Madelyn McCullough

Class Year

’18

Hometown

Rochester, Minnesota

Major(s)

Chinese and Graphic Design

Minor(s)

Public Relations

Madeyln McCullough ’18 chose Carthage for two reasons:

  • The small campus and relationship with professors
  • The opportunity to major in a modern language

“I never thought I would be studying Chinese and graphic design at an amazing school right on Lake Michigan, but I am excited to see where my path will lead me,” she said.

Madeyln is double majoring in Chinese and graphic design at Carthage. She hopes to utilize both of these majors in the future by working for the government.

“I think Chinese can be very useful in the workplace by being able to communicate with businesses in other countries and learning about their workplace and culture. Knowing a second language can help with finding a job, but it is also interesting and fun to learn. As for graphic design, it is a great way to be creative and think outside the box by creating graphics and logos to help a business or client tell their story.”

“I never thought I would be studying Chinese and graphic design at an amazing school right on Lake Michigan, but I am excited to see where my path will lead me.”

Madelyn McCullough, ’18

Career goal

“I hope to utilize both of my majors by working for the government.”

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

“Katina Petsas is one professor who has had an impact on my Carthage career because she was one of my first professors in graphic design. She showed my the basics of graphic design and encouraged me and the class to push ourselves.

“He Long and Mengya are two Target Language Experts for Chinese level 3 who have really changed my language learning experience. I have had good Chinese teachers in the past, but these two were great. They brought in native Chinese speakers to help us with conversational skills and overall pushed us to want to keep learning and speaking the language even outside of class.”

Favorite class

“One of my favorite classes at Carthage so far is Graphic Design I (CDM 2000). It was a difficult class, but it was where I got to start digging into my graphic design major and really start taking my ideas and creating graphics. After taking this class, I knew that I made the right choice in choosing graphic design as one of my majors.”

Campus involvement

“I have participated in many clubs and organizations such as the Carthage Activities Board (as the director of promotions and a general member), Chinese Club, Student Alumni Association, The Current (as a production designer), Alpha Mu Gamma Language Honors Fraternity (as the president and general member), Alpha Lambda Delta National Honors Fraternity, and Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honors Society.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I have gone on a J-Term trip to Germany titled Luther and the Reformation, and it was awesome. I would recommend trying to take a J-Term trip while at Carthage if you can.”

Scholarships

“I received a music scholarship for oboe performance and it has helped a lot with paying for college. It was also a great way to meet new people within the music community at Carthage.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite Carthage moments have been during Homecoming and the Nate Ruess WOW event that I got to work and attend. I have also made many lasting memories with my friends who I have met at Carthage going for a walk on the beach or watching a movie and crafting in the Oaks lounges.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot is in the basement of Hedberg Library in one of the back corners. It is where I always sit and do homework or watch Netflix.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I think the biggest surprise for me so far has been the class sizes. They aren’t very big and by the end of class you know pretty much everyone’s name and your professor knows you.”

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

“I think my 8-year-old self would be surprised, but excited about where I am today. I never thought I would be studying Chinese and graphic design at an amazing school right on Lake Michigan, but I am excited to see where my path will lead me.”

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

“Don’t be afraid. Picking a major can be intimidating, especially if it is a language like Chinese. Also, don’t be afraid to double major, or even add a minor or emphasis, in something similar or totally different. It isn’t difficult to double major at Carthage.”