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  • Kathryn Milschenski '21

Kathryn Milschewski ’21


Carol Stream, Illinois




Secondary Education

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot is the Henry Denhart Residence Hall lobby. I love saying hi to the other resident assistants on duty and hanging out with whoever is there on our staff!”

Career goal

“After graduating from Carthage, I plan on becoming a middle or high school teacher. In addition to teaching, I have a great interest in pursuing education policy and educational book publishing.”

Favorite professor

Professor Maria Carrig has played such an important part in my time at Carthage. She always pushes me to think about a text in a new way and develop unique ideas about our material. She is supportive of my ideas, while offering a much needed critical eye.”

Favorite class

“Prof. Carrig’s Literature in Its Time: Magic and Witchcraft course has been one of my favorite classes. We were able to study the history of magic in literature and how magical thinking in Europe impacted the culture and the literature produced. We read everything from Shakespeare to Paulo Coelho in this course, and it has changed my entire worldview on the history of magic and religion.”

Toughest class

“My freshman year, I took a class with Professor Seemee Ali and Professor Michael McShane on “The Canterbury Tales.” We read the text in its original English, and it has been one of the most challenging reading experiences at Carthage. In that class, I had to think about so many new things and really challenge how I looked at a text.

“Our discussions were complex and specific, and early on, I felt very nervous about my ideas in a room full of juniors and seniors. As I got more comfortable, I was able to write one of my best papers for that class. Although the class was complex, it has changed how I read every book and has shaped my study greatly.”


“I worked at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in Washington D.C. and wrote for an online and in-print magazine called “StudyBreaks.” At the NEH, I worked on developing lesson plans and teacher resources for the NEH’s EDSITEment! website, which offers free resources to teachers around the country.

“I was not only able to produce content online, but I was able to see the NEH’s grant process, meet several senators and congresspeople, and get a sense of the government’s humanities research and education priorities. This internship helped me realize that, although I still want to teach, I also want to play a bigger role in the education community.

“While working for “StudyBreaks,” I wrote weekly articles for their website on music, books, movies, and other pop culture topics. This was my first official writing job, and it helped me explore another facet of my major. Every article was exciting to write, and a few of them received attention.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“For my first J-Term trip, I will be going to Namibia for three weeks. I am excited to see all that the world has to offer.

“Previously, I was part of Prof. Carrig’s Arts and Theatre in Chicago course where we traveled to museums and shows in Chicago throughout J-Term. We were even able to see “Hamilton,” which was an amazing experience!

“I have also gone twice to Stratford, Canada for the Statford Shakespeare Festival. It is a three-day theatre trip in the fall where we get to see six amazing shows and spend a few days exploring a great little town! This was my first time ever traveling out of the country, and it has certainly sparked a new passion for travel.”


“I received the Rudd Scholarship, which covers full-tuition. This scholarship has meant so much in securing my financial future and in making many of my other interests a reality. My NEH internship was unpaid, which would have been really hard to take without the support of my scholarship. Getting a great scholarship here has helped me to explore exciting options for my future.”

Campus involvement

“I am on the women’s track and field team, and I throw discus, shot put, hammer, and weight. It has been a great experience learning the collegiate level throws and learning how to weight lift properly. We practice several hours a day with meets almost every weekend of the second semester, making it my biggest extracurricular commitment.

“I am also part of National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), which is comprised of the top 1 percent of leaders on campus. The group puts on service programs each semester and writes ‘Of the Months’ to recognize great things that are going on throughout campus.

“I have a few different jobs on campus that keep me pretty busy. I am a resident assistant in Henry Denhart Residence Hall, which has been one of the most fun experiences here at Carthage. Not only have I had the chance to meet so many friends, but I have been able to build a community in my residence hall.

“I work at the Center for Faith and Spirituality as part of the Acts of Random Kindness group. We put on monthly programs that spread kindness throughout campus and brighten people’s days!

“I have also taught swim lessons at Carthage, which has been a great way to get some extra teaching experiences while at school.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“I am definitely surprised by the things I have been able to accomplish and the opportunities I was able to participate in. Every college tells you that they provide great opportunities, but Carthage delivers. I have been able to take great internships, travel, and play sports all while studying here at school.”

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

“Eight-year-old me would be a little confused, but she would ultimately be happy. When I was eight, I wanted to be the deputy White House communications director (I know it’s odd). I think she would be excited that I took my passions and let them develop into something new as I got older.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“I tell all freshman to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself and to seek out anything they want but don’t see. It is easy to not do anything in college, but it is more rewarding to be part of something and explore.”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $20,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 3 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …