Kamren Smith

Class Year



Joliet, Illinois


Finance and Management



“Although college may seem stressful and scary at times, make sure to have fun. College is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Always remember that one test, one class, or even one event doesn’t decide your entire future. Life is truly what you make it.”

Kamren Smith, ’20

Career goal

“After college, my main goal is to land a job in sports management. My passion for sports goes far beyond the field; I love the teamwork and analytical side of sports. I hope to someday become a general manager for a sports team.”

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

“My biggest supporters on campus are Professor Cassie Lau and my track coaches, Vaughn Tackmann and Josh Henry. Prof. Lau always pushes me to broaden my horizons and to get involved in new things. Not only does she help me in the classroom, but she also helps me advance my career outside of Carthage.

Coach Tackmann and Coach Henry have been in my corner since freshman year. They both helped me through some tough periods in my life. They always make it their job to motivate me and make sure I am focused on the right things. Without these three, I’m not sure I would be where I am today.”

Favorite class

“I really enjoyed Western Heritage II with Professor Donald Russell. In this class, we spoke about a lot of broad and abstract topics that I found extremely interesting.”

Campus involvement

“I was a member of the track team and a former board member of the honor society here on campus. I am also a former member of the business fraternity and a founding member of an inclusion program called My Brother’s Keeper.”

Toughest class

My toughest class was International Finance cross-listed with Economics. The class included a lot of abstract theories that typically involved formulas and large, complex graphs required to help explain both the theories and formulas.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I had an internship at Froedtert South Kenosha Medical Center. While I was there, I worked in the finance department as a financial analyst. I was one of the main managers of the entire hospital’s budget and got to sit in on many meetings with VP’s and the CFO of the hospital. What I loved most about my time there was how laid back the environment was.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I had the opportunity to take an elective course on trading in the stock market. This course was both fun and educational because I got to do my own live trading. I will also be going on a J-term study tour to Germany after my graduation ceremony in summer 2020!”


“I had the honor of receiving the Dwight W. Byram Scholarship Award. It is said that this scholarship is awarded to a management student who has done well in his/her classes and stands out as a leader in the classroom. This scholarship means a lot to me because it was voted on by the faculty. It is an honor to be seen as a successful student by professors who are experienced and greatly decorated with accomplishments, many of whom I look up to.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

Some of my favorite moments at Carthage include going to track meets and spending time with my teammates, going to the wild Bingo nights CAB holds during the school year, and gathering with friends to watch the Super Bowl, World Series, or NBA playoffs.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is probably the Campbell Student Union. I love food there, and it’s the place where my friends and I always hang out. Although, I would say I spend most of my time in the TARC playing games, working out, or at practice.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I think the biggest surprise for me is how fast everything goes. It’s hard to grasp that I will be graduating in just a few months when it feels like just last week, I was a freshman.”

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

I think my 8-year-old self would be both surprised and proud if he were to see where I am today. It definitely wasn’t easy getting here. I struggled a lot along the way, but I never gave up.”

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

“Participate in things that will set you apart from others when applying for a job. And most importantly, don’t be afraid to reach out for help; there are many professors and alumni who are willing to network with you and help you with your career.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because it has always felt like a second home to me. Throughout my admission and recruitment process, faculty and staff treated me like family. My coaches, professors, and colleagues have all welcomed me with open arms since my first day on campus.”