Kaitlyn Keel 21

Kaitlyn Keel

Class Year

’21

Hometown

Kenosha, WI

Major(s)

Public Relations

Minor(s)

Women’s and Gender Studies

“I have a much more broad worldview than I had before coming to Carthage.”

Kaitlyn Keel, ’21

Career goal

“After graduation, I want to pursue a career within the music industry by working on tour and album promotion.”

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

Professor Ellen Hauser is one of the best professors on campus. She is so knowledgeable and passionate, not only about what she teaches, but about things she has studied or experienced outside the classroom. She introduced me to so many topics that I did not know much about. I have a much broader worldview than I had before because of her.”

Favorite class

“One of my favorite classes at Carthage is Women of Africa with Prof. Hauser. One of the first things we did in the class was make a list of assumptions and stereotypes about Africa or African countries, and then we spent the semester proving the stereotypes wrong through readings and research.”

Campus involvement

“I am currently the Vice President of Public Relations Student Society of America, and I am a member of our communication and digital media academic fraternity Lambda Pi Eta.”

Toughest class

“Every class has challenged me in different ways, but, with each class I take, I always build different knowledge and strength.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I had a summer internship with Habitat For Humanity of Kenosha as a marketing intern. Working with a non-profit organization was such a great experience to learn about the building blocks of non-profits on the inside. I was also given the opportunity to continue my work with the organization as a volunteer!”

Scholarships

“I am a recipient of the Kenosha Oaks Scholarship, and I feel very blessed to have this scholarship. I would have struggled to pay for college, but Carthage made everything possible for me.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Something that I will always remember are the monthly bingo games on campus. Each one is super exciting, and you get this rush every time you are super close to winning a round. It is really rewarding when you win a prize, even if it is only a pair of fuzzy socks.”

Favorite spot on campus

“One of my favorite spots on campus is the area of grass behind the Kissing Rock. There is a perfect view of the lake. Seeing the lake in full view is so calming. You can sit in the grass for hours and do homework or even take a nap.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I think be biggest surprise has been how supportive the professors and staff are. They love each and every one of their students, and they want to help you succeed in their class. High school teachers sometimes like to scare you and say that college will be daunting and that the professors won’t even know your name, but that’s not true at Carthage.” 

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

“I think my 8-year-old self would be intrigued by the path that I chose because, for a long time, I wanted to be a teacher or veterinarian. My parents did not say much to us about social issues when my siblings and I were growing up, so women’s and gender studies was not something that I really knew about until I was in high school when I started to do my own research.”

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

“People may tell you that a minor in women’s and gender studies is not useful, or that it is just a phase, and these issues will disappear after the fad is over. Do not listen to them. If you are interested in gender or equality, among other social issues, take a class within the department. You never know what you discover.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because of the programs, and the sense of community that we have on campus.”