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  • Luisa Nava '23

Luisa Nava ’23


Cary, Ill.


Sociology, Criminal Justice


Spanish, Women’s and Gender Studies

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is definitely the rocks along the beach. My friends and I sit on them and watch the sunrise or sunsets while playing music. This allows us to remember that we’re students who need breaks, too.”

Career goal

“After graduation, I hope to work for the FBI or the DHS in the human trafficking or immigration division to help victims.”

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

“The faculty in my departments are such amazing professors. Each professor teaches in unique ways that are so intriguing that I almost hate when I have to leave at the end of class. My relationships with the faculty members within my majors are both professional and personal. They never fail to help me out whenever I need it.”

Favorite class

“So far my favorite class has been Sociological Inquiry. While it was extremely difficult to write my final essay for the semester, I had the chance to write about my own passions which was what I loved most about the course. I was able to research topics that I wanted to learn more about which has provided me with more insight on my potential thesis for my senior year.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class so far was Public Policy. It was difficult to put the material into context since much of it dealt with policies and procedures, something I struggled with from time to time.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I have been able to hold various on-campus jobs, such as being a Spanish tutor and working in the Division of Student Affairs office as a student desk worker.”


“I was honored when I received the 150 Years of Women scholarship. Receiving this scholarship meant that all of my hard work was starting to pay off. This scholarship meant I was able to further my education in an area that isn’t always encouraged for young women to go into.”

Campus involvement

“I’m the secretary for Mi Gente, treasurer for Residence Life Coucil, and a member of Kappa Phi Eta.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite memory was walking from campus to the lighthouse by the marina in Kenosha on a very stressful Sunday morning. We got to take some fun pictures and enjoyed a long walk, and we topped it off with some well-deserved ice cream! I couldn’t have passed my exams that week without that mini-break.”

Biggest surprise so far

“Being a first-generation college student, I think the biggest surprise for me was when I joined a sorority. No one in my family has ever gone off to college, let alone been part of Greek life. But no matter what, my sisters have become the best group of girls to share my interests with.”

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

“She would be amazed at how far I was able to advance my English speaking skills. 8-year old me would be proud because I surpassed the expectations people had of me.”

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

Sociology is a fun major that has allowed me to better learn about societal impacts that go beyond growing up in a home. Society allows each individual to express themselves based on certain encounters and helps better gauge who they are as a member of society.”


Magdalena Werger
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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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 …