French and Religion
Through experiences like a J-Term study tour in India, and participating in multiple organizations including Residence Life, Carthage Activities Board, Sigma Tau Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa, National Residence Hall Honorary, and The Current student newspaper, Tyler Strohl has met individuals who have changed his life for the better.
After Carthage, he plans to work in higher education to change and influence the lives of others just as so many people at Carthage have done for him. “Everyone whom I’ve shared my time with has been so nice and welcoming. Any time I’ve needed support or guidance, Carthaginians have welcomed me with open arms,” said Tyler.
Not only will a degree in English help him succeed in his career goals, it has also has given him a better worldview.
“Pursuing a true liberal arts education gives you the best worldview to remain an educated and contributing member of society and the future. Drawing on literature has allowed me to better understand myself, and the world around me. The English faculty here are some of the most down-to-earth and intelligent people that I have ever met.”
“Everyone whom I’ve shared my time with has been so nice and welcoming. Any time I’ve needed support or guidance, Carthaginians have welcomed me with open arms.”
“I plan to pursue a career in student affairs after attending graduate school for higher education. I hope to work in admissions, financial aid, alumni, or student life areas of a four-year institution so I can change and influence the lives of others just as so many people at Carthage have done for me.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“There are many professors at Carthage who have had a huge impact on my time here. However, three stick out to me. Dexter Westrum is an adjunct professor for English and Western Heritage and was the first professor I met when I arrived. His quick wit and humor made Western Heritage one of my favorite classes from freshman year.
“English professor Alyson Kiesel has taught many of my classes and is my current thesis advisor. Her personable style and vast knowledge of English literature has motivated me to delve deeper into my work and explore authors and subjects I had previously strayed away from.
“Finally, I recently visited and studied in India with religion professor Jim Lochtefeld. Prof. Lochtefeld has taught me more about eastern religion than I could ever imagine and he has helped me to discover many intrinsic qualities about myself and what I want to do after college.”
“My favorite class, besides my J-Term trip, was Studies of a Major Author After 1800, where I studied Poet Allen Ginsberg of the beatnik generation. The class was small, tight-knit, and very detail-oriented, which made the subject and overall structure much more enjoyable.”
“My toughest class at Carthage was Literature and Gender: Major American Woman Authors. The class touched on many ideas I was unfamiliar with, along with works I had really never been exposed to before, so everything was new for me. However, this class was also one of the most rewarding classes I’ve taken because the whole class sparked my interest in feminism in literature and my eventual thesis topic.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“I have had two summer internships at Northwestern University with the Center for Talent Development Program at the School of Education and Social Policy. I served as a resident assistant one year, and a residential director this past summer.”
Opportunities at Carthage
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“My favorite memory is when I organized Carthage Homecoming in 2013 with CAB. I handled all student events and it was really amazing and great to see so many organizations and students coming together for pride and friendly competition.”
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spot on campus is just north of the president’s house on the steep hill overlooking the lake. It reminds me of a movie or the opening lines of a novel and really keeps me refreshed and energized.”
Biggest surprise so far
“The biggest surprise to me so far has been the fact that everyone whom I’ve shared my time with has been so nice and welcoming. Any time I’ve needed support or guidance, Carthaginians have welcomed me with open arms.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“My 8-year-old self would say that I am doing way too much and need to have more fun. So I’d probably take my 8-year-old self and I to the TARC and climb the rock wall before heading to the Student Union for a free movie or comedian.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Read. Read. Read. It seems simple, but actually reading and analyzing works make your time and experience much more valuable and allows the professors to see your passion combine with theirs.”