Living in Kenosha, Alayna Arrington came to Carthage for the “endless” opportunities and ideal location. Through her thought-provoking sociology classes, relevant readings, and club participation, Alayna has been able to prepare herself for a career in counseling while also advocating for diversity and change on campus.
Constantly finding new interest in her major, Alayna credits her incredible professors, specifically Dr. Bradley Zopf, for their engaging lessons and teaching styles. “I highly recommend that every student takes a course with Dr. Zopf because you will remember what you learn in his class for the rest of your life.”
On campus, Alayna is involved in residence life as a Resident Assistant and is a member of the Black Student Union. She is also one of 25-50 students who have been selected to participate in Carthage’s SURE program, an opportunity for summer research on campus, during the summer of 2018.
Now nearing the end of her academic career at Carthage, Alayna hopes to utilize her knowledge in graduate school, eventually becoming a licensed professional counselor working with children and families.
“Sociology is such an interesting major! You can apply what you are learning each and every day.”
“I will further my education when I graduate and pursue my master’s in counseling. My career goal is to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and work with families and children.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Dr. Bradley Zopf is the best professor I have had at Carthage because he brings a unique teaching style into the classroom. I highly recommend that every student takes a course with Dr. Zopf because you will remember what you learn in his class for the rest of your life. His teaching style is that unique. Professor Lauren Dick was also an incredible adjunct instructor. She helped me settle into a profession and her teaching style was unique, too.”
“I’ve had two actually. The first being Marriage and Family because it was a fun course to take. I took important information from that course and I cannot wait to apply what I have learned to my profession. The next course was Child Development because we had to raise a virtual baby and I would definitely do that again!”
“I am a Resident Assistant and am the head of the public relations team for the Black Student Union.”
“The toughest class I have ever taken was Chemistry. As a freshman, I didn’t have the motivation to push myself harder in that course. If I had time, I would retake it.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“I recently was selected to be a part of the SURE program here at Carthage for the summer of 2018. I also mentor adolescent girls at a local middle school here in Kenosha.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“I have had the opportunity to meet many African American alumni and I love hearing about their experiences and how they differ or are similar to my experiences.”
“I have the Mahone Scholars scholarship. When I received that scholarship it meant the world to me because without it, I would not be attending Carthage.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“My favorite memory of Carthage was during my freshman year when I met some awesome new people! I also love the football games, which I look forward to every fall. Our team is great! #35”
Favorite spot on campus
Biggest surprise so far
“My biggest surprise was not seeing as many African American professors as I expected. I think that having diverse professors is essential to the college experience.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“The 8-year-old me would be so proud! She probably would be a little disappointed because when I was 8 I wanted to be a fashion designer, but I think overall she would be proud!”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“At first you will think that sociology is too much reading, and you aren’t wrong, it is a lot. However, the material is relevant and essential to your learning, so fight through it and give yourself enough time to digest the reading days ahead.”
“Sociology is such an interesting major! You can apply what you are learning each and every day. Most of the time I find myself analyzing daily situations according to the material I’ve read in classes. I would say sociology can be applied in almost every field of work because it is the study of development and structure of society.”
“I chose Carthage because the college seemed like the perfect fit for me. It is close to home because I actually live in Kenosha and the opportunities here are endless.”