Musical Theatre, Marketing
“Carthage has offered me the opportunity to perform every single semester since I arrived here. I have participated in music theater workshops, main stage musicals and plays, dance shows, staged readings, and directed scenes.”
“After I graduate Carthage, I hope to be involved in the theater world in either the performing or business aspects. I would love to perform and support myself that way as an artist but I would also love to work for a theater in their marketing/business administration sectors.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“The Carthage faculty have impacted my life because they directly impact how I learn and how I allow myself to see the world. Through my relationships with my professors, I have been notified of numerous job opportunities as well as given real world application and insight into fields of work after Carthage.”
“My favorite class at Carthage so far has shockingly been my Advanced Personal Selling course with Professor J.J. Shields. This class not only allowed me to gain a Sandler Sales Bronze certification, but it has taught me priceless skills. Specifically, I’ve learned the importance of actively listening to people, finding what their needs are, and learning to value yourself and your own time.”
“While a lot of my time is taken up with classes and rehearsals for my numerous performance activities, I still have found time to participate in a few student organizations on campus. I am the public relations chair of Lambda Kappa (coed music fraternity), I have gotten to perform and choreograph for Perfectly Authentic (coed a cappella group), and have recently joined Alpha Phi Omega (the theater service fraternity).”
“The toughest class I have taken thus far at Carthage was Personal Selling, the base level course, also taught by Prof. Shields. It was tough because of how it made me look at my own life and how I interact with people, as well as course work that was stimulating but very challenging.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“Last year, I had the opportunity to assist with the ‘dance call’ of the prospective music theater students at Carthage. Additionally, last summer I had the opportunity to intern at a financial institute and work a little bit with their social media and marketing employees. This coming summer, Handshake and Carthage faculty have helped me find and apply for numerous internships that I am currently in the process of interviewing for.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“Carthage has offered me the opportunity to perform every single semester since I arrived here. I have participated in music theater workshops, main stage musicals and plays, dance shows, staged readings, and directed scenes. Additionally, I have gotten to travel to Stratford, Canada to attend the Stratford Theater Festival to see numerous professional theater performances.”
“I receive numerous scholarships here at Carthage. Some of them are for my academics in high school as well as my continued work here, while others are specific to my involvement and growth in the Music Department.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“My favorite memories take place with the close group of five to six friends I have made all while studying at Carthage. Whether it be our family dinners in the Cafeteria or our trips to the beach, Carthage brought me together with a group of people I now call my family.”
Favorite spot on campus
Biggest surprise so far
“My biggest surprise here has been how much input and say I get in my own education. While there are requirements and things I can’t change, there is so much that I can put my own ideas and suggestions into.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I think my 8-year-old self would love the fact that I’m pursuing musical theater. It has been a dream of mine since I was very young. Business probably would not be a thought in my 8-year-old mind, but as long as I’m helping people, I think my younger self would approve.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“I think Carthage students should highly consider musical theater and marketing because both these seemingly unrelated fields have so much overlap and real-world application. Music and theater have taught me discipline, hard work, and a need for creativity in all aspects of life. Marketing has taught me to be analytical, observe the world around me, and search for answers. Both of these programs are amazing and Carthage has shaped me into a new person and a young professional.”
“I chose Carthage because of the ability to design my own education in terms of double majoring in marketing and musical theater. Additionally, the faculty and student create a community that offers so many great connections and opportunities.”