Argie Claro

Class Year

’19

Hometown

Chicago, Illinois

Major(s)

Nursing

Minor(s)

Biology, Women and Gender Studies

Why did Argie Claro choose Carthage? Two big reasons. First, Carthage has a small population of students. Second, the College’s focus on the liberal arts means students get a well-rounded education.

Back when Argie got his Carthage acceptance letter, he was planning to major in neuroscience. But he quickly found a new passion in nursing.

“Nursing is a tough major, and students who want to major in it should be careful,” he said. “It is not easy to do, and becoming a nurse requires a lot of time and effort. However, it is very rewarding. Being able to aid others through physical interaction, as well as form a trusting nurse and patient relationship, is a feeling that cannot be described.”

“There are multiple professors at Carthage who have impacted my life and my opinions, but the one professor who comes to mind is nursing professor Lisa Anderson-Antle. She has given me the opportunity to do research with her, and she has really been a mentor in this program so far.”

Argie Claro, ’19

Career goal

“I am planning to become a registered nurse. After that, I plan to get my doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) and becoming an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).”

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

“There are multiple professors at Carthage who have impacted my life and my opinions, but the one professor who comes to mind is Prof. Lisa Anderson-Antle (nursing). Prof. Anderson-Antle has given me the opportunity to become one of her two SURE students and she has really been a mentor in this program so far. I am looking forward to what the future holds for nursing at Carthage.”

Favorite class

“My favorite course has been Cell Biology (BIO 2300). During the timeframe that I took this course, I learned a lot of information that aided me in my anatomy and physiology nursing course. In addition, it really opened my eyes to the biology world and allowed me to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of cells, bacteria, and other microorganisms that affect the world of healthcare today.”

Campus involvement

“I belong to Carthage College Student Nursing Association as well as Asian Pacific American Coalition of Carthage College.”

Toughest class

“My most difficult class has been Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Healthcare Professional (BIO 2010). This class requires a lot of memory — something I am not very gifted at. My memory is usually in fragments and I have to stitch all of my thoughts together in order for me to remember facts. So for me, someone who cannot memorize all of the specific facts, it was very difficult. However, I did like the critical thinking half since it was something that I was particularly good at doing.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I have had the opportunity to be a part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) under Prof. Anderson-Antle. I love the program so far. We have had to design our own experiments, learn better aseptic technique, understand how to take down a lab, how to use the equipment, and challenge ourselves through constant critical thinking and understanding of cells.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I have many other opportunities in the form of clubs and associations. I have been accepted into Alpha Delta Lambda and I am vice president of Carthage College Student Nursing Association.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“A lot of my favorite Carthage moments and memories are from the Nursing Department. Being able to interact and form bonds with students and get to know the people we are working with for the next three years is a feeling that can never be understood.”

Favorite spot on campus

Kissing Rock.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would have been proud to be me.”

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

“Do not give up, never assume, and never stop going after it — especially if it is your dream.”