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Angeliemarie Soto ‘13







Favorite spot on campus

“I think there are many great spots on campus, it all just depends on your mood. If I want to study and do homework, Einstein’s and Starbucks are great during the slow times. If I want more activity and some fun, the Student Union is definitely a good place to hang out. If I just want a peaceful place for some quiet time to reflect and be by myself, then the small chapel is definitely a great place.”

There are two things Angeliemarie Soto wants prospective students to know about the Carthage and Psychology Department:

1. Carthage opens up many doors for its students. 
2. It’s up to students to walk through them.

“I think the Psychology Department is great,” Angeliemarie said. “The professors push you to your fullest, but you have to pay attention in your classes and be willing to use the tools they teach you.”

There are always opportunities for students to get involved. Angeliemarie originally hoped to be a departmental fellow, a paid position involving a substantial amount of research. However, when she later found that the position was filled, she was guided by Professor Leslie Cameron to another opportunity. She now works with Professor Dan Miller on his research into stress, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In fact, she will have the chance to teach younger classmates about the methods she used in the project.

“I think it is great that I get the opportunity to show other students what I did,” she said.

After she graduates, Angeliemarie wants to go to graduate school and eventually get into clinical psychology, but before that she may take some time to give back and join the Peace Corps. “Graduate school will always be there, but I want to travel and give back,” she said.

Favorite professor

“Although I’ve met many great professors at Carthage, I would have to say that Dan Miller is one of my favorites. He is a friendly professor who is more than happy to help when you have questions. He encourages and fosters learning. Thanks to him, not only do I have the opportunity to conduct research, but I truly enjoy it — and that’s something that I never thought would be possible.”

Favorite class

“Abnormal Psychology was my favorite class. Clinical psychology is something that I want to pursue. This class not only contained valuable knowledge, but I found the content itself to be fascinating.”

Toughest class

“History of Psychology at Carthage was one of the toughest classes I have had at Carthage. It was a J-Term class with Prof. Leslie Cameron in which students were responsible for researching the history of the Psychology Department at Carthage College. We spent three weeks researching professors, theses, research that was conducted, and the history of Psi Chi at Carthage College. We spent countless hours in the archives and communicated with various people in order to research all of these topics. It was definitely demanding, but I learned a lot and it was a great experience.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“I think a few of my favorite moments at Carthage were going to theatre productions with my friends, cooking at my professor’s house with classmates from Spanish class, and becoming involved in homecoming activities or service projects with friends.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“I didn’t expect to be able to call some of my professors by their first names or to learn as much as I have. Of course, learning is the point of going to college, but to learn information on so many diverse topics is what is truly great. I’ve been exposed to subjects like philosophy, Greek culture, Islam, acting, Zumba, political science, and many more. These classes have allowed me to expand my knowledge and become a well-rounded individual. Carthage offers many opportunities and a wide variety of classes that enhance your education beyond your major and that can be applied in your life.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“I think that psychology is a great major, but students need to be driven in order to excel. The Psychology Department’s professors are friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. However, they will push you to excel and succeed, so it is up to you to advance and do well. The Psychology Department truly trains you for your future, so if this is something that students are driven to pursue, then they will do very well.”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Winner of four national magic competitions, psychological science professor Tony Barnhart often performs rope tricks, coin tricks, and card tricks in class to demonstrate the psychological principle of inattentional blindness. “You know exactly what’s happening, and you still fall for it every time,” says Alison Mackey ’17.

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …