Noah Griser

Class Year

’21

Hometown

Rush City, Minnesota

Major(s)

Philosophy

Minor(s)

Psychology

Philosophy is a great major to consider for a ton of different reasons. If you plan on going to grad school, it’s great for law, politics, medicine, journalism, teaching, and so many other fields! It also improves writing and argumentation skills, as well as helping one’s ability to think critically.”

Noah Griser, ’21

Career goal

“I plan on going to graduate school and then I intend on teaching high school.”

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

Professor Anthony Barnhart has been a phenomenal role model for me. We work together in the psychological science lab, and he has been a fantastic mentor to me, both for academics and my personal life. Professor Michael McShane has also impacted my life. He’s highly insightful and has helped push me to become a better person and student.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Western Heritage. I met some of my closest friends during that class, and it also helped me become better at expressing my views and opinions in a group setting. Western Heritage provides a place to read great books, develop writing skills, and it also facilitates amazing conversations.”

Campus involvement

“I’m the vice president of Philosophy Club at Carthage, and my membership in that organization is what made me want to become a philosophy major! I met some of the greatest people during Philosophy Club, and it ended up sparking one of the biggest decisions that I’ve made in life. I’m also in Student Government, and I’ve been able to voice my concerns and make important decisions on behalf of the Carthage students.”

Toughest class

“The hardest class that I’ve taken at Carthage was probably Latin. To be completely honest, I’m just not very good at Latin.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“The summer after my freshman year, I participated in the SURE program. I studied eye tracking techniques and methodology in the psychological science lab, and I spent the entire summer learning how to use high-tech equipment. Spending the summer on campus was great! I made a ton of new friends because everyone that’s here over the summer has the same schedule. It allows you to hang out with everyone for hours each day!

“I’m also a Resident Assistant on campus, and working for the Residential Life Office is a great time. I’ve made a lot of friends, become a well known person on campus, and made many new professional connections.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Most of my favorite memories at Carthage took place during the summer that I stayed on campus. I enjoyed staying up late playing games with all of my friends, watching movies in the Campbell Student Union, and going to the beach. It was fantastic! Sometimes, we even played ping pong in the TARC after dinner.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the grassy area behind the Potente Meditation Chapel by the Oaks. There are a lot of trees, and it’s always peaceful.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I could have never predicted how many friends I would make in my classes. I’m an incredibly introverted person, but I’ve made more friends than I can count and I’m almost never alone.”

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

“I think my 8-year-old self would be content with my decisions. All I did when I was eight was play outside and think about the world, and now I think about the world while sitting on a blanket outside. It’s all the same, but I’ve gained like 40 pounds.”

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

“I would tell them not to hesitate picking philosophy. Many people are afraid that the major won’t be useful, but I can assure you that the decision is worth it. Philosophy is a great major to consider for a ton of different reasons. If you plan on going to grad school, it’s great for law, politics, medicine, journalism, teaching, and so many other fields! It also improves writing and argumentation skills, as well as helping one’s ability to think critically.”

Why Carthage?

“Carthage has great faculty and a fantastic location. After getting here, I met some of the most fantastic people and I wouldn’t change my decision.”