Sophia Rogney

Class Year

’22

Hometown

Excelsior, Wis.

Major(s)

Women and Gender Studies, English with Creative Writing Emphasis

“Relationships with my professors have without a doubt helped me to succeed. Going to a small school creates the opportunity for one-on-one work that a big school doesn’t provide.”

Sophia Rogney, ’22

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

“Relationships with my professors have without a doubt helped me to succeed. Going to a small school creates the opportunity for one-on-one work that a big school doesn’t provide, and I’m so thankful for the professors that have taken the time to work through my writing with me. Professors such as Alyson Kiesel, Shannon Brennan, David Garcia, Ellen Hauser, and Maribel Morales deserve to be spotlighted always.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Literature and Gender, taught by Prof. Brennan. I loved the class so much because of the topics we covered: identity, sexual orientation, race, gender, consent, etc. I also loved it because of the books we got to read: ‘Confessions of the Fox’ by Jordy Rosenberg and ‘Giovanni’s Room’ by James Baldwin were especially great.”

Campus involvement

“I am a part of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and absolutely love the family I have found in that community. I am also involved with the Swim and Dive team as well, a group that is hardworking and loving to the highest degree. I am also a proud member of the Tau Sigma Chi fraternity. They are my favorite people in the whole world.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I work at the Writing Center on campus, which is mainly related to my English major. I love my job there. It is great to work with my peers and help them through difficult essays, often the same ones I’m struggling through myself, or have in prior years. The best part of the job is seeing lightbulbs go off when brainstorming, revising a thesis, or working through an argument and seeing the sudden clarity about what to write next, and the writer’s block fade away.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Some of my favorite Carthage memories were getting a bid for Tau Sigma Chi and having the opportunity to join that family, interviewing for my job at the Writing Center and being accepted as a tutor, and as cheesy as it sounds, meeting the most wonderful friends and realizing how absolutely lucky I am to have them in my life.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is Starbucks. Caffeine and friends collide there, so what more could you really ask for?”

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

“My 8-year-old self would be enamored with my current study path. I have wanted to be a writer since I can remember and adding in women and gender studies makes it even better and more rewarding.”

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

“Other students should consider majoring in women and gender studies because it is so eye-opening! Day after day we discuss human rights and what it means to respect people. The classes teach mainly about the inequalities that exist in Western society in all forms, (whether that be gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, class, etc.) and how to dismantle those systems that reinforce inequity, and work instead toward equality.”