Creative Writing, Japanese
Brent Nemetz may not know what he wants to pursue after he graduates, but he knows that Carthage is the perfect step toward that future — whatever that may be.
“I’m still trying to decide what I’d like to do, because there is so much I’d love to do,” Brent said. “I know that whatever I decide on, I’ll be prepared because of Carthage.”
Brent was drawn to Carthage by the beautiful campus and small student-to-faculty ratio. Now halfway through his undergraduate career, the close relationships he has with faculty are his favorite part of his time here. “The faculty really care and take the time to get to know you, both as a student and as a person,” he said.
He decided to major in English because he has always loved reading and writing. “I know every day I go to class that I’m going to learn something new. No matter how much of a handle I think I have on the material, a new layer is always added and I always see a new perspective on things.”
After taking Japanese 101, he decided to add a Japanese major. Foreign language classes at Carthage are taught in an immersion setting. “I learned more in the short semester than I ever thought I could,” Brent said. “The class left a huge impression on me.”
He has also taken on a handful of leadership positions around campus. He is the co-founder and vice president of the Carthage Pokémon League, vice president for Merely Players, vice president of the Carthage Japanese Club, and a member of the national English Honors Fraternity Sigma Tau Delta. “My time spent with the organizations I’ve been in has been a blast. Clubs, organizations, and student involvement are a huge part of Carthage, and Carthage has plenty of opportunities to tailor your student involvement to the exact experience you want it to be.”
“I’ve learned so much since I’ve been here — not only in the classroom, but also through the opportunities I’ve had outside of the classroom.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“I’ve learned a lot and have really enjoyed my time with all the professors in the Japanese and English departments. But if I had to pick my favorite, it would be Prof. Alyson Kiesel. She’s as witty as I wish I could be, the material we go over in class is always great, and I’ve learned a lot from her.”
“My Japanese 101 class sticks out in my mind. I came in really nervous because I didn’t have a very good experience learning languages in high school. I heard that Carthage taught languages in a different way than high school, so I was optimistic. The class was a lot of fun, and I learned more in the short semester than I ever thought I could. The class left a huge impression on me, and I decided to make Japanese my second major.”
“Shakespeare with Prof. Maria Carrig was a big challenge. I really enjoy Shakespeare, but the class was full of upperclassman who really knew their stuff. It was a big challenge, and I had to spend quite a bit of time studying, but I came out feeling confident on the subject.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“Last October I took a trip with the English and Theatre departments to Stratford, Ontario, for the annual Stratford Shakespeare Festival. The trip was great. I had the opportunity to travel to the beautiful town of Stratford, see some great scenery, and enjoy amazing plays.”
Favorite spot on campus
“The Kissing Rock definitely has the best view of the lake on campus. On a clear day, you can see so far, and the lake is always beautiful.”
Biggest surprise so far
“The amount of leadership opportunities there are on campus.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“If you’re thinking about an English major, or any major for that matter, take a couple of the classes, talk to other students in the department, or set up a meeting with a professor. There are a ton of different perspectives on campus, and you have access to all of them. Don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to people about what you’re doing.”