Jordan Parris

Class Year



Shaumburg, Illinois




Creative Writing, English

As a transfer student coming from a large university, Jordan Parris selected Carthage for the individualized education and welcoming community that she knew the school would provide.

Because of her interest in and passion for social service, Jordan has been very involved in many on campus service groups and community projects. She has participated in groups like Zeta Tau Sigma, Pi Delta Chi, and ONE, all service-based organizations.

“I have truly enjoyed watching Packer games with my roommate, seeing campus movies with my friends, and doing volunteer activities with multiple on-campus organizations.”

Jordan Parris, ’18

Career goal

“I hope to, eventually, create a nonprofit organization that helps people who have been incarcerated. It would provide resources to those who have been released, which would encourage them to re-enter the workforce and society. The focus would predominantly be on juvenile correction centers.”

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

“I’ve taken every class taught by Professor David Gartner at Carthage. He was the professor who made me realize my love for history, and was also one of the first people to help me realize that life is all about balance. Because of his lesson on balance, I think my time at Carthage has become significantly better.”

Favorite class

Professor Stephanie Mitchell teaches a class on the Caribbean and the entire first half of the semester is focused on pirates. It was the first class I chose myself that I thought was interesting and loved attending.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of Zeta Tau Sigma, Pi Delta Chi, and a former member of ONE. All of these organizations allow me to participate at the many philanthropic events on campus. ONE also gave me the opportunity to lobby in Washington, D.C.”

Toughest class

“Environmental Science was by far the hardest. I knew going in that it would not be easy, as science is not my strong suit. It was something I was interested in, I just couldn’t quite figure out the little details.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“The moment that comes to mind the most is representing Carthage’s chapter of ONE on Capitol Hill when I lobbied there. I spent about a week in D.C. learning about lobbying for the benefits of others. I believe the well-being of others should be in everyone’s interest.”

Favorite spot on campus

“I love Einstein Bros. The windows give natural light, the view is amazing, and the traffic that passes through allows you to see friends all while doing your homework.”

Biggest surprise so far

“Switching my major was the biggest surprise. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted when I came into Carthage, but I’m a lot happier than I was initially.”

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

“I guess she would be proud. I’ve always been interested in helping people. My parents taught me growing up that most people do not have all of the opportunities that I do. Even then as a little kid, I wanted to make sure that they did.”

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

“It is important to work hard, study, and pick classes on topics that you want to learn about. The History Department at Carthage offers so many specific classes, from Modern Britain to a comparative history of Milwaukee and Chicago. If you take the classes you want to learn about, it will make the experience all the more fun.”

Why Carthage?

“I transferred from the University of Iowa during the spring of my freshman year. I needed a smaller school, one where I wouldn’t be seen as only a number. I wanted to create connections with not only the professors, but the community that the school provided as well. I chose Carthage specifically because I could tell it would offer those opportunities without making me feel too far from home.”