Julia Kazupski 23

Julia Kazupski

Class Year

’23

Hometown

Chicago, IL

Major(s)

Elementary Education and Special Education

“Other students should consider a major in education because there is absolutely nothing better than this field. Majoring in education allows you to prepare students to lead amazing lives.”

Julia Kazupski, ’23

Career goal

“After I graduate, I hope to become a special education teacher. I hope to teach younger kids, preferably grades first to third. I also plan on attending graduate school to get my master’s degree in school administration. My ultimate career goal is to become a school principal. After I serve as a principal, I hope to become a professor at a university. I hope to prepare future educators and share my knowledge with them to be their best in the classroom before I depart from the field.”

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

“Professor Jolene Schneider has made an incredible impact on my life. She taught the very first education class that I took at Carthage. I can honestly say that she is my role model. When I think about the kind of teacher I want to be, I think of her. I respect and admire all that she has done in the education field. She reminded me of what teaching is really all about and the great impacts that I am capable of making on others. I can never thank Prof. Schneider for all that she has done for my class and all the love and kindness she showed us. Caring and passionate are the two best words to describe Prof. Schneider. Even though I am no longer in her class, I know I can still reach out to her and receive her support.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Fostering Engagement and Positive Behavior in the Classroom because I know I have learned so much valuable knowledge in this class. Professor Nina Weisling is so passionate and organized, which makes the class exciting and engaging. Each class, I am given some tool or piece of knowledge to keep in my back pocket to use when I am faced with managing a class. We participate in so many hands-on activities, and I feel important in the class. I am going to keep all of the resources from this class because I know they will be very helpful down the road. It is classes and professors like these that make me feel confident, ready, and excited to become a teacher.”

Campus involvement

“I am involved in Special Olympics Club, ACES, and Pals & Partners. I am the secretary of Circle K and am a First in the Family mentor. I am also a Student Ambassador on campus.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class at Carthage so far has been Human Anatomy and Physiology. This class has been tough for me because I have never been that great at science. This class really pushed me to be an independent learner. I have challenged myself to obtain the best study skills and to stay organized in order to be successful.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“The Education Department at Carthage has provided me with many great opportunities. For example, I had the opportunity to help host an event for high schoolers who hope to become teachers. This was a wonderful opportunity to interact with high schoolers and help them prepare for their future lives in college.”

Scholarships

“I received the Carthage Founders Scholarship. This scholarship means a lot to me because it made coming to Carthage possible. It also made me feel very proud because I know I could not have received it without my hard work and dedication in high school.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“It is so hard to pick out specific favorite moments and memories here at Carthage because I have had so many! I have met amazing people who I have made the best memories with.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the lounge area in The Tower. The view of the lake from this spot is amazing, and I always find myself going down by the beach to do homework.”

Biggest surprise so far

“My biggest surprise so far is how supportive and passionate my professors have been. Every professor I’ve had has shown me that they care and are interested in their subject matter. I have formed great connections with all of my professors, and I am so thankful. I am also very surprised about the fact that I do not mind walking to my 8 a.m. classes because I get to see the beautiful sunrise on Lake Michigan.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would feel so excited and proud of my current studies and career path. I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. My childhood dream is finally in the process of becoming a reality. My 8-year-old self would not be able to contain herself if she knew that my classes mostly consist of education classes.”

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

“Other students should consider a major in education because there is absolutely nothing better than this field. Majoring in education allows you to prepare students to lead amazing lives. We need educators who shape their students to be well-rounded people and great contributors to our society. The field of education is so exciting, and there are so many unique opportunities that come along with it”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because of the small class sizes, the welcoming environment, and the beautiful campus. When I first visited Carthage, I felt such a strong sense of community that I didn’t experienced at any other school. I could tell that my admission representative really cared about me and wanted me to attend Carthage.”