Joseph Paver

Class Year

’20

Hometown

Warrenville, Illinois

Major(s)

Nursing

“In myself I have found a passion, desire, and a competitive edge that pushes me to be the best version of myself every day. I could not be more grateful to be able to find this side in myself throughout my time in this program.”

Joseph Paver, ’20

Career goal

“Once I graduate from Carthage, I plan on continuing my nursing career as a pediatric nurse. Over the past year, in the Nursing Program I have also found an interest in Oncology, which is another field I would love to specialize in one day.”

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

Professor Cheryl Petersen has been an amazing role model for me. The first class I had ever taken at Carthage once I transferred was with Prof. Petersen, and my first ever clinical rotation was also with Prof. Petersen! She has always challenged me to shoot for the sky and strive for greatness. Her success and dedication towards nursing pushes me to be the best that I can become. I could not have gotten more lucky than to have a such a fun, knowledgeable, and professional individual like herself to show me the ropes of nursing!”

Favorite class

“My favorite class is the clinical portion of Fundamentals of Nursing. The course challenged me intellectually day-in and day-out. This clinical was my entry into the nursing field, and I could not be happier to have chosen this path!”

Toughest class

“The most difficult course I took was Fundamentals of Nursing. It required many hours of reading, studying, and practicing. This course reshaped me and taught me how to truly become a nursing student. It showed me that it required many hours of studying and very few hours to sleep to become successful in the program!”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I have not had any nursing internships previously; however, this summer, I plan on applying to multiple position around Kenosha to work as a student nurse intern.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“One of my favorite memories is the friendships I have found in and out of the Nursing Program. I have learned and grown through many of the people I have been around throughout the time I’ve spent at the school!”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on this campus has to be in the TARC. This location allows me to take my mind off school and be social by either playing basketball with my friends or getting some exercise in the gym.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise I have found in this program is seeing a side of myself I never thought was possible. I have been dedicated towards my studies throughout this program. With this dedication, I have found great pride in myself for the work I have put in.”

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

“My 8-year-old self (or my 18-year-old self) definitely would not have expected to see me finding an interest to work in Oncology. I have found this passion throughout my clinical experience and also find it to be immensely fulfilling to care for those in end-of-life scenarios.”

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

“I believe other students should consider this major because it brings out a side you may not know had existed. In myself I have found a passion, desire, and a competitive edge that pushes me to be the best version of myself every day. I could not be more grateful to be able to find this side in myself throughout my time in this program.

“Don’t be afraid of failure, we are all humans! My dad has always told me that if you fall, fall forward and use your past failures to create future success. Be prepared to be challenged whenever you are in a nursing course!”

Why Carthage?

“I chose to come to Carthage because of the atmosphere that surrounds the Nursing Program. The smaller cohorts of students also got my attention. I believed I would get the best out of my courses and develop more efficient relationships with my professors due to the class size.”