Patrick Engle

Class Year



Belvidere, Ill.





There are two pieces of advice Patrick Engle would give to prospective Carthage students:

  1. Learn and do as much as you can during your time here.
  2. Get involved with research, or other projects, and apply what you learn to your life.

“Psychology is fascinating and applicable to almost any aspect of your life, and it covers a wide range of topics. Whether you’re interested in how the brain works, how children develop, or simply why students do what they do, psychology is definitely something to consider.”

Patrick is involved in the Carthage College Pep Band, the Psychology Club, and has been invited to conduct research focusing on humor, sarcasm, and irony, under Leslie Cameron.

“If you really take hold of the field you’re studying, you’ll be glad you did.”

Career goal

“After graduating from Carthage I plan to get my master’s degree. I then hope to become some type of counselor, therapist, or continue with schooling to get my doctorate.”

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

Leslie Cameron has had a large influence on my academic career. Being my advisor and instructor for two classes, she has influenced how I am approaching my major academically, as well as in a practical, real-world sense.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class so far has been History of Psychology, which I took during J-Term 2014. The class explored the study of psychology from the earliest Greek philosophers to present day philosophers. It highlighted the formations of important concepts, and those who developed them. I loved how the professor, David Rademacher, presented the class material and structured the class.”

Campus involvement

“I play the trombone in the Carthage College Pep Band and I am also in Psychology Club.”

Toughest class

“The toughest class I have taken so far is Developmental Psychology with Ingrid Tiegel. The class only had four tests and 11 quizzes with no homework or in-class work. However, the material was fascinating and I ended up doing well in the class.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I have recently been invited to conduct research under Leslie Cameron. My group and I will be studying humor and, more specifically, sarcasm and irony.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Most of my favorite memories involve Pep Band, or studying with my friends, but there’s not any specific instance that stands out in my mind.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the upstairs area of the Student Union behind the theater because it’s quiet. I go up there often to study or do homework.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I believe the biggest surprise of my college experience has been how radically different it is from any schooling experience I have ever had previously. I did rather well in high school. I was an Illinois State Scholar and I got A’s and B’s throughout. College is a different type of work and it requires a different approach. In high school I rarely studied, if at all, but now I study every day. It was surprising to see myself change in that way.”

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

“I believe my 8-year-old self would be happy that I am studying a branch of science. I remember always wanting to do so when I was younger. I think he would be especially excited about the research opportunity I have been invited to take part in as it involves doing something that is applicable to the real world.”

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

“I would advise students to really jump in and devote themselves to their studies. Learn as much as you can and do as much as you can. Get involved with research, or other projects, and apply what you learn to your life. Psychology is a tough field, but it’s important and fascinating. If you really take hold of the field you’re studying, you’ll be glad you did.”