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  • Julia Kazupski '23

Julia Kazupski ’23


Chicago, IL


Elementary Education and Special Education

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the lounge area in The Tower. The view of the lake from this spot is amazing, and I always find myself going down by the beach to do homework.”

Career goal

“After I graduate, I hope to become a special education teacher. I hope to teach younger kids, preferably grades first to third. I also plan on attending graduate school to get my master’s degree in school administration. My ultimate career goal is to become a school principal. After I serve as a principal, I hope to become a professor at a university. I hope to prepare future educators and share my knowledge with them to be their best in the classroom before I depart from the field.”

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

Professor Jolene Schneider has made an incredible impact on my life. She taught the very first education class that I took at Carthage. I can honestly say that she is my role model. When I think about the kind of teacher I want to be, I think of her. I respect and admire all that she has done in the education field. She reminded me of what teaching is really all about and the great impacts that I am capable of making on others. I can never thank Prof. Schneider for all that she has done for my class and all the love and kindness she showed us. Caring and passionate are the two best words to describe Prof. Schneider. Even though I am no longer in her class, I know I can still reach out to her and receive her support.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Fostering Engagement and Positive Behavior in the Classroom because I know I have learned so much valuable knowledge in this class. Professor Nina Weisling is so passionate and organized, which makes the class exciting and engaging. Each class, I am given some tool or piece of knowledge to keep in my back pocket to use when I am faced with managing a class. We participate in so many hands-on activities, and I feel important in the class. I am going to keep all of the resources from this class because I know they will be very helpful down the road. It is classes and professors like these that make me feel confident, ready, and excited to become a teacher.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class at Carthage so far has been Human Anatomy and Physiology. This class has been tough for me because I have never been that great at science. This class really pushed me to be an independent learner. I have challenged myself to obtain the best study skills and to stay organized in order to be successful.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“The Education Department at Carthage has provided me with many great opportunities. For example, I had the opportunity to help host an event for high schoolers who hope to become teachers. This was a wonderful opportunity to interact with high schoolers and help them prepare for their future lives in college.”


“I received the Carthage Founders Scholarship. This scholarship means a lot to me because it made coming to Carthage possible. It also made me feel very proud because I know I could not have received it without my hard work and dedication in high school.”

Campus involvement

“I am involved in Special Olympics Club, ACES, and Pals & Partners. I am the secretary of Circle K and am a First in the Family mentor. I am also a Student Ambassador on campus.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“It is so hard to pick out specific favorite moments and memories here at Carthage because I have had so many! I have met amazing people who I have made the best memories with.”

Biggest surprise so far

“My biggest surprise so far is how supportive and passionate my professors have been. Every professor I’ve had has shown me that they care and are interested in their subject matter. I have formed great connections with all of my professors, and I am so thankful. I am also very surprised about the fact that I do not mind walking to my 8 a.m. classes because I get to see the beautiful sunrise on Lake Michigan.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would feel so excited and proud of my current studies and career path. I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. My childhood dream is finally in the process of becoming a reality. My 8-year-old self would not be able to contain herself if she knew that my classes mostly consist of education classes.”

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

“Other students should consider a major in education because there is absolutely nothing better than this field. Majoring in education allows you to prepare students to lead amazing lives. We need educators who shape their students to be well-rounded people and great contributors to our society. The field of education is so exciting, and there are so many unique opportunities that come along with it”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Looking to teach? Count on becoming a familiar face in local schools. Carthage students accumulate 135 hours in local classrooms before their student teaching semester. Make that 450+ for those entering our new urban teacher program.

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …