Sabrina Lato

Class Year

’17

Hometown

Warrenville, Ill.

Major(s)

Mathematics and Japanese

Minor(s)

French

Carthage’s friendly, enthusiastic atmosphere, along with its J-Term program, the Department of Modern Languages, and Lake Michigan helped Sabrina Lato ’17 make the decision to call the College home.

Now that she’s here, Sabrina is majoring in mathematics and Japanese. “Whatever your future plans may be, knowing another language will help. Similarly, there are many jobs where logic, creativity, and the ability to work with numbers will help. Mathematics is beautiful, true, and lasting.”

Some of her favorite moments at Carthage have been her study abroad trip to Cuba and her involvement with modern languages. “The Study Abroad program here is amazing and the modern languages have a lunch table once a week where students, professors, and TLEs will get lunch together and speak the target language. It’s a wonderful opportunity to practice speaking in a more relaxed setting.”

“Although it was one of my reasons for coming to Carthage, I’m still amazed by how supportive my professors have been. From classwork and independent study, to study abroad, they have been helpful and encouraging.”

Sabrina Lato, ’17

Career goal

“I hope to attend graduate school.”

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

Mark Snavely has been extremely supportive as a teacher and as an academic adviser.”

Favorite class

“I highly enjoyed Abstract Algebra because it focused on modern mathematics.”

Campus involvement

“I am currently the treasurer of French Club, which involves scheduling meetings, movie nights, and outings to Milwaukee and Chicago. I also attend Japanese and Math Club meetings.”

Toughest class

“Although my language classes have certainly been intensive, my hardest class was probably Real Analysis because of its focus on well-structured mathematical proof.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“During my freshman year, I was able to take a J-Term trip to Cuba. I wouldn’t have had that opportunity anywhere else, and it was fascinating to learn about Cuba and the effects of the embargo directly from Cubans.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“The modern languages have a lunch table once a week where students, professors, and TLEs will get lunch together and speak the target language. It’s a wonderful opportunity to practice speaking in a more relaxed setting.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The chairs in the library by the Italian and Spanish fiction books.”

Biggest surprise so far

“Although it was one of my reasons for coming to Carthage, I’m still amazed by how supportive my professors have been. From classwork and independent study, to study abroad, they have been helpful and encouraging.”

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

“When I was 8, my older brother was on a path to receive his Ph.D. in history, my older sister had recently decided she wanted to be a rocket scientist, and I was panicking because I had no idea what I was doing with my life. So, 8-year-old me would be delighted that I have finally decided on a college major. However, she’d probably be confused about why I was studying Japanese.”

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

“If you’re considering a foreign language major, then I recommend you plan early for it. The Study Abroad program here is amazing, but it does require planning to make sure you graduate on time. If you’re considering math, remember that it is the only major where you can definitively prove something. If you have the talent and the interest, why wouldn’t you want to study it more? On the more practical side, learn LaTeX, because it will make your typed papers look so much nicer.”