Alice Blake ?22

Alice Blake

Class Year



Viroqua, Wisconsin



“Carthage’s direct admission nursing program allowed me to begin my nursing studies freshman year and allowed me to build relationships and a support system with my fellow classmates.”

Alice Blake, ’22

Career goal

“When I graduate, my goal is to work in an ICU or ER department. These critical care settings will allow me to build a solid foundation in nursing practice, treat patients from all walks of life, and continue to learn. After gaining experience in the field, I plan to pursue my master’s degree and possibly my doctorate to serve as a nursing clinical faculty member or lecturer.”

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

“The small class sizes at Carthage enable students to to build a rapport with professors. This close relationship fosters a positive learning environment where students are heard and can succeed. Aside from teaching, these professors are a support system, and their continual encouragement helped me reach where I am today.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class thus far was Fundamentals of Nursing taught by Professor Patricia Flannery. This was my first nursing class, and it provided a strong foundation and affirmed that nursing is my calling.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of the Carthage Association of Nursing Students, the National Residence Hall Honorary, and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. I am also the community service chair for the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the treasurer, secretary, and player for the Carthage Hockey Club.”

Toughest class

“Pharmacology was by far the most difficult class thus far but also the most satisfying and useful. Pharmacology is a part of every nursing course, and it is rewarding to see all my studying pay off when I can apply what I learned in another class.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I had the opportunity to tutor anatomy and physiology at Carthage. I am currently a nursing lab assistant as well as a basic life support (BLS) instructor for the Nursing Department. These positions allow me to use what I have learned and to help other students succeed in the program, whether that is in their coursework, clinical skills, or ensuring they are comfortable providing CPR.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I am excited for my travels to Nicaragua. I have the opportunity to travel with fellow nursing students and help in underprivileged clinics, giving routine care and vaccinations for the local community members.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I have many great memories and moments throughout my time at Carthage including bingo, hockey games, and Homecoming to name a few. But the thing that made all these times so great were my friends that are now more like family!”

Favorite spot on campus

“I love sitting on the red adirondack chairs that overlook the lake.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise is just how much the faculty will work for me and support me through everything I do. It is really cool waiting in line at Starbucks and a professor comes over to say hello! The relationships that I have created with my professors are truly incredible.”

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

“When I was 8, I wanted to be many things, such as a professional bull rider or astronaut, and being a nurse never crossed my mind. I think my 8-year-old self would be proud that I have found a passion for nursing. It incorporates everything I love including helping others, continually expanding my knowledge, and challenging myself to become better each day.”

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

“Nursing is a challenging and fulfilling major that enables you to take what is learned in your coursework and apply it in a clinical setting, advocating for your patients. Additionally, the nursing community is a very tight-knit group of students and faculty members who are uplifting and supportive of each other. My advice to any prospective nursing student is: never lose your hunger to learn, always jump at opportunities to better yourself, work hard and challenge yourself, and most importantly support each other and have fun!”

Why Carthage?

“Carthage’s direct admission nursing program allowed me to begin my nursing studies freshman year and allowed me to build relationships and a support system with my fellow classmates. Additionally, I knew the liberal arts education would expose me to the critical thinking and cultural competence I would need to treat my future patients. I was also drawn to the small school size. When I stepped foot on campus, it felt like home.”