Herbert Triplett

Class Year



Joliet, Ill.


History and Classical Archeology

Herbert Triplett ’17 has had his head in history books, reading about archaeology, dinosaurs, and the world since a very young age. Now at Carthage, Herbert is pursuing his passions by majoring in history and classical archaeology.

“History is important because it helps us to understand why mankind has existed on earth,” he says. “What has happened in the past explains what can be done in the future.”

Along with his courses, Herbert plays football for Carthage and runs track. He also finds time to be involved with various organizations on campus including Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Black Student Union, and Video Game Club.

After graduating from Carthage, Herbert plans to obtain his master’s degree and explore the world, just like he has dreamed since he was young.

“Do something that you would have enjoyed as a child because that is the key to being happy,” he says.

“My professors drive me to strive for actual knowledge. I’ve realized that anything is possible for students who can truly embrace their passion.” 

Herbert Triplett, ’17

Career goal

“After Carthage, I plan to go to graduate school and do some freelance historian work. I then want to become a museum curator or a teacher.”

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

“The first professor who made a huge impact on me was Stephanie Mitchell. She helped me re-evaluate my effort as a freshman and drove me to strive for actual knowledge. The second professor who influenced me was Eric Pullin. With his charismatic teaching, I realized that anything is possible for students who can truly embrace their passion. He has clearly found a job he loves, and that’s why he has been such a great influence.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class? Well, that’s a hard one. Many of them have been good, but I have to go with Western Heritage II because there was so much discussion.”

Campus involvement

“I belong to four clubs: Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Black Student Union, Video Game Club, and recently I placed myself in a position to join the history fraternity, Phi Alpha Theta. I’m also a double student athlete. I play football as a slot wide receiver and on the track team, I sprint the 400-meter dash and long jump.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class was Elementary Latin.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Representing Carthage at the fall 2014 Black Student Union Conference was impressive.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Nothing will beat my first football game and track meet. However, moving in with my two teammates, and now really great friends, is a close second. I have met hundreds of friends and I’m proud to have left a lasting impression on men and women that I would have not met had I attended a different school.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The stands overlooking the football field are incredible.”

Biggest surprise so far

“Probably the amount of people I’ve met. Even though Carthage is a small, liberal arts school, it doesn’t matter. I’ve met over 700 people. I may be extroverted, but still.”

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

“He would be amazed at my workload and what I can do now. Little Herbert would want to be like me because of all the opportunities I’ve had and because of the fact that I’m studying history. Back then I always had my head in history books and was reading about archeology, dinosaurs, and a lot of other interesting details about the world. This 20-year-old version of him is set to explore the world, just like that 8-year-old read it could be done.”

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

“Find something that you love doing. Don’t do something that will harass you, do something that you would have enjoyed as a child because that is the key to being happy. And whatever you decide to do, pinpoint your strengths. If you love math, and you feel like you can teach, become a math teacher. A combination of these two things work well, especially if you are patient and don’t panic. It’s OK to not know what you want to do as a sophomore. Just really consider your future because what you study, will be it.”