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Student Voices

  • Matthew Krzewinski '21

Matthew Krzewinski ’21

Hometown

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Major(s)

Economics

Minor(s)

Business Administration and Spanish

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is The Tower. It is the perfect place to hang out with friends as well as do homework.”

Career goal

“After graduating from Carthage, I hope to pursue a master’s degree in data science. Data analysis has recently become a major interest of mine, so I hope to further my understanding in the field and eventually work as a data scientist or analyst.”

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

“The faculty at Carthage really want to see you succeed, and they have a lot of connections to help you after you graduate. For example, Professor Catherine Lau always lets students know when she hears of an internship or job that she thinks they would enjoy. Career Specialist Thomas Wood has done a lot for me in terms of resume building and profile editing on LinkedIn and Handshake.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class has been my econometrics class with Professor Ron Cronovich. This class is what made me fall in love with data analysis and is ultimately what inspired me to pursue a master’s degree in data science.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“During my junior year, I worked as a research fellow in the A. W. Clausen Center for World Business. This fellowship expanded my knowledge and deepened my relationship with my professors as I got to help them on a lot of their research projects.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“My senior thesis project in economics was a really enlightening opportunity. I got to work an a project from start to finish. While it was a lot of work, it was a really proud moment when I look back and see how I was able to formulate my own question and use data to answer it.”

Scholarships

“I have received a few Carthage scholarships, and I am very grateful for each one of them. Without them, I would not have been able to attend Carthage. The generosity of the donors exemplifies how alumni feel about a Carthage education.”

Campus involvement

“I am involved with the mens tennis team, and I’ve experienced the most memorable times of my life as a player. I will always remember the times we spent together, from competing for conference championships in 50 degree weather to spring break trips together in Sanlando Springs, Fla.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“One of my favorite Carthage moments was competing in the Federal Reserve Challenge in Chicago. Being a part of this experience exposed me to what it is like being an economist. It was really fascinating to see the inner workings of the Federal Reserve.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise is how committed the faculty is. Everyone I have met truly cares about your success. I have professors who I have not been in class with for over a year who still reach out to me to see how I am doing. It really shows the character of the people who work at Carthage.”

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

“Students should consider economics because of its versatility and the outstanding professors in the department. There are many different fields you can work in with an economics degree. Furthermore, the economics/finance professors at Carthage are great mentors and teachers. They have helped me so much in my studies and life at Carthage.”

  • 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. 

    • 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 $22,000 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 …

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