Trisha Garcia

Class Year

’20

Hometown

Burr Ridge, Ilinois

Major(s)

Spanish

Minor(s)

Sociology and Educational Studies

“All my professors have been brilliant and incredibly impactful. Professor Matt Borden, my advisor and frequent Spanish professor, is a clever and highly supportive individual. He impacted the way I learned the Spanish language and culture, making sure I recognize that they go hand in hand.”

Trisha Garcia, ’20

Career goal

“I will be attending graduate school to earn my master’s degree in higher education student affairs to eventually become an academic advisor.”

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

“All my professors have been brilliant and incredibly impactful. Professor Matt Borden, my advisor and frequent Spanish professor, is a clever and highly supportive individual. He impacted the way I learned the Spanish language and culture, making sure I recognize that they go hand in hand.

Professor Annette Duncan is a brilliant, strong, and kindhearted soul whose presence lights up the classroom. She’s a professor who can make students who hate English/lit love it. Her charismatic and caring nature made students at ease in her classroom.

“My sociology teachers, Professor Richard Matthews, Professor Jeffrey Seymour, Professor Katherine Hilson, and Professor Danielle Geary, are all incredibly level and open-minded people who simply teach students to have a critical and sensitive eye to aspects of our society we don’t think twice about. I thank them for allowing me to be a more sensitive and understanding person.”

Favorite class

“Prof. Hilson’s Racial and Cultural Minorities course was so fun and enlightening. Her class connected the history of how racial groups were declared and treated and how the repercussions appear in our contemporary American culture. It was my favorite class because there was never a dull discussion, and I gained a better cultural awareness that is vital as a U.S. citizen and working professional.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Language Honor Society) and Tau Sigma Chi, and I am a third-season diver on the Carthage swim and dive team.”

Toughest class

“I think my hardest class will be my thesis this semester. It will combine the critical thinking and writing skills I practiced in my sociology classes with the Spanish language. Reading and writing on social issues and analyses can be a challenge in English, so it should be interesting to do in Spanish.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I’ve been on two J-Term study abroad trips. In 2018, I went to Guatemala for Spanish Immersion, and I went to Chile in spring 2019. I gave a presentation on my trip to Guatemala at the Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honor Society convention in New York, and I had the opportunity to research the effective academic advising for marginalized groups such as students of color and those with disabilities.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I loved being able to travel to New York, Guatemala, Disney World, and Chile. The Tau Sigma Chi Dove Love and Turtle Dove unity events, and breaking the school’s record with my dive teammates are also things I will never forget.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The pool classroom”

Biggest surprise so far

“It was surprising to learn that, even with no plan at all, I can still be successful. With the right support and life experiences, you will be just fine.”

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

“8-year old me would be happy and proud to know that I am entering a career field that I am excited for and that its a job field where I can help people.”

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

“You’re not just learning the Spanish language. There’s a lot of rich history and pride among the Latin people that has been based on the seizure of their freedoms but perpetuated by the bond within the family and the value of working hard. So ultimately, I would say to recognize and respect the connection between the language and its culture.”

Why Carthage?

“I was originally undecided, so I chose Carthage because I saw it had an array of majors that I could see myself potentially declaring, among the many opportunities for extracurricular activity participation.”