Solange Bayerl

Class Year



La Crosse, Wisconsin





“Carthage will always be home, and I am so happy that it has allowed me to blossom into the person I am becoming. Never in my dreams would I be accomplishing the work I am doing today or being involved in a Greek organization. I always look forward to coming back to Carthage.”

Solange Bayerl, ’19

Career goal

“Like everyone, I hope to have a full time job before I walk across the stage to get my diploma. My career goal is to work in the corporate world for a Fortune 500 company that is positively impacting the global community. Right now, I want to focus on either hospitality or human resources because those areas allow me to use my natural ability to communicate with people. After I gain some corporate world experience, I want to return to school to work towards my MBA. After completing my MBA, I want to work my way up the career ladder where I can use my manager skills to inspire and encourage all of my subordinates in the area that best uses my skills.”

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

“This is probably the hardest question for me because I loved every single professor I’ve had. I know that sounds cliché, but it’s the honest truth. If I had to choose, it would be the recently retired professor, Dexter Westrum. His Western Heritage course was the first class I had at Carthage, and it was one of the best classes I have ever taken. I enjoy reading and interpreting literature, so I was excited to take this class. Professor Westrum’s witty way of making classic literature relatable to the class made me want to take more of his courses. Up until he retired, I never had a semester without a class taught by Dexter Westrum.”

Favorite class

Managerial Accounting (ACC 2020) taught by Professor Courtney Malloy has been my favorite. My section was the first class Professor Malloy taught at Carthage. I am bias because I love accounting, but from the structure of the class to the textbook, I thought she taught the class very well. It actually made me want to add an Accounting major for a while! Even though I decided against it, I still enjoy tutoring people in this subject and relearning the course material again and again.”


Campus involvement

“I like to keep myself busy, so I try to involve myself quite a bit at Carthage. I am vice president of finance for Pi Sigma Epsilon, Carthage’s business fraternity. I love being a part of this group because of all the amazing people I’ve met that are all working towards a business degree like I am. Since we all have to take similar classes, I can always count on finding a study buddy! Tau Sigma Chi, a social fraternity, is the newest addition to my extracurriculars at Carthage. Words cannot describe how lucky I am to be a part of such amazing group of people. A year ago, I would have called you crazy if you told me I would be involved in Greek life. I also work in the Dean of Students Office as a student worker. The other student workers are amazing and some of my really good friends. Plus, my boss Tammy is pretty amazing. Other groups I participated with were Alpha Lambda Delta and I was a Success Coach for freshmen. The one club I want to reconnect with is Latinos Unidos, which hopefully will happen this year.”

Toughest class

“The toughest class I’ve taken at Carthage would have to be Business Statistics because it challenged the way my brain processed math. I am a very straight forward thinker when it comes to math, so with statistics having multiple different answers for problems, it was hard for me to stick to my 2+2 = 4 mentality.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I had an internship at VBL and Associates, an accounting firm in Kenosha. At VBL, I basically got a backstage pass on how accountants work during tax season. Even though I am not an accounting and finance major, I just wanted experience this line of work. During my internship, I helped VBL clients go through their tax packets and answered questions.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moment was when my parents surprised me on campus. I live four hours away, so I only go home on long breaks. I love when my parents come visit me because, for a split second, I can forget about studying and spend all my time with my family. My favorite memories are all the late nights and laughs in the lounges or in the Campbell Student Union with my friends. Those are the times that make me smile during summer. My friends always know how to cheer me up and how to make me forget a crappy day. I look forward to making more the upcoming year.”

Favorite spot on campus

“I keep my favorite spot on campus a secret because I go there when I want to relax away from people and technology. I’ve only shown my family where my hiding place is on campus. When I am not working or at a club function, I am studying in Denhart Hall or the Hedberg Library. Other than spending time by the lake and the rocks, some of my favorite memories are the late nights I spend with my friends in the Campbell Student Union.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I think the biggest surprise for me is finding time to balance my studies, extracurricular activities, and my social life. I am notorious for being extremely busy. College has given me the freedom to break away from that lifestyle. Now I make time for everything without stressing myself out and by getting a reasonable amount of sleep.”

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

“I think my 8-year-old self would be proud of how hard I’ve worked, but probably also bummed that I’m not the path to becoming a teacher. Being a teacher was always a dream of mine until I joined business organizations in high school. I still love to tutor people with Spanish and other classes. Hopefully one day, I can combine both of my passions into a career, but for right now, I am focused on gaining real world experience in the corporate world. Mayybe one day I can teach others the ways of the business industry.”

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

“Follow your passions and make sure your major reflects them. I chose Management because I love working with people, and I want to help them work to be an effective and efficient team. I love learning new things about different areas of business and that’s exactly what this major allows me to explore. If you choose this Management major, the first thing you should do is get involved in business organizations. Take advantage of all the opportunities this department will bless you with.”

Why Carthage?

“Carthage will always be home and I am so happy that it has allowed me to blossom into the person I am becoming. Never in my dreams would I be accomplishing the work I am doing today or being involved in a Greek organization. I always look forward to coming back to Carthage.”