“Take this time to find your passions. Once you find what ignites curiosity within you, pursue this with all you have.”
Jennifer Hartig ’19 believes that students need to pursue their passions in college, just as she did when she was a great ideas major at Carthage. The efforts she put into pursuing her interests earned her three awards with the Great Ideas Department.
Ms. Hartig is able to share her love of great books with her sixth and seventh grade students at Great Hearts; where her and her students read, write, and talk about books from the Western Cannon.
What have you enjoyed most about your career?
“What I love most about my career is that I get to help the future generation think deeply about what it means to be human, and in doing so, both my students and I become better, kinder people.”
How did Carthage prepare you?
“Studying great books with wonderful students and professors at Carthage definitely influenced the way I think and view the world. Apart from gaining an incredible academic experience as a great ideas major at Carthage, I think being involved in so many organizations on campus has helped prepare me for the intense time commitment and involvement teaching has been.”
How has your liberal arts education benefitted you?
“Having gone to a liberal arts college has completely changed how I approach problems. When I need to collaborate with fellow teachers on how to best serve a struggling student, I try to use different perspectives to gain a comprehensive understanding of the problem. I think about which strategies may be more effective in certain subject areas and how different implementations may affect the student’s ability to learn.”
Tips for current Carthage students:
“Take this time to find your passions. Once you find what ignites curiosity within you, pursue this with all you have. Ask for help — especially from professors. Meet with your professors during office hours and get to know them as real people because they can help you pursue what you want with your life after Carthage. Make sure that whatever you decide to do, it fills you with joy and purpose. Oh, right, and have fun with your friends!”
Favorite Carthage memories:
“As a freshman, I found three fellow freshmen (and eventually best friends) in an Intro to Philosophy course, and I remember staying up late together arguing over Plato’s Meno. I loved it. Going to a soup kitchen while I was part of Pi Delta Chi, which has since become Alpha Phi Omega (yay!), is something I’ll always remember. I made life-long friends who love doing service and the occasional spa night! Carthage is merely a place (and yes, a quite beautiful place). I think the people at Carthage shaped me into the person I am today. Finding fellow students who have similar passions and different perspectives has influenced me more than I probably realize. Finding professors who truly want the best for me and challenge me to follow my heart — despite my fear — has inspired me to become a teacher and try to pay it forward.”