Joseph White ’24, from Kenosha, Wisconsin, chose Carthage not only for its nursing and athletic programs, but also for the College’s small class sizes and the ability to form connections with his professors. “I built great relationships with some of the faculty within the nursing program. The faculty kept me motivated during challenging classes and supported me both in and outside the classroom.”
“Other students should consider my major if they’re really passionate about providing care to people on a physical, mental, and emotional level. Nurses have the ability to impact the lives of individuals during their most vulnerable circumstances. It is an incredible feeling to provide comfort and support to others when they need it most.”
“After I graduate from Carthage, I hope to be employed as a registered nurse at a hospital. I am not sure on which department I would want to work in yet; however, I plan to come to a decision by the end of all my clinical rotations this year.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“I built great relationships with some of the faculty within the nursing program. The faculty kept me motivated during challenging classes and supported me both in and outside the classroom. Their support helped me push myself during adversity and continually achieve academic success.”
“My favorite class at Carthage so far is the acrylic painting class I took over J-Term my freshman year. Having an outlet to express my creativity and improve on a hobby was truly an enjoyable experience.”
“My toughest class at Carthage was Pharmacology. The class was very content-heavy and felt overwhelming — so passing increased my confidence in my academic ability.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“Here at Carthage, I had the opportunity to speak at the 2022 President’s Dinner. It was a pleasure meeting the donors behind scholarships like the Kenosha Oaks Scholarship I received. I am appreciative I got the chance to share my story with them.”
“An important factor that enabled me to attend Carthage was the Kenosha Oaks Scholarship. I always knew I wanted to go to college, but I wasn’t sure how I’d pay for it. This scholarship eliminated a large part of the financial burden associated with college and made achieving my future career goals attainable.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“I am a thrower on the Carthage men’s track and field team. So far, during my athletic career at Carthage, I have become the record holder in three events. In addition, I became a two-time all-American athlete and the Division III 2022 Outdoor Shot Put National Champion.”
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spot on campus is the Campbell Student Union. I really enjoy playing pool, table tennis, and foosball with my friends there.”
Biggest surprise so far
“The biggest surprise so far has been how much my experiences here have helped me to mature and become the person I am today. I have undergone tremendous growth during my time here, and I am truly proud of the man I’ve become.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“My 8-year-old self would be very proud of my current career path. Although my career plans have changed a couple of times since then, I am passionate about the nursing path I’m on now.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Other students should consider my major if they’re really passionate about providing care to people on a physical, mental, and emotional level. Nurses have the ability to impact the lives of individuals during their most vulnerable circumstances. It is an incredible feeling to provide comfort and support to others when they need it most. If you choose the nursing major, I advise you to find a strong support system among your peers to help you stay focused on your career goals. A support system is a great source of motivation and encouragement.”
“I chose Carthage because of their direct admission nursing program. I was thrilled to begin taking steps to achieve my career goals. I was also drawn to Carthage’s small class sizes and beautiful lakeside campus. Additionally, I heard great things about the Carthage track and field program from my high school coach and wanted to be a part of it.”