“My first year at Carthage has been more wonderful than I ever could have imagined,” says Corey Riedl, a double major in music and theatre performance.
“I’ve been given opportunities left and right, I’ve made incredible friends that I know will last a lifetime, and I’ve learned and grown so much from just a few months ago. I really couldn’t ask for a better first year.
“Everything I’ve gained has made the insane 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily schedules completely worth it,” she continues. “Adjusting to college life was much easier than I expected. It takes a lot of responsibility and time management, but connecting with some upperclassmen really helped make it a smooth transition. The hardest part has probably been the fact that I don’t have my dogs with me on campus, but most of the time I’m too busy to miss them!”
“To become a professional actress.”
“Acting II or Music Theory.”
Opportunities at Carthage
Favorite moments at Carthage
“The Carthage Choir tour, the J-Term study tour to Hungary and the Czech Republic, ‘The Inn’ and late night pizza in the Union.”
Biggest surprise so far?
“How friendly everyone is. Everyone is approachable, no matter what age or major/minor. Even the professors are extremely personable and great people to chat with. The people here are incredibly open to meeting new people and making friends.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“When I was 8, I wanted to be a marine biologist so I could swim with dolphins every day. If little Corey knew that someday that love of dolphins would be replaced with a love of Shakespeare, she’d probably say ‘That’s cool. When you’re a famous actress, you’ll have enough money to buy your own dolphins!’”
Advice for other students considering your major
“Be prepared for a lot of hard work, late nights, crazy schedules, and the most rewarding feeling in the world when it all pays off. And always remember to ‘Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.’”