Taylor Guy

Class Year

’18

Hometown

Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Major(s)

Spanish

Minor(s)

Dance

With the help of attentive Carthage professors and rewarding courses, senior Taylor Guy has transitioned her love of travel into a full-fledged career path. Taking advantage of Carthage’s many study abroad programs as a Spanish major, Taylor was able to spend a semester in Spain, which only cemented her passion for language and travel.

On campus, Taylor is also actively involved in the Theatre Department and Dance Program and enjoys participating in the fall and spring performances with her classmates and professors.

Career goal

“I would love to teach English abroad in Spain or Latin America for a year or two. After that, I would love to work for a study abroad provider and help students find great programs in all different countries around the world.”

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

Stacy Pottinger has definitely been the professor who has had the biggest impact during my time so far at Carthage. I remember taking her modern dance class freshman year and I have never been challenged so much. Her techniques and the way she teaches her classes are constantly evolving the way that I think about moving. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and was on two competition teams growing up. I always thought there were only a few ways to go about creating choreography. Stacy has taught me to think outside of the box and challenge myself with new movement vocabulary.”

Favorite class

“All of my dance classes have become some of my favorites because they provide such a creative outlet for me. I also have loved my two Spanish classes with Professor Isabel Rivero-Vila. She teaches her classes authentically to how students are taught in Spain, where she is originally from. She has really pushed me to work harder and her techniques have improved my language abilities tremendously.”

Campus involvement

“I am the president of Adventurer’s Anonymous, a study abroad organization for those who have already been abroad or those who are interested in doing so. I am also part of Spanish Club, which gives students the opportunity to talk with the department’s Target Language Experts, or TLE’s, in Spanish while doing fun activities like playing board games and making crafts.”

Toughest class

“Definitely my senior thesis! The amount of research and writing can seem daunting but talking with other professors in the department and getting feedback from classmates really made the stress of writing a 20+ page paper much easier! I really enjoyed researching my topic and once finished, I have something really special to look back on and use for future graduate school applications!”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Being a dance minor, I have had amazing opportunities to perform in both the Fall dance faculty performances as well as the student choreographed Spring performances. I also have performed during Scholars Week with Stacy Pottinger and two other dancers in the minor program. We talked about how we created choreography based off of the First Year read, Day After Night by Anita Diamant.”

Scholarships

“I have a Carthage Dance Scholarship, which means the world to me. With this scholarship comes service hours that maintain my aid for all four years. It gives me the opportunity to work in the theatre scene and costume shop, help run other dance scholarship auditions, strike the dance floor, and help set up for performances. It’s really rewarding to be a part of not only the productions, but also all of the work that goes into putting on the performances.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Sophomore year I took a dance history course and my class got to see a performance at Columbia College in Chicago. It really tied into what we were talking about during class. It was a nice treat to take the learning outside of the classroom. I also work a lot with Professor and Education Abroad Director Erik Kulke to spread information about studying abroad with those taking his Study Abroad 101 class. I love sharing my experiences with others and motivating them to get out into the world!”

Favorite spot on campus

“I love the new remodeling that was done to the Science Center in the David A. Straz, Jr. Center. I go down there to work on my thesis every day, and the view overlooking the lake is incredible. It’s a very peaceful area to get work done in and it’s full of amazing resources to study with.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I’m surprised by how fast my time at Carthage has gone by! I can’t believe that I’m a senior and that my time is almost over. I’m also surprised with how much I’ve grown in terms of my major and minor and just overall as a person. Carthage has really shaped me into the person that I’m becoming.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would never have expected that this was what I would have chosen to study, but I’m positive she would’ve thought it was a great idea! My 8-year-old self loved to travel and learn about the world, so I think she would agree with this path!”

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

“Just go for it! The opportunities that I’ve had in this major have led to some of the most rewarding things that I’ve done in my life. This major allowed me to travel the world, establish a career path, and meet others who also share the same passions for language and travel. I couldn’t be happier with my decision of being a Spanish major at Carthage.”