Kayla Raye

Class Year

’22

Hometown

Mundelein, Ill.

Major(s)

Sociology, Chinese

Minor(s)

Women’s and Gender Studies

“As a transfer student, I transferred to Carthage my sophomore year because the faculty and staff were so welcoming to me. I could tell they genuinely cared about my success and wellbeing. They are my favorite part about Carthage.”

Kayla Raye, ’22

Career goal

“After I graduate, I hope to go to graduate school and get a master’s degree in social work. My dream job is to help free criminalized survivors and other marginalized incarcerated individuals.”

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

Professor Maribel Morales has been such an amazing support system throughout my time at Carthage. She was the first professor I ever had here and I’m so grateful for that. She allows space for important, and a lot of the time vulnerable, conversations in her classroom. As a class, we became close and it felt like we had established our own little community by the end. She also lets students study things that they find interesting. I found it inspiring to learn what my peers were passionate about. She’s helped me succeed at Carthage by recommending me for a variety of things. She is truly one of my biggest role models.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Women and Gender Studies Theory with Professor Ellen Hauser. She structures that class perfectly and we read so many important texts that I will carry with me forever. She also allowed space for meaningful conversations. Even though the class was fully remote I felt like I was able to establish a relationship with the Prof. Hauser and other students in the class. The final project for that class was also my favorite project that I’ve ever done.”

Campus involvement

“I am one of the founders and the treasurer of the Carthage Left Alliance. We discuss different topics together, attend protests together, and have a lot of fun. I am so grateful for the space we have created together and the friendships I’ve made there. I am also an organization representative on Student Government. I find it empowering to organize with my peers to better students’ experience at Carthage.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I went on the Women and Gender Studies J-Term trip to Disney World, and it was so fun! I made a lot of friends and learned to be a more conscious consumer.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite memory at Carthage so far was attending a smudging ceremony led by two native students. It was a somber, but beautiful moment of true solidarity and support. We were all able to be vulnerable with each other and support one another during an extremely difficult time. I will remember that moment for the rest of my life.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is my dorm room during this past year. I lived in the Oaks and my room faced the lake. It is so relaxing to watch the sunset over the lake. My roommate is also the best!”

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

“My 8-year-old self would definitely be cheering me on and be proud of how far I have come. I think she would say ‘I knew you were capable of this all along!’”

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

“Other students should consider studying Women and Gender Studies because the professors are incredibly supportive and offer their students so many opportunities. I think that they are some of the best people to get to know on campus.”

Why Carthage?

“As a transfer student, I transferred to Carthage my sophomore year because the faculty and staff were so welcoming to me. I could tell they genuinely cared about my success and wellbeing. They are my favorite part about Carthage.”