Sean Kilbourne ’19 came to Carthage because he believed it was the college where he could form strong relationships with his professors, and he was not disappointed! Professors such as Laura Cristoun, Mark Snavely, and Aaron Tratwein gave him the support he needed to finish school and to realize he had the potential to be a great teacher.
“Knowing that I would have relationships with my professors was one of the reasons why I came to Carthage, and without those relationships and support, I do not know if I would have graduated.”
The confidence Mr. Kilbourne gained from his professors also motivated him to take a year off of teaching after he graduated to fulfill his dream of working at Walt Disney World.
What have you enjoyed most about your career?
“As my Disney College Program comes to a close, I can say that I have enjoyed my time here and appreciate the experience I have gained in my professional career. Although I have enjoyed living my dream, I am ready to move on and start my teaching career next fall.”
How did Carthage prepare you?
“The support I got from my professors and peers to go live my dream helped me to go for it and to not be afraid to take a gap year. Carthage gave me confidence and helped me believe that I could be something bigger than myself. Also, the diversity that Carthage offers helped me in understanding the different cultures many guests at the park have, as well as my students in the classroom.”
How has your liberal arts education helped you?
“For most of my life, I’ve had a hard time with my speech and diction. Carthage’s liberal arts education helped me improve both with the education and acting course that I took. Improving my speech and diction helped my students understand what I taught them and helped my confidence in the classroom.”
Tips for current Carthage students:
“First off, enjoy the time that you have at Carthage because one day you’ll wake up, and it will be graduation, and you’ll be asking “where did the time go?” Take a breath every once in awhile; a bad grade is not the end of the world. Classes are hard, so just try your best. Make friendships with your peers because they will be your biggest supporters, and you will go through hell and back together.”
Favorite Carthage memories:
“There are so many memories from Carthage. There are all the swim meets, fraternity activities such as formal and fundraisers, and the late night studying in the lounges with my hall mates. One of the best memories that I have from Carthage is of when we all celebrated turning in our final edTPAs because that meant we would finally become teachers and that we had made it. Carthage provided and enforced confidence in myself and made me more open to people, showing them who I truly am.”