Communication, Public Relations
Jaclyn Lindquist came to Carthage for “the perfect mix” of its prime location, small class sizes, liberal arts education, and stunning lake views. Now further along in her academic career, Jaclyn has excelled in the Communication and Digital Media Department through her close professor-student relationships and strong work in challenging courses.
In the CDM Department, Jaclyn has formed especially strong connections with professors Colleen Kappeler and Lynn Brownson. “The communications and public relations majors are filled with excellent professors and an abundance of learning.”
Outside of class, Jaclyn enjoys hanging out with friends, relaxing by the lake, and attending events like Cafsgiving. “The people I have met here are lifelong friends and I am so thankful Carthage has brought me to them!”
On campus, Jaclyn is involved in Residence Life Council, National Residence Hall Honorary, Omicron Delta Kappa, Lambda Pi Eta, Psi Chi, and Alpha Lambda Delta. “Being involved in so many activities shows future employers that I care about the community I am a part of and that I can juggle many responsibilities at once.”
In the future, Jaclyn hopes to attend graduate school to advance her career in public relations and internal communication.
“The entire Communication and Digital Media Department is excellent, and the professors in the public relations and communication majors make courses interesting and provide fun environments to learn in.”
“After graduation, my goal is to attend graduate school and attain a master’s degree in communication with a focus in public relations and internal communication. With my master’s degree, I hope to advance in the corporate ladder and become the vice president of public relations and marketing for an organization I am passionate about.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Even though I have been in the public relations department for 3 years, the first time I had Colleen Kappeler for a professor was for my senior thesis. While I only had her for this one course, she taught me so much and has been instrumental with assisting me in my preparations for life after Carthage. She is fun, brings real world examples into the classroom, and is available to her students when they need extra help. Professor Kappeler continues to help public relations students with educational trips to public relations firms and is petitioning to bring a Public Relations Student Society of America chapter to Carthage.’
“Dr. Lynn Brownson has been my advisor for three years and I have been privileged to have her as a professor several times. She is an excellent educator who truly cares for her students and will do everything she can to make sure they succeed in and out of the classroom.”
“My favorite class I have taken at Carthage was my J-Term course called Divine Design with Professor Daniel Schowalter. In this class, I was given the opportunity to travel to Greece where we were given hands on learning. Instead of simply reading about the ancient temples in textbooks and through pictures, my classmates and I walked through ruins, gazed at towns from the top of mountains, and explored a different culture using all our senses.”
“When I attended my first Involvement Fair, I signed up for as many clubs I could. Since freshman year, I have been heavily involved in Residence Life Council. I began as a member and served on the executive board my sophomore year. Since then, I have served as an advisor. The friends I gained and continue to meet in this organization will last a lifetime. I have also been an executive board member of National Residence Hall Honorary, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Lambda Pi Eta. I have also contributed to Psi Chi and Alpha Lambda Delta. Being involved in so many activities shows future employers that I care about the community I am a part of and that I can juggle many responsibilities at once.”
“The most difficult class I have taken at Carthage was my Basic Digital Photography (CDM 2500) class. While I loved the assignments, after hundreds of photos, it is hard to find creative objects to capture pictures of. Despite this, Professor Laura Huaracha made the class exciting and we had several class excursions including trips to Chicago and the Milwaukee Zoo.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“I’ve had several internships because of the education I gained at Carthage. My first internship was with the Alzheimer’s Association as a Special Events intern. I helped plan the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s by securing donations, scheduling logistical needs for the event, and encouraging people to attend the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Last summer, I was the Marketing and Group Services Intern with the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. It was an incredible opportunity where I was able to gain real world experience to prepare me for life after Carthage. I managed social media accounts, created marketing materials, and gained experience planning and hosting events. Now, I have an internship on-campus with Sodexo, Carthage’s food service. As their Marketing intern, I manage social media accounts, work on special projects like posters, and serve special events.”
“I did not receive a Carthage scholarship besides the aid received from my academic success in high school. Some of the other aid came in the form of grants, endowed scholarships, and scholarships from external sources. This aid has allowed me to come to Carthage. Without this, I would not be able to afford the cost it takes to receive the education Carthage provides.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“Some of my favorite memories at Carthage have been with the friends I have made here. From swimming in the lake while watching the beautiful sunrise, attending annual events like Cafsgiving, and staying up all night talking and studying with friends. The people I have met here are lifelong friends and I am so thankful Carthage has brought me to them!”
Favorite spot on campus
“Any place on campus with a view of the lake is my favorite spot on campus. Lake Michigan was a huge selling point when I chose Carthage. At times I take it for granted. Now that I only have a few months left before I graduate, I need all the little glimpses of the lake that I can get while I still can.”
Biggest surprise so far
“The biggest surprise I have encountered at Carthage was the ability to come in declaring one major, but graduating with two majors and two minors! I had no idea how simple it would be to study multiple areas of interest. The liberal arts education promotes student curiosity and uncovers unknown passions.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“My 8-year-old self would probably be a little surprised with the career selection I have made. When I was 8, I wanted to be a veterinarian because I loved animals. Little did I know at 8-years-old I would need to operate on these animals. With my career aspirations in communication and public relations, I have the opportunity to help these animals in another way. I can create campaigns that help dogs and cats get adopted, spread awareness about endangered species, or advocate for animal rights.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“The entire Communication and Digital Media Department is excellent, and the professors in the public relations and communication majors make courses interesting and provide fun environments to learn in. With a major in communication you learn to analyze all the mass media that we are bombarded with everyday. The need for public relations in the digital world we live in is becoming more prevalent and necessary. The industry of PR and communication is growing and seeking young minds to reach a large, new generation of consumers.”
“The communications and public relations majors are filled with excellent professors and an abundance of learning. The advice I would give to future students is to take advantage of this major, but also branch out to discover your other interests. Find a subject you are curious about and add it as a minor. It is so easy to have multiple majors and minors. I am double majoring with two minors as well. Take advantage of the education you are paying for. Also, take courses with professors you like, even if that means waking up for an 8 a.m.!”
“I chose Carthage because it was the perfect mix of everything I was looking for. Carthage was close to my hometown, had small class sizes, gave me a liberal arts education, and the lake was a huge bonus as well. Carthage’s small class sizes allow me to get to know my classmates and build connects with my professors. The liberal arts education allows me to pursue a career I am passionate about while minoring in subjects that stir my curiosity.”