Ryeshia Farmer

Class Year



Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Great Ideas, English


Political Science

Ryeshia Farmer isn’t surprised that she ended up double-majoring in Great Ideas and English at  Carthage. What did surprise her? Adding a political science minor to her academic lineup. “There are so many opportunities at Carthage, and I hope to take advantage of those,” she explained.

That means getting involved outside of class, too. Ryeshia is involved in Kappa Phi Eta, United Women of Color, Black Student Union, Residence Life, Carthage’s Belly Dance Club, and is a writing fellow in the Writing Center. She has also been a field intern, campaigning for a state assemblyman in the Milwaukee district.

In the future, she hopes to do some form of political writing and looks forward to pursuing her passion at Carthage.

“At Carthage I’ve experienced persistent and helpful faculty and staff relationships. Also, when you walk around, you always see familiar faces. I love Carthage!”

Ryeshia Farmer, ’17

Career goal

“I would like to do some form of political writing such as writing for magazines, legislation, or editorials, but I will probably attend graduate school for political science first.”

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

Prof. Pamela Smiley taught one of the English classes I took as a freshman, and she is now my academic advisor. She has been nothing but supportive since I’ve started in her classroom. She has helped me get scholarships, has written recommendation letters for on-campus jobs, and has offered me one of the best in-class instructions I’ve received at Carthage. She continues to guide me through my English major, and inform me of opportunities that allow me to exercise my passion for writing and make the best of my college experience.”

Favorite class

“I believe that Prof. Richard Heitman’s Introduction to Philosophy J-Term course has been my favorite. The readings were challenging but very interesting. I was also able to write about my own ideas in that class, which is something I most value in academics.”

Campus involvement

“I am a sister of Kappa Phi Eta, a member of United Women of Color, vice president of Black Student Union, a Resident Assistant, and a writing fellow in our Writing Center.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class has been Prof. Rick Meier’s Creative Writing Studio. Although I am a writer, Meier’s course really forced me to step outside of my comfort zone.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“This past summer, I was a field intern on a campaign for a state assemblyman in the Milwaukee district. I met some great people and learned a lot by just phone banking, canvassing, entering voter data, helping write scripts for volunteers, and running an initiative that helped our candidate gain support.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I’ve entered writing contests and have held leadership positions in my sorority as well as Black Student Union. I’ve also performed at big events with Carthage’s Belly Dance Club. I plan to participate in the Carthage in Chicago program and take the 2015 J-term Italy trip. Carthage has more opportunities than meet the eye and I try to take advantage of those.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I always love the moments when Carthage seems to come together as a whole, such as Homecoming, sporting events, or huge social gatherings and big dinners. Those boost the Carthage pride.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite place on campus is the TARC (N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center). It’s beautiful and has so many resources for staying active.”

Biggest surprise so far

“Honestly, seeing so many familiar faces in one setting is surprising — so surprising that I wonder if I’m on the right campus whenever I walk into a place where there aren’t a lot of people that I know.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would be proud. She would think ‘Of course you’re an English and Great Ideas major, but how did you end up with political science!?’”

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

“Take a few classes first. It’s best to figure out what you want out of the major, and what skills you want to build so you can figure out your path before declaring it, but definitely do it!”