Caroline Cardamore ?21

Caroline Cardamone

Class Year

’21

Hometown

Bloomington, Illinois

Major(s)

German and Religion

Minor(s)

Computer Science

“I chose Carthage because it has amazing scholarships for foreign language, impressive professors who work closely with the students, and the lake. Looking out your dorm window and seeing sailboats on Lake Michigan can’t be beaten.”

Caroline Cardamone, ’21

Career goal

“I am going to apply to a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Germany after school; that’s my main goal right now. I would also like to work with refugees and help with their transition to new countries.”

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

Professor Gregory Baer has been an incredible adviser and professor to me throughout the whole college process. I don’t know where I would be without him. Professor Fatih Harpci is the reason I decided to major in religion. His classes are enjoyable, and I learned so much and always left with a lot to think about. Professor Kristen Drahos is so enthusiastic about her courses and is always willing to talk to students outside of class. Gerald Glidden, adjunct faculty member, was also awesome. He really cares about his students and makes sure they are succeeding.”

Favorite class

“It’s a tie between Shared Sages in Sacred Scriptures and German-Speaking World: Social, Political, and Economic Issues. I always left both of those classes still completely engrossed in the topic of the day.”

Campus involvement

“I was vice president of the Computer Science Club as a sophomore. We held weekly meetings and even went to a 24-hour hackathon in Cincinnati. I am also part of a reading group that Prof. Drahos hosts. Over the summer, I sailed in races through the Kenosha Community Center for fun.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class was probably Data Structures. The computer science classes here are difficult and a ton of work, but they feel so rewarding when you do well.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I spent my first college summer working for IT in Library and Information Services Department. Last summer, I worked as a software engineer for the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, and I worked on a small satellite that’s funded by NASA.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I will be studying abroad in Munich, Germany, which I am so looking forward to!”

Scholarships

“I received the Modern Language Scholarship for German. I worked hard to get that scholarship, and I will always be grateful for it. It meant I didn’t have to take out student loans and that I could go to school for what I was most passionate about. It also showed people at my high school that German can be rewarding and is worth studying.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“The Computer Science Department holds “barbecues” every week in the evenings for students to come and talk to their professors and peers about their projects. Tons of people show up. While there usually isn’t barbecue, there is often pizza and snacks while everyone hangs out and helps each other. It’s a great sense of community.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The Christine A. Hobbs Outdoor Learning Classroom is the best place to go for a walk and enjoy the lake. Being there is instantly relaxing.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise was changing one major from computer science to religion. I never thought I would change majors.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would probably be disappointed that I’m not a successful actor and that I wasn’t on Disney Channel. Then she would be confused about the German thing because I wasn’t into languages until high school. But she would eventually think it’s cool that I have a unique combination of majors/minors.”

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

“Studying what you are passionate about and good at is worth it. Seek out opportunities that pertain to what you want to major in and go after them. Do your own research on what careers are possible with certain majors instead of listening to people’s random opinions on what you can and cannot do.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because it has amazing scholarships for foreign language, impressive professors who work closely with the students, and the lake. Looking out your dorm window and seeing sailboats on Lake Michigan can’t be beat.”