Jessica Lea

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Vernon Hills, Ill.


Allied Health Science

At Carthage, Jessica Lea ’24 is able to explore her passion for allied health science. She loves that the class sizes are small because her professors can give all of their students specialized attention and are available to help after and outside of class.  

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“Allied health science comes with so many opportunities when you graduate. One of the first classes I took showed us all the different health care careers that we could go into, and it showed how they all worked together, which I thought was really cool.”

Jessica Lea, ’24

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because it is close to home and close to some extended family. Plus, the campus is beautiful, and I love the small class sizes.”

Career goal

“I want to either be an athletic trainer or a physician assistant.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is anywhere along the lake. Even in the winter, it is beautiful.”

Biggest surprise

“The biggest surprise for me so far was how caring and helpful the professors are. It’s also how they show that they want everyone to succeed. In high school, they make it seem like all professors are mean and scary, but after coming to Carthage, I learned that is not the case at all.”

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

“My 8-year-old self wouldn’t even know what an athletic trainer or physician’s assistant does or who they are. So it’s safe to say, my 8-year-old self would be pretty surprised about where I am now.”