French and Secondary Education
Madeline Owca’s love for English goes deeper than reading and writing. To her, English is the basis for many other subjects.
“Great writers can teach us about history, psychology, and art — all woven into beautiful stories and verses. Great works of literature are often the basis for culture, so if you want to understand other cultures better, start with their literature.”
She hopes to use her English degree after Carthage to teach high school level English, and eventually get involved with education on a government level.
Her greatest advice to someone who is studying English is to make time to read and read outside of your comfort zone. “I never thought I would like Kafka or Vonnegut, but reading them gave me valuable knowledge about surrealism that has helped me in my studies in a big way!”
“There is such a strong sense of community here. Everyone from the professors to the students want to help you succeed!”
“I hope to teach high school level English, and eventually get involved with education on a government level through a school board or otherwise.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Pascal Rollet actually interviewed me for the Lincoln Scholarship, and now I have the privilege of being in his French class. Prof. Rollet is part of the reason I decided to minor in French. His class is so engaging, and he is truly teaching us to understand French in a global context. Pamela Smiley has also already had such a positive impact on me here at Carthage. The discussions we have in her class are fascinating, and I’m learning to appreciate literature from a whole new perspective.”
“I absolutely love my American Literature course because it encompasses so much more than just literature. We discuss religion, history, feminism, even Disney movies, all in relation to famous American authors. I feel like I gain a brand new perspective on literature every day.”
“Right now, I am in Belly Dancing Club, Swing Dancing Club, CAB, French Club, and Students Against Sexism in Society (SASS). I love the dance clubs here at Carthage because they provide an opportunity to exercise and get to know people, and you can get involved no matter what skill level. French Club is perfect for any level French student. I love getting to practice the language in such a fun, relaxed environment. Plus, we’ve already done some really fun activities. Last weekend we all watched a French movie together, and our last meeting was at a cafe in downtown Kenosha. CAB is the perfect club for anyone who wants to be more involved on campus, and the E-Board is so friendly. SASS is such an important cause to me, and they are really great about creating a respectful, safe environment to discuss a controversial issue. I love my Carthage clubs!”
“While I love my French class, it is also the most difficult class I’m currently in. It encompasses many different aspects of French. We learn about different Francophone countries, their cultures, French history, colonization, and of course, the French language. While it is difficult to juggle so many different aspects of learning, I always feel like a better global citizen when I complete a French assignment, so the hard work is worth it!”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“When the super moon eclipse happened, some friends and I went and sat on the rocks at the lake to watch. I remember a moment when the eclipse reached its peak and everyone on the rocks went quiet. All you could hear was the lapping of the waves on the shore. It was so amazing to see so many students come together to share a magical moment, and reminded me that we go to a really special school.”
Favorite spot on campus
“I love the study area in the Science Center! It’s always so quiet there, perfect for studying, and you can’t beat the view!”
Biggest surprise so far
“I still can’t believe how friendly everyone is on campus, and in Kenosha in general. People who I’ve met once go out of their way to say ‘hi’ to me on Campus Drive, and people at the farmer’s market will just walk up and say good morning to me. It’s so refreshing!”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I think 8-year-old Maddy would be proud that I was trying to make a difference in people’s lives. However, she might be a little disappointed that I hadn’t figured out how to become a mermaid yet.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Make time to read over the summer and try to read outside of your comfort genre. I never thought I would like Kafka or Vonnegut, but reading them gave me valuable knowledge about surrealism that has helped me in my studies in a big way!”