Dallas Clevenger

Class Year

’19

Hometown

Rock Falls, Illinois

Major(s)

International Political Economy

Minor(s)

Business Administration

Dallas Clevenger ’19 came to Carthage from the tiny town of Rock Falls, Illinois looking to be a part of an engaging community and for opportunities for new experiences. “Coming from a small town where everyone knows everyone already, meeting new people was perfect for me.” She loves that campus offers a sense of community in which she can build lasting friendships and interact with faculty and staff. 

Dallas has a J-Term trip planned for this January to go scuba diving in Honduras. Since Dallas has never gone scuba diving before, she had to become scuba certified for her J-Term trip. “I have learned that I enjoy diving a lot and without the planning of this trip, I might not have ever had the opportunity to try scuba diving.”

“I enjoy the sense of community that I have found at Carthage.”

Dallas Clevenger, ’19

Career goal

“After graduation, I would like to find an internship that allows me to get a better understanding of my major and also allows me to see the kind of work that I could be doing for major corporations in the near future.”

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

“Professor Arthur Cyr is one of my favorite professors here at Carthage, and luckily he also happens to be the head of the International Political Economy department! He made our class an open environment where different views and perspectives were always welcome. I enjoyed him very much and hope to have him again in the future!”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far was surprisingly my second religion class! I decided to take a class on a religion I knew nothing about and that was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Every class I attended I learned something completely new and I enjoyed that very much. Religion is something that can be very controversial in today’s society, and having a better understanding of those around us is something that is important to me.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of the Carthage Women’s Track and Field Team. I have been running for Carthage since my freshman year and this was one of the reasons I first learned about Carthage and decided to come here. My coach reached out to me and made me feel like Carthage was the perfect place for me!”

Toughest class

“My toughest classes at Carthage were the two Spanish classes I took. Language classes were difficult for me in high school and college was no different. Luckily, I had a great professor who met with me outside of class frequently and made the class much easier for me.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I have a J-Term trip planned for this upcoming January! I will be traveling to Honduras to scuba dive. I have not gone yet, but I had to become scuba certified for this trip. I am extremely excited for my trip this January and know that it will be a great learning experience!”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite memories of Carthage are always the football games and the homecoming game. These days are very important to me because I have made some of my best friends here at Carthage and spending time with them at school events like this are what make me happy that I chose this school!”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot would have to be Starbucks in the Clausen Center! Sitting at a table before and after class and getting a chance to say hi to all my friends is something I enjoy very much! Having a place like that for students to feel close to one another and faculty is important and I love that we have it!”

Biggest surprise so far

“I think the most surprising thing for me so far are the incredible friendships I have made here at Carthage. I’ve become so close to new people, and coming from a small town where everyone knows everyone already, meeting new people was perfect for me.”

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

“I think my 8-year-old self would be surprised in the choices I have made! I have grown up a lot, especially in these last three years at Carthage, and I think my 8-year-old self would be surprised but proud of the person I have grown up to be.”

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

“Take a couple classes and just feel it out! It could never hurt someone to take an extra class. No matter what happens, you will learn something! You will learn plenty from the class, but you will also learn more about yourself and if this major is something to consider! I started as a Biology and Chemistry major and after taking a couple IPE classes, I realized I was in the wrong classes and I would have never learned that about myself if I had not taken the new classes and tried something new.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because of the small size and sense of community found here. Carthage is the perfect size for me because I feel as though my professors know me personally, and I already know most of the students within my classes.”