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Class Year



Lake Geneva, Wis.


Classics and Archaeology


Geographic Information Science

Career goal

“I’m looking to utilize my geographic information science certification in tandem with archaeology to explore locations and uncover great mysteries of the past.”

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

“The first name that comes to mind is Professor David Duncan. It was his passion for teaching Western Heritage I and II where I discovered my own interest in the past. Prof. Duncan diligently worked with me to pick up my education career after my time in the military ended. He has always been open, honest, and sincere in his lectures, while also ensuring I understood class material. These qualities have fostered the highest level of respect and admiration towards him.”

Favorite class

“American Literary Traditions. We got to witness the change of the English language firsthand, study, and write our own interpretations while learning to appreciate how beautiful the English language can be.”

Campus involvement

“I don’t entirely belong to any club or organization yet. That being said I’ve had a large involvement with the theater departments latest production, Afghanistan in Wisconsin. Being a combat veteran who served in Afghanistan, it’s really been a great time working with the cast and crew to get this production as accurate, and real as possible. Everyone involved has done such an amazing job. I’m finding a whole new interest I never had before!”

Toughest class

“Greek, hands down. There are so many different rules for transcribing the language it can become hectic. However It’s an amazing experience when I’m able to understand and read the language. It really has been awesome.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I’ll be undertaking a J-Term trip to Omrit during the summer of 2016. The trip is going to be a culmination of everything I’ve studied here at Carthage, and I simply cannot wait. Utilizing my archaeology knowledge, while being able to work on a religious dig site, using all my GIS skills. It’s going to be such a great experience.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I would have to say my favorite moment was watching the theater department put their show, Afghanistan in Wisconsin on for opening night. I worked a lot with them, sharing personal feelings and experiences, allowing them to put on such an amazing stage performance. I’m proud of each and everyone one of the cast and crew involved.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The new addition, hands down. It’s quite and comfortable. On a nice day one may find themselves outside on a patio enjoying the scenery of Lake Michigan. It’s a really great area for me to study or get my work done.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I was very intimidated about starting college after such a long hiatus from school. I had all those negative thoughts in my mind, “what if it’s too hard”, “what if I’m not smart enough”. But I never let them triumph over reason. On top of that I’ve found that I very much enjoy my classes and my education, and I’m not struggling. So my biggest surprise is that none of this is insurmountable. Just apply yourself.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would probably high-five me and tell me how awesome I am. hahah Younger Larry would be excited for the adventures that lay ahead of him.”

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

“To just get involved, get the information that’s out there. There are so many different opportunities arising out of a classics major that, to say the least, it’s a great experience. The people involved are smart, fun, and witty to boot. So allowing yourself to delve into the past, will ultimately help you while moving towards the future.”