James Hasbrouck

Class Year

’17

Hometown

Wheaton, Ill.

Major(s)

Computer Science

Minor(s)

Mathematics and Music

James Hasbrouck chose Carthage because “he felt at home on campus.” Since his acceptance, he has decided to major in computer science in hopes of studying and researching bioinformatics.

He is part of the Men’s Swim Team, a member of Tau Sigma Chi Fraternity, and played in the Jazz Band and sang in Chapel Choir during his freshman and sophomore year. James also participated in the Biosynthetic Bootcamp which showed him how computer science can be applied to biology.

“My 8-year-old self would be disappointed that I am not a paleontologist, but impressed that I can create complex computer programs and websites,” he said. James further added that his biggest surprise when coming to Carthage has been the quality of the professors. “They have all been helpful and understanding.”

“My biggest surprise would be the quality of professors at this school. They have all been helpful and understanding.”

James Hasbrouck, ’17

Career goal

“I hope to study and research bioinformatics.”

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

Professor Mahoney had an impact on my life at Carthage because he improved my coding skills and got me multiple research opportunities at Carthage. Prof. Shapovalov is also an awesome guy!”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far would have to be Computer Graphics because it is challenging and the projects that we have created so far have been very cool.”

Campus involvement

“I am a part of the Men’s Swim Team and I hope to go to nationals this year. I am a proud member of Tau Sigma Chi Fraternity I also played in the Jazz Band and sang in Chapel Choir my freshman and sophomore year.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class was Calculus II because my professor held the class to a high standard.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I participated in the Biosynthetic Bootcamp this past summer with Prof. Mahoney and Prof. Tobiason. It was a great experience and showed me how computer science can be applied to a seemingly unrelated field like biology.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite memories are the ones that I spent with my friends, whether that was training with them or just hanging out around campus.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot would be Einsteins Bagels because I love my coffee.”

Biggest surprise so far

“My biggest surprise would be the quality of professors at this school. They have all been helpful and understanding.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would be disappointed that I am not a paleontologist, but impressed that I can create complex computer programs and websites.”

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

“I would say that they should never procrastinate on writing their programs because it is always tougher than it seems.”