Ryan Casey

Class Year



Kenosha, Wisconsin




Economics and Political Science

When Ryan Casey ’17 was 8 years old, he wanted to be a U.S. Marine and a quarterback like Brett Favre. Today, he’s just a year from becoming a Marine Officer, but he put his quarterback dreams on hold. He’s now studying finance at Carthage.

“I was taking classes in political science and economics, and one day [finance] just clicked,” he said. “I love learning about the economy and what it does. If I could give advice to an incoming student, it would be to take classes that interest you. That is how you’re going to figure out what you actually like and don’t. Take advantage of the liberal arts education.”

“Take classes that interest you. That is how you’re going to figure out what you actually like and don’t. Take advantage of the liberal arts education.”

Ryan Casey, ’17

Career goal

“Right now I am an officer candidate for the United States Marine Corps. Upon graduation I will be commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Marines. I want to serve as long as my country needs me to. After the Marines, I plan on going to graduate school and then transitioning into the private sector, hopefully into investment banking or into hedge funds.”

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

Prof. Chris Lynch (political scienceGreat Ideas). I took a class on Machiavelli with him. Reading ‘The Prince’ wasn’t easy, but the way he teaches helps students decipher tough dialogue like that. He has also been a great resource for me when it comes to anything to do with military or war, which he and I both love to talk about.”

Favorite class

“The Machiavelli class probably was one of my favorite classes because of how extensively we talked about how a prince needs to rule, and leadership in general.”

Campus involvement

“I am the vice president and co-founder alongside Grant Dunham of Armed Forces of Carthage College (AFOC), a military appreciation club. I am also a part of Carthage College of Republicans, Model United Nations, and Economics Engaged.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class are either of the classes I have taken with Prof. Jeff Roberg including International Relations (POL 1050) or Comparative Politics (POL 1030) because of the fact that Prof. Roberg challenges me in every aspect. However, because of that, I have become a lot better in politics, foreign policy, and debating in general. He pushes his students to explain every stance they take. It brings the best out of you.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“This past summer I went through Officer Candidate School (OCS) for the United States Marines in Quantico, Virginia. OCS is known to be the very best leadership training school in the nation. At OCS they train and evaluate candidates that come to them from all over the nation to see if they have what it takes to earn a commission as an officer in the USMC. This next summer I will be heading back to OCS for my final stage of OCS.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I am going to Cuba with Prof. Roberg and Prof. Seymoure. We will be studying the impact that socialism has had on the Cuban people.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“One of my favorite moments was when we had the flag football tournament in honor of Coach Rucks, and when we walked the field as he would before every game.”

Favorite spot on campus

Hedberg Library because I need silence to study and that is the place to be for silence.”

Biggest surprise so far

“How helpful the professors are here. Every professor I have met with has helped me in some way.”

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

“When I was 8 years old, I wanted to be a United States Marine and also play in the NFL. Though I didn’t achieve the NFL dream, I believe my 8-year-old self would be proud of me for still wanting to serve this great country as a Marine Officer.”

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

“Take advantage of the liberal arts education, and take classes to broaden your perspective on life.”

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