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  • Alice Blake '22

Alice Blake ’22


Viroqua, Wisconsin



Favorite spot on campus

“I love sitting on the red adirondack chairs that overlook the lake.”

Career goal

“When I graduate, my goal is to work in an ICU or ER department. These critical care settings will allow me to build a solid foundation in nursing practice, treat patients from all walks of life, and continue to learn. After gaining experience in the field, I plan to pursue my master’s degree and possibly my doctorate to serve as a nursing clinical faculty member or lecturer.”

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

“The small class sizes at Carthage enable students to to build a rapport with professors. This close relationship fosters a positive learning environment where students are heard and can succeed. Aside from teaching, these professors are a support system, and their continual encouragement helped me reach where I am today.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class thus far was Fundamentals of Nursing taught by Professor Patricia Flannery. This was my first nursing class, and it provided a strong foundation and affirmed that nursing is my calling.”

Toughest class

“Pharmacology was by far the most difficult class thus far but also the most satisfying and useful. Pharmacology is a part of every nursing course, and it is rewarding to see all my studying pay off when I can apply what I learned in another class.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I had the opportunity to tutor anatomy and physiology at Carthage. I am currently a nursing lab assistant as well as a basic life support (BLS) instructor for the Nursing Department. These positions allow me to use what I have learned and to help other students succeed in the program, whether that is in their coursework, clinical skills, or ensuring they are comfortable providing CPR.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I am excited for my travels to Nicaragua. I have the opportunity to travel with fellow nursing students and help in underprivileged clinics, giving routine care and vaccinations for the local community members.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of the Carthage Association of Nursing Students, the National Residence Hall Honorary, and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. I am also the community service chair for the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the treasurer, secretary, and player for the Carthage Hockey Club.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I have many great memories and moments throughout my time at Carthage including bingo, hockey games, and Homecoming to name a few. But the thing that made all these times so great were my friends that are now more like family!”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise is just how much the faculty will work for me and support me through everything I do. It is really cool waiting in line at Starbucks and a professor comes over to say hello! The relationships that I have created with my professors are truly incredible.”

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

“When I was 8, I wanted to be many things, such as a professional bull rider or astronaut, and being a nurse never crossed my mind. I think my 8-year-old self would be proud that I have found a passion for nursing. It incorporates everything I love including helping others, continually expanding my knowledge, and challenging myself to become better each day.”

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

“Nursing is a challenging and fulfilling major that enables you to take what is learned in your coursework and apply it in a clinical setting, advocating for your patients. Additionally, the nursing community is a very tight-knit group of students and faculty members who are uplifting and supportive of each other. My advice to any prospective nursing student is: never lose your hunger to learn, always jump at opportunities to better yourself, work hard and challenge yourself, and most importantly support each other and have fun!”

  • 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.

    • Two years in, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is one of Carthage’s fastest growing programs.

    • 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. 

    • Every January and June, between 20 and 40 students travel to the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua, where they spend two weeks studying tropical ecology, volunteering in rural medical clinics, and helping to construct freshwater facilities. 

    • The Carthage nursing curriculum delivers nearly 1,100 hours of clinical experience by the time a student graduates from the program. Carthage partners with regional health facilities including the United Hospital System and Aurora Health Care. 

    • 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 …