Rebecca Payne

Class Year

’14

Hometown

Skokie, Ill.

Major(s)

Religion

Minor(s)

Classics

Even as a freshman, Rebecca Payne dived into everything Carthage has to offer. She declared her major, joined numerous clubs, and signed up for a J-Term study tour.

Rebecca chose to come to Carthage because “I liked its small size, liberal arts education, and the Lutheran affiliation,” she said.

She decided to to study religion because it will help prepare her for seminary. “I liked the variety available in the religion courses,” Rebecca said. “The flexibility in the Religion Department is definitely a plus.”

She also likes that the Religion Department allows students to study many religions. “Just because Carthage is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) doesn’t mean you just learn about Christianity,” she said. “The Religion Department offers a diverse education about all the major religions.”

One unforgettable experience was the J-Term study tour she took to Germany and Poland to study the Holocaust. She’s also in the Carthage Treble Choir, Gospel Messengers, and Geography Club, and climbs the rock wall in the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center regularly.

Rebecca has many goals for the future. She would like to study in the U.K. her junior year. Her goal is to “travel around Europe to see important locations in Western religious history,” she explained. After graduation she plans to become a Lutheran pastor.

“I love making new friends, and I’ve done that a lot. The way Carthage is organized, it’s really easy to meet people from other grades, not just your own.”

Rebecca Payne, ’14

Career goal

“To become a Lutheran pastor.”

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

“I really like Professor Maczka. His Understandings of Religion class is really interesting. He comprehensively present the material and it’s fun, too.”

Favorite class

“I loved my Western Heritage class. There were only nine people in my class and we had amazing discussions.”

Toughest class

“My hardest class was Latin. I forgot how difficult it is to learn a new language — especially a dead one.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I love making new friends, and I’ve done that a lot. The way Carthage is organized, it’s really easy to meet people from other grades, not just your own.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite place on campus? Einstein’s! I go there every day, not just to eat, but to sit there and do my homework.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I didn’t realize how much of the College was involved in Greek life, but they’re not exclusive at all. I hang out with people from multiple Greek organizations.”