Zach Shawhan

Class Year

’22

Hometown

Racine, Wisconsin

Major(s)

Management and Marketing

Minor(s)

Economics

“Prof. Maltsev and Prof. Jewell teach in the business setting and have graciously given me a lot of their time, in and out of the classroom. They taught me so many things about accounting and economics, which allowed me to think much more clearly about my future.”

Zach Shawhan, ’22

Career goal

“My career goal after college is to go out into the professional work field and help other people. While business is typically associated with profits and losses, I want to focus on working with others and worry about the money later. I do not know what company I will work for after I graduate, but I will continue to expand my horizons and network to find out where that destination will be. After creating a stable base at my job, I will continue to invest and hopefully transition my way into the finance industry using my experience in the business world.”

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

“I loved my time with Professor Yuri Maltsev, Professor Barbara Jewell, and Professor Paul Ulrich. Prof. Maltsev and Prof. Jewell teach in the business setting and have graciously given me a lot of their time, in and out of the classroom. They taught me so many things about accounting and economics, which allowed me to think much more clearly about my future.

“Prof. Ulrich taught my Western Heritage I class. He helped challenge me in the classroom and has been more than willing to have conversations with me outside of the classroom as well.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage has been Introduction to Business. My classmates made the class a lot of fun. A lot of my good friends took the class as well as many other great students I hadn’t met beforehand. Group projects and homework assignments really brought everyone together, and we had a great time with the material. Additionally, I learned a lot of new things, got my certification for Microsoft Excel, and got to talk to real-life business owners throughout the process.”

Campus involvement

“I am team member of the Varsity Men’s Golf Team and participate in intramural sports (volleyball). I am also a club member of Delta Upsilon FraternityPi Sigma Epsilon Business FraternityAlpha Lambda DeltaNCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and Special Olympics Club. In addition, I am involved on campus as a resident assistant, peer coach, and student ambassador.”

Toughest class

“So far, the toughest class at Carthage was my Religion 1000 course. The class was very intellectually challenging. Not only did we cover all of the major world religions in just one semester, but we also took a look at non-religious and indigenous religions as well. The reason why this class was challenging was due to the broad range of information we covered and in-depth analysis we performed of each topic. While this class was tough, it showed me how many different perspectives there are in the world and how important it is to respect other people.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Carthage gave me the opportunity to continue playing the sport I love the most. I am a member of the men’s golf team, and being able to play at the collegiate level has been a blessing. Being a very competitive person from a young age, I knew this was going to be an essential piece of my life moving forward in college.

“Additionally, Carthage has given me the opportunity to present my journey to prospective students, families, and faculty. In turn, this has helped me broaden my network and really get to know some incredible people.”

Scholarships

“I have been awarded a couple of different scholarships, such as the Springfield Scholarship, the Johnson, John & Elizabeth Scholarship, the Joy Valentine Scholarship, and a few grants. Financial aid and scholarships are another big reason why I came to Carthage. All of the scholarships and grants have gone such a long way and have meant the world to me.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Some of my favorite Carthage memories stem from my time spent on the golf course with my teammates, in class working with my peers, and being involved in student life. Being able to compete at the collegiate level in sports has not only taken my game to the next level, but it has also taught me a number of valuable life lessons. I have met some of my best friends in my classes. Similarly, having one-on-one connections with professors has extended my reach into the professional world. Lastly, the student life here at Carthage is nothing short of amazing. The community, atmosphere, and people are fantastic and make my experience here great.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My personal favorite place to go is the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center. Since Carthage, with the support of our Athletic Department and alumni, has built a new golf facility, I oftentimes lose track of time in there. When I am not utilizing the new golfing facility, I am more than likely in the gym, shooting hoops in the TARC Field House, or watching the other Carthage sports.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I, like many other students, believed that going to a small school would be somewhat boring at times. I can honestly say that I was dead wrong. There are so many different opportunities available. There are a number of Greek Life organizations, service-based organizations, intramural sports, and much more.”

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

“When I was 8-years-old, I wanted to grow up to be a professional baseball player. My life has changed so much since then, and my future looks different now, but I think little 8-year-old me would be happy to see how grown up and professional I am.”

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

“Do your research. Students should not only research what Carthage has to offer in a particular field, but they should also look at what the job market will look like after college. There are so many incredible places that business can take you, so look into them. Also, I encourage students to work with other people, study hard, and work on time management skills because doing so is crucial for the business majors at Carthage. Lastly, students should make sure they are ready to work in an ever-changing field that demands creativity, teamwork, and inclusiveness to be successful.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage for three essential reasons: the academic programs Carthage offers, the ability to continue playing the sport I love at the collegiate level, and the financial aid that my family and I were able to get. While these were the main reasons why I came here, there are so many other positives such as the location, small class sizes, student life, and much more.”