Kayla Raye

Class Year

’22

Hometown

Mundelein, Illinois

Major(s)

Chinese and Sociology

Minor(s)

Women and Gender Studies

“I transferred to Carthage my sophomore year because I was looking for more support and resources. Carthage has really amazing professors and course offerings.”

Kayla Raye, ’22

Career goal

“After I graduate, I hope to go to graduate school and continue studying sociology or receive a Fulbright fellowship.”

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

“Professor Darwin Tsen has made a huge impact on my Carthage experience. He supports me in all my different academic interests and also helped me think of ways in which my two areas of study intersect. His passion for Chinese and social justice is something I really admire. I feel very lucky to have him as an advisor.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Intro to Women and Gender Studies with Professor Maribel Morales Martinez. The discussions we had in class were so meaningful and a lot of the times, vulnerable. Prof. Morales is also an amazing teacher, and she genuinely cares about all of her students.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class at Carthage was my Chinese class. However, it pushed me to study harder, so I learned a lot from that experience.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I went on the J-Term trip to Disney World, and it was so fun! I made a lot of friends and learned to be a more conscious consumer.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I have enjoyed forming bonds with my professors and classmates.”

Favorite spot on campus

“I love the Hedberg Library! The study cubes in the basement are my favorite place to read or study.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I’m surprised by the amount of different experiences and opportunities Carthage and professors have to offer.”

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

“When I was young, I wanted to be a marine biologist; but my 8-year-old self also loved to read and learn new things, so I think she would be pleased regardless.”

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

“Don’t be afraid to explore multiple areas of study. People may warn you not to, but if you’re really passionate about it, do it!”

Why Carthage?

“I transferred to Carthage my sophomore year because I was looking for more support and resources. Carthage has really amazing professors and course offerings.”