.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise for me was probably enjoying school for the first time. College courses allow freedom within the day to do other things besides education, and the schedules that I’ve had so far have been great.”

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

“I always wanted to own my own restaurant when I was younger, so my 8-year-old self would be surprised with this choice. I always wanted to see the world, though, and have always been interested in different people groups, so I can look back and see why I chose the studies that I have.”

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

“Go for it! There are tons of possibilities out there within this major, and it can take you just about anywhere in the world, to accomplish just about anything you’re passionate about.”