Breanna Reynolds

Class Year

’21

Hometown

Buffalo Grove, IL

Major(s)

Communications

Minor(s)

Public Relations, Dance

“I chose Carthage for its amazing location. Our beautiful campus is halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago and has endless opportunities.”

Breanna Reynolds, ’21

Career goal

“After Carthage, I hope to find a job that allows me to utilize my creative side while furthering my management skills. I love learning from peers, setting and achieving goals, and having mentors that I am able to look up to. I can’t wait to see where I end up next year!”

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

“Colleen Kappeler is my advisor and professor and is such an amazing woman. She manages to always have high energy and makes learning so fun. She has also achieved a lot during her career in public relations and is an amazing role model for me.”

Favorite class

“Public Relations Writing with Prof. Kappeler has been my favorite class. It was one of my first public relations classes at Carthage and by far my favorite. I learned so much right off the bat, and the class was structured in a very conversational way, so I loved getting to hear from my peers every class.”

Campus involvement

“I am a captain of the dance team and on the executive board for my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. While being a captain of the dance team the past two years, I have managed the teams social media accounts, lead practices, and choreograph routines that are performed by the whole team. My co-captain and I also work very closely with our head coaches and together make sure that everything runs smoothly and practices and games.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class at Carthage has been Math 1040, simply because I struggle with math. I am a communications major and had not taken a math class since my senior year of high school. I survived it by going to see our class tutor, having study dates with peers from my class, and going to my professors office hours. Also, extra credit!”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Going on a J-Term trip to Africa is definitely pretty high on my list of favorite Carthage memories, but I also have been so blessed with the friends I’ve made my past three years here. By making the dance team my first weekend on campus freshman year and by auditioning for the fall dance show that same weekend, I have always been connected in the Carthage community. Additionally, due to total randomness and pure luck, I was placed in an orientation group with my two girls who became my best friends and still are to this day. Lastly, by going through recruitment in the fall of my sophomore year, I was able to meet and become friends with 50 amazing and inspiring women who I most likely would not have been close with otherwise. If you get involved and connected, Carthage will become your home immediately, which is a big part of what makes it so special for me.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is currently my seventh floor room of The Tower that faces Lake Michigan. My roommate and I love pulling back our blinds every morning to see the gorgeous lake staring back at us.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise for me so far has been how little I want to go home! While I love my parents, sister, and dog, I adore Carthage and never want to leave. It’s gotten to the part where I dread summers because it means I don’t live with my best friends. Somehow, it’s my senior year, and in a few months, I will be graduating from this amazing institution. I cannot thank Carthage enough for giving me my best friends and amazing role models.”

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

“I think my eight-year self would be confused as to how communications is a major since we all communicate verbally and non-verbally every day.”

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

“I highly recommend it! It’s an amazing department with amazing faculty and staff. Everyone wants to help you succeed.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage for its amazing location. Our beautiful campus is halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago and has endless opportunities. Not to mention, it’s only an hour from my house, so in case of emergency, I know that I am close to home.”