Joseph Calderone

Class Year

’17

Hometown

Chicago, Illinois

Major(s)

History and Religion

Want to spend a day playing video games? Just think of it as career research. Joseph Calderone ’17 has loved history since he was a little kid playing the Age of Empires video game. “Age of Empires taught me just how amazing history is, and I knew that I must have a future in studying it!” he said.

Now he’s a double major in history and religion, at a school he loves, with a faculty that constantly wows him.

“Being a history or religion major can lead to many amazing opportunities,” Joseph said. “History majors can pursue careers in museums, schools, business, and much more. With religion, there are many opportunities working with schools, churches, medicine, and in businesses.”

He chose to start his future at Carthage, because he wanted a college that offered small classes and an affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He’s grateful to the “amazing” Carthage faculty for showing him new ways to view the world.

“The biggest surprise so far is seeing how quick the years go, and how amazing the faculty is at Carthage.”

Joseph Calderone, ’17

Career goal

“My hope after Carthage is to attend an ELCA Lutheran seminary where I can study to become a pastor.”

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

“There are many professors who have had a significant impact on my life. Professor Gerald Glidden always wanted to talk to me and made school a lot more enjoyable. He taught me something new each time I spoke with him.

Professor Sandra Bisciglia showed me how religion isn’t so binary, and how we can interpret things with our own minds. She has shown me many amazing ways to view the world.

Professor Tom Long and Professor Susan Ramsey both showed me wonderful new ways of understanding religion as well. They showed me how enjoyable it can be to study religion, and how there is still so much to learn. To both, I’m sincerely grateful.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Luther and the Reformation (REL 3060) with Prof. Tom Long. This is because the class taught me so much about Christianity and my own faith as as Lutheran that I never knew before. The class was the most fun and fascinating class I have taken.”

Campus involvement

“I belong to the Center For Faith and Spirituality staff as well as Theta Alpha Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class so far at Carthage was French (FRN 1010). This is because I have always struggled learning new languages.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Some of my favorite Carthage moments and memories are the nights of late-night gaming spent with friends I’ve have made at school and my friends from back home. Also, getting to explore the wonderful downtown area of Kenosha and discovering stores like Friends’ Olde Fashioned Hobby Shop and Scoops is fun.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the A. F. Siebert Chapel because it makes me feel so peaceful.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise so far is seeing how quick the years go, and how amazing the faculty is at Carthage.”

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

“I think my 8-year-old self would be proud of who I have become because when I was 8, I wanted to study history. This was because my favorite video game, Age of Empires, taught me just how amazing history is, and I knew that I must have a future in studying it!”

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

“I would say students considering a major in history or religion should really look at how many options are open to them. Both fields have amazing opportunities in areas you may have never imagined. I’m so grateful for both of my majors.”