Alex Rogers

Class Year

’21

Hometown

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Major(s)

Japanese and Spanish

“Meeting new people and living on campus has really made my life a lot more fun and interesting. There are so many chances to reach out and make friends on campus.”

Alex Rogers, ’21

Career goal

“I hope to go on to grad school and eventually become a professor of languages at a university.”

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

“I’ve been extremely lucky to not have a single bad experience with a professor in my time at Carthage. Every class I’ve taken has been an absolute blast. A few professors who have had an especially good influence on my college career are Professor Yan Wang, Professor Matthew Borden, and Professor Michael McShane. They all challenged me to push myself in their classes, and I owe a lot of my college success to them.”

Favorite class

Intellectual Foundations, with Prof. McShane has been my favorite class. His teaching style was completely new to me, unlike anything I’d ever experienced. He was clearly extremely passionate about the books we read, and his grading system was super strict, which forced all of us in the class to think deeper than I bet most of us planned.”

Campus involvement

“I’ve been a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Alpha Mu Gamma honors societies — the latter being a modern language honors society that connects you with other like-minded individuals that are really interested in furthering their studies of languages. I was also a member of the Tea Club, and I attended meetings of a few other organizations but never had the time to join them. Now that I’m done with my time abroad, I plan to join many more student organizations.”

Toughest class

“The honors program class Thinking Like a Historian has higher standards due to being within the honors program. We spent the entire semester diving deep into the Irish potato famine, and while it was all very interesting, the sheer level of detail and minute factual information we were required to learn made for a difficult class.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Due to my majors, I was lucky to get to spend two semesters abroad, one in Spain and one in Japan. The whole daunting process of selecting a program and applying was made much easier due to the connections and good standing Carthage has within the community of study abroad.”

Scholarships

“I received the Carthage Merit Scholarship.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Meeting new people and living on campus has really made my life a lot more fun and interesting. There are so many chances to reach out and make friends on campus.”

Favorite spot on campus

“I love the beach and the volleyball court behind The Tower.”

Biggest surprise so far

“All of the teachers are so kind and supportive. In high school, I imagined that college professors were intimidating and strict, but that wasn’t the case at all. All of my professors are wonderful and helpful individuals.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would probably be a bit sad that I’m not the captain of a submarine or something outlandish like that. But honestly, he’d probably be quite proud of me. My father was a Spanish professor, and my mother is a professor of dietetics, so I think my younger self would be proud to see me following in their footsteps.”

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

“Put in the work outside of class. You will not improve your language ability by spending three to four hours a week speaking the language within a classroom environment. You need to read in the language, reach out to native or near-native level speakers and try to hold dialogues. Take the initiative to better your ability. It will be noticeable to your teachers and to your peers if you aren’t giving it your all.”

Why Carthage?

“Carthage has a really good study abroad program with amazing connections, which helped me get into the programs I wanted to.”