Aliliywa Mbise

Class Year



Racine, WI





“Be open-minded, take everything in, and be flexible.”

Aliliywa Mbise, ’20

Career goal

“I hope that after graduation I can become a traveling nurse and put my two favorite things together: traveling and helping others.”

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

She isn’t a professor, but Debra Clark in the Center for Faith and Spirituality has had a huge impact on my Carthage experience. She made my transfer transition so easy and gave me a home at Carthage. She has encouraged me through all of my classes and really made an impact on my life. I have peaked with having her as a boss in college. Thank you, Debbie!”

Favorite class

“My favorite class so far has been French II with Madame Yaka. She was a great teacher and always made class fun and engaging.”

Campus involvement

“If I’m not studying, you can probably find me in A. F. Seibert Chapel. I work as an assistant and sacristan for different events, and am always running around during Christmas Festival!”

Toughest class

“The toughest class so far has been Pharmacology. Any nursing student can tell you it is one of the most grueling classes because of the workload and new content.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“This summer, I was accepted as a student nurse intern on a medical-surgical cardiac step-down unit. As a student nurse, this is one of the best ways to gain experience in the field. Clinical time is limited and always up to the population. Having more time in a hospital allows me to see and experience a lot more. I highly recommend the opportunity to any student nurse!”

Opportunities at Carthage

“This January, I will be going to Nicaragua to be part of the nursing experience there. I also was picked as a recipient for the Smeds Fellowship for Population Health and will be doing undergraduate research before I graduate.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite memories at Carthage have been working Christmas Festival, nursing lab shenanigans, and getting nostalgic at the Jessie McCartney concert and watching students kill it as his openers!”

Favorite spot on campus

“Sitting in the red Adirondack chairs by the lake or in the A. F. Siebert Chapel.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise so far is how my college career has changed. I started with wanting to have two minors along with nursing (which didn’t happen). I’m also surprised with the way my interests in nursing have changed.”

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

I think my 8-year-old self would be a little mad that I wasn’t going into something with performance, but she would be happy with nursing and would give me a thumbs up!”

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

“Figure out how you study and how you learn. It will be a lot of work, but you can still have fun in nursing school. Be open-minded, take everything in, and be flexible. In clinical, you may not get all of the experiences you want, but unexpected experiences can open up a new avenue for you.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage for it’s community, reputation, location, and academics.”