Kevin Cargo

Class Year



Oswego, Ill.


Graphic Design, Communication

Before coming to Carthage, Kevin Cargo was already getting real world experience working for Weblinx, a Chicago website design company. This experience sparked his interest in web and graphic design. 

“Carthage has top-of-the-line software and tools that allow graphic design students to excel in the classroom,” Kevin said. “Not to mention, the faculty is so knowledgeable about the subjects they are teaching. It’s reassuring to know that you are learning from the best.”

As Kevin moves into his senior year, he is focused on learning everything he can before he graduates. He wants to be as dynamic as possible in every aspect of his field. “When you become fluent in numerous programs on the computer, it makes you a more qualified candidate when you are applying for jobs. … It’s a nice feeling when you know you have put in the hard work and are ready for what the real world has to offer.”

Kevin decided to attend Carthage at the last minute; he was already enrolled at a Big Ten university. When he looks back at this decision, he said, he couldn’t be happier.

“Choosing what college to go to is extremely hard, but I am so glad I decided to come to Carthage. The personal interaction Carthage offers is second to none. That is what I enjoy most.”

“Carthage has top-of-the-line software and tools that allow graphic design students to excel in the classroom.”

Kevin Cargo, ’13

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

“I can’t decide between Laura Huaracha and Jose Montoto. Both work so hard to push their students toward their potential and future successes.”

Favorite class

“History of Graphic Design. It covered so much of the history of what I’m so interested in.”

Campus involvement

“I am the vice president of external relations for Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, co-president of Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honors Fraternity, and vice president of public relations for DRAFT Graphic Design Club.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I have had an internship with Weblinx Inc. for six years now. It is a suburban web and graphic design firm. It has been an awesome experience where I have learned so much. I’ve also worked on several client-based web design projects, as well as several print and other graphic projects.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I traveled to Guatemala with professors Ed Montanaro and Stephanie Mitchell in January 2011. This trip was absolutely incredible. J-Term gives students an incredible opportunity to travel.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I really enjoyed President Campbell’s final State of the College address. It’s interesting to know where the College has been and see how much he contributed to what the College is now. He’s going to be sorely missed by Carthage. … Homecoming is always a blast; it’s fun to catch up with alumni and friends whom you haven’t seen in a long time.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The beach. How many other college campuses can say they have a personal beach to relax on?”

Biggest surprise so far

“How much I’ve enjoyed the personal, small college environment. I was ready to attend a Big Ten college, and in hindsight, I’m so glad I chose Carthage. Their personal interaction is so much more beneficial to my education.” 

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

“Be open to change. I’ve seen so many students come into a graphic design environment and be surprised when professors or other students ask to see tweaks or changes to their work. This is not a business where there is one right answer, or one single way of doing things. In the real world, you will have clients who are looking to see different things. Flexibility is a key selling point for yourself that will only benefit you in the work field.”