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  • Meghan Johns is an art major graduating in 2015.
    Meghan Johns is an art major graduating in 2015.
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Meghan Johns ’15

Hometown

Waukesha, Wis.

Major(s)

Studio Art, French

Minor(s)

Art History

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is down by the lake. I love walking along the beach with friends and staring out at the endless blue body of water. The campus is so serene, and that’s why it’s OK walking to class in any season. I also really love the underground hallway with the strange rock wall from the JAC to the library. When taking people through it for the first time, it blows their minds. I enjoy giving them that experience.”

Meghan Johns, a double-major in art and French, was drawn to Carthage because the College places a high value on fine arts and languages. She also appreciated Carthage’s small classes and scholarship programs in her two subject areas.

“I am glad to be studying what I love here because Carthage seems to appreciate it, too,” Meghan said.  

The Art Department offers standard courses in drawing, painting, and ceramics, but also courses that are more difficult to find — like crafts, darkroom photography, printmaking and illustration. “Your options are open to a variety of media, and you can really get the one-on-one attention that is needed when working on personal projects,” Meghan said. (See Art Department courses.)

“I’m happy every day, loving all my classes, and learning all there is to learn from my professors,” she said.

After graduating, Meghan wants to combine her majors to help benefit and inspire others. “Art itself is a medium in which I can inspire others,” Meghan said.  

Favorite professor

“My favorite professor would have to be Ryan Peter Miller, an adjunct professor of art. After taking his acrylic painting and drawing classes, he has taught me to see the world in new ways I hadn’t before. His methods of teaching are exciting and challenging. From drawing blind to drawing with your feet, you never know what to expect from one assignment to the next. Ryan Peter Miller attempts new approaches from all angles to better his students, and although some of the tasks may push your limits, you always seem to discover more about yourself from each lesson. I find Ryan Peter Miller to be a very knowledgeable artist and helpful professor. He provides constructive criticism for everyone, and I’ve really appreciated all that I have learned from him thus far.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage has been Acrylic Painting. I took it as a J-Term class my freshman year. First of all, I love the concept of J-Term. When taking only one class for a month three hours a day, you can really focus on what you are learning. When I found out that I could paint every day for a month, I was more than thrilled. The class was fantastic, and I produced some great work from it.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class was my Understandings of Religion class. It was actually the first class I ever took at Carthage. It was also writing-intensive. There were no tests, only research papers. The homework was always reading, and the class was heavily discussion-based, with a little bit of lecture. I wasn’t too familiar to that prior to college, so the adjustment was somewhat tough for me. In that class, I also presented my longest speech ever at the time (almost 20 minutes), which I will always remember. Luckily, in the end, I was able to do well enough once I adjusted to the professor and the research-based workload. And I did enjoy it.”

Campus involvement

“I am currently president of French Club. I am also currently secretary of Kappa Pi, the honorary art fraternity. I am a member of the service organization Circle K, am part of Residence Life Council, and I am an RA this year.” (See a list of Carthage 120+ student organizations)

Favorite moments at Carthage

“One of my favorite moments at Carthage was my Wednesday Night Student Spotlight. My best friend and I create music under the name Trustfall. This year Carthage Activities Board awarded us the opportunity to perform at our very own concert. It was such a rewarding experience, and it was a lot of fun! Making music is my passion outside of my majors, and I truly loved this opportunity to exercise this passion to the Carthage community. It is a moment of which I am very proud, and I will never forget.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“I honestly have not yet taken a class that I haven’t liked with a professor that I haven’t enjoyed. From my art and French classes to even my math and science classes, I have loved them all. Personally, I think you can always get something great out of any class, but I really think that all of my professors have been great educators. It has really made my time here worthwhile.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“Be an art major at Carthage! The Art Department here is very caring, and the classes are a lot of fun. Come with an open mind and a willingness to work hard because it will pay off. Don’t be afraid to get to know the professors, and don’t shy away from following your heart to do what you love. You can make it happen!”

Writer

Kasey Dallman ’14
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