Synclaire Lunardi

Class Year



Bettendorf, Iowa


English, Communication



“The professors truly love what they teach, and they are actively rooting for you to succeed. They are so helpful and willing to work with you to make sure you understand the material.”

Synclaire Lunardi, ’20

Career goal

“I plan to work in the publishing industry, hopefully as an editor.”

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

“There are many professors that have impacted me, especially Professor Maria Carrig and Professor Alyson Kiesel. Prof. Carrig truly loves what she teaches, and both her excitement for and mastery of the material help make tougher subjects fun and easier to understand. Likewise, Prof. Kiesel’s passion makes any class with her enjoyable and engaging, no matter the subject.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage was Apocalyptic Imaginings taught by Professor Annette Duncan and Professor David Duncan. This Carthage symposium, which incorporated the literary and religious aspects of the apocalypse, was fun and engaging, as well as thought-provoking. Both professors worked well to teach the material together.”

Campus involvement

“I am involved in the Carthage Activities Board, which helps plan events and activities for students, Model UN, Sigma Tau Delta, the honors English fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership fraternity, and I am a former basketball player. I also work as a writing tutor, a student ambassador, and the sports editor for The Current, the Carthage newspaper.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class was British Literary Traditions II taught by Prof. Kiesel. The course material was difficult for me to understand, and I struggled to write about the topics about which we were learning. However, with my professor’s help, I was still able to succeed despite the difficulties.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I spent the summer of 2018 working as an intern at a local newspaper in Iowa. I was able to further my understanding of journalistic writing and photography. I published many articles and photographs and honed my research and communication skills throughout the entire experience.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“One of my favorite memories is when I met Colin Jost from SNL after his performance on campus. It was an amazing opportunity that I was given as part of CAB. Another great memory is when I watched a professor play the spoons at Late Night Breakfast, which is an event where professors serve breakfast late at night before finals to help students unwind and de-stress. It was so fun and I was there with all of my friends. It was just a great time.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the A. F. Siebert Chapel. I love to go up on the second level and do my homework. It is so quiet and peaceful there, and the chapel is beautiful. It makes a great place to study or just hang out.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise for me is how easy it is to get involved on campus. Carthage clubs and organizations are all very welcoming and love having new students join. They also have varied meeting times which helps make attending them all possible.”

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

“I think 8-year-old me would be very excited at my studies and career path. I have loved reading from a very young age.”

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

“Get ready to write! English is a lot of writing, but it is never more than you can handle. Oftentimes, you’ll be excited to be able to put your ideas and thoughts about the topic onto paper. English classes at Carthage are taught with a passion that is hard to find anywhere else. The professors truly love what they teach, and they are actively rooting for you to succeed. They are so helpful and willing to work with you to make sure you understand the material. In addition, the courses themselves are so varied in topic and extensive in their coverage that your writing and literature education is truly well-rounded and complete.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage for a variety of reasons. I love the small size as it makes relationships with professors and other students easy. I also was very impressed by its placement rate for students after graduation, specifically that 95 percent of graduates are either employed or accepted into graduate school within six months of graduation. Also, I love the location right on the lake.”