These are photos from the MyCarthage Instagram account, an account completely controlled by a different Carthage student each week. The students’ only direction is to document their everyday lives and have fun. Check back on Mondays to see photos from the previous week. Can’t wait a week? Then just follow the account!
Makenzie Cool ’19
July 2 to 9, 2018
Hi there friends! My name is Makenzie Cool and I will be a senior this fall, double majoring in Art History and Classical Studies. I’ve been spending my summer here in Kenosha, but this week I’m taking you guys along on vacation with me! I’m gonna keep my destination a secret for a while first.
Y’all guessed right! My grandma and I are heading to Alaska for a few weeks! I’ll be there for 2 1/2 weeks and she is gonna be staying for a month. We’re going to be visiting family and sightseeing.
Last night we landed here and there is currently 19 hour daylight! (We’re not far enough north for 24 hours). There was even midnight fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July, even though it was still light out!
took a lovely scenic drive out after lunch today to see some Mountain views! It’s been 80 all week which is super rare of Alaska, and my family that lives here is not used to the heat at all.
Went for another drive yesterday up through Hatcher Pass, following the river through one-lane mountain roads. It was beautiful! We also visited a gold-rush era mine that has been restored!
Alright guys well I hope you enjoyed my week in Alaska! Here are a few more pictures from mountains yesterday in Seward. My grandma also wanted to say thank you for coming along on this trip with us, she’s at the end of the pics for ya. If you want to see more pics from Alaska, as I’m here for another week and a half, you can mosey on over to my own Instagram (@makenzie_cool) to see what I have in store! Enjoy the rest of your summer
Ashlee Trotter ’19
June 25 to July 2, 2018
One of the best parts of this internship is the people! Here’s a picture of me with my roommate, Paige and our “honorary roommate”, Shalani.
Today we visited the super computer that is located at USC! Though we weren’t allowed to take pictures, seeing all of the systems was very cool! (Though I don’t know much about computers, so I didn’t know half of what they were talking about lol) And don’t worry, I wore my Carthage shirt to the tour to represent our amazing school!
The best part of California is all of the different restaurants that there are that we don’t have in Wisconsin. In-N-Out is a place I’ve heard about for years and I finally got to go to one today!
What do I do at my internship? Map earthquakes of course! Here’s a work-in-progress map of the damage that occurred in the Landers Earthquake. Next week my team will start working on simulated earthquakes!
Thanks for following my week on insta! Today my boyfriend and I hiked up above the Hollywood Sign. The view was fantastic! If you want to keep up to date on the rest of my summer in LA, follow me at @ashleerenee21 (shameless plug).
Megan Maurer ’19
June 18 to 25, 2018
ey guys! My name is Megan Maurer and I’m going to be a senior this coming fall double majoring in Public Relations and Communications! I’m born and raised in Kenosha, WI but I’m spending my summer here in Austin, TX for an internship! Today is also my 21st birthday. I can’t wait to show you guys around this week!!
So while celebrating my birthday I got to grab lunch at my internships flagship restaurant right on SoCo(south congress)! It’s their first restaurant opening back in 2010 and now they have over 20 locations!! I’m working here as a marketing intern for the summer and have the wonderful opportunity to plan events at some of their locations as well as gain a lot of exposure with different parts of the team. Here’s a variety of photos from South Congress as well as the office on the river downtown!
It’s pretty dark and stormy here today but here’s some photos I’ve taken on my daily walks! (The last photo showcasing the average temperature it’s been at 7pm) I’m living in the hills side of Austin which is beautiful to drive and walk through! There’s lots of trails that I like to go on but sometimes it’s nice walking through the neighborhood (where I see all these cute flowers) Austin has a great climate for growing all sorts of stuff so I like to stop and take photos of it sometimes while I’m out.
One thing I love about Austin is all of the art there is to see! These are just a few examples of the hundreds of different art walls / graffiti/ and displays in the area to see. Businesses will actually pay people here to put graffiti on their walls because of how popular it is here.
Morning! This is finch, finch the dood. He’s a 4 month golden doodle that I have the amazing privilege of spending my summer with while staying at my aunt and uncles in Texas. He’s recovering from puppy strangles but he’s almost off of his steroids now and definitely has his puppy energy again! Finch likes : licking your toes , tennis balls , his hot dog toy , beef jerky , running around with your shoes , barking at nothing , and greeting you at the door every morning.
Gotta love all the live music they have here in Austin! There’s constant free shows and cheap admission shows to see different concerts of different music every night here.
Since I’ll be downtown tomorrow I decided to explore a little town out in the hillside of Austin! It’s called Marble Falls where many people like to explore caves, parks, paddle board, and sit out on a boat! There’s tons of old small towns around here and there’s lots of history to be learned about while I’m here. Fun fact, in Texas grade school students take years of classes on Texas History because there’s so much that’s happened here.
My sweet aunt and I at the classic “I love you so much” wall down Congress!
One thing I really miss in Kenosha is the farmers market there downtown every Saturday. Thankfully there’s a couple to choose from here in Austin! There’s a little one only a couple of minutes from where I’m staying and it was a lot of fun! They had Fredericksburg peaches (the best), breakfast tacos, food trucks, live music, and my new favorite- kombucha! They had there’s on tap and after some sampling I went with their pineapple. There’s lots of benefits to kombucha and it doesn’t hurt to support local businesses
Loved checking out Magnolia farm a couple of weeks ago when I drove down here for the summer! If anyone knows Fixer Upper from HGTV you’ll know this is Chip and Joanna Gaines market! That’s it for my week though, thanks for following me in Austin y’all , follow my personal account @meganmaurer18 to see more Austin fun this summer
Alyssa Dowell ’20
June 11 to 18, 2018
Hello everyone! My name is Alyssa Dowell, I am a rising junior at Carthage majoring in Elementary Education and Cross-Categorical Special Education! Get excited to see a sneak peek of my life
FUN FACT: my little brother’s science class hatched chickens, so we adopted them! Three days later we got about twenty more chickens. These are our newest chicks, we call them the twins. Total number of chickens: 26
One of the reasons that lead me to attend Carthage is that my grandpa and great great grandpa studied at Carthage! My great great grandpa graduated from Carthage in 1899, my grandpa graduated in 1950 as class president with a degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics! I’m following in his footsteps in becoming a teacher!
Had a great time hanging out at the local airport! Love having picnics and watching the planes on sunny days
Had a great day hitting up the crystal lake classics! Got some ice cream at the freeze and rented some boats at main beach
What a berry filled day! Picked 10 pounds of strawberries, then make some strawberry lemonade
Congratulations to all the in coming freshman heading to Carthage in the fall! This is Katelyn, she’s excited to run cross country & track and to start her Carthage journey!
Amanda Nowak ’18
June 4 to 11, 2018
Hi everyone! My name is Amanda Nowak, and I just graduated from Carthage last Sunday! For the next week, my friend and I are going to be exploring the beautiful country of Iceland. Earlier today, as seen in this picture, I got to experience the Blue Lagoon; a geothermal spa in a lava field about 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik. Included in our admission was a silica mud mask, which is said to do wonders for the skin! I’m looking forward to sharing my week with you all
The colorful streets of Reykjavik. Fun fact: because Iceland is so far north, the sun is out almost 24/7 this time of year…seriously! This photo was taken at 10 pm and sunset isn’t scheduled until 11:30 pm. Sunrise is scheduled for 3:18 am. Crazy, right?
Iceland is unreal. Today, we took a day tour of the Golden Circle. We started at Pingvellir National Park, where the divide between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates is located. Then, we went to Gulfoss, a massive waterfall, and then to Geysir, a (you guessed it) geysir that goes off approximately every 8 minutes. After taking in these spectacular views, we stopped at another beautiful waterfall, and toured a church. I’m absolutely blown away by how much Iceland has to offer
The coffee is amazing here in Iceland! We found this cute little crepe shop that has crepes (obviously), ice cream, and various coffee beverages. I think this might be my favorite little coffee shop in Reykjavik
Today we visited Hallgrimskirkja - a church located in central Reykjavik. For $9, you can take an elevator to the top of the tower and soak in the stunning views of the city. No picture I post could do it justice
Good afternoon from Reykjavik! Today we got to walk through an ice cave (needless to say it was VERY cold - my friend and I were wearing about four layers!), it was really cool. We’re now at Perlan, which is an observatory and museum. We got to learn a lot about Iceland’s natural history, I think my favorite part was learning about Iceland’s glaciers…it’s a lot more interesting than you might think! Now we’re just enjoying some coffee at a cafe on the top floor of Perlan
Today we are in southern Iceland. Pretty gloomy and misty as you can see but amazing nonetheless! We are about 2 hours outside of Reykjavik on the south coast of Iceland, which is a famous filming location for several movies, music videos, and tv shows (including Game of Thrones). Our first stop was Skógafoss waterfall, it was very cold (and wet)! Next we went to a glacier that was about 20 minutes from Skógafoss. All that water that you see in the picture that looks like a lake, is actually water that has melted from the glacier. Next we went to a city called Vìk to have lunch, and then visited the black sand beach. The waters are not only cold, but extremely dangerous, so we had to keep a certain distance from the shoreline. The black sand that covers the ground is volcanic ash! It was a cold and windy day, but I’m so glad we experienced even more of Iceland’s magnificence
Soup is very popular in Iceland, and tonight I had my first cup of soup! I tried the lamb soup, and my friend had the tomato soup, both were amazing! A cup of soup and bread may not look like a lot, but it was very filling. We will definitely be coming back to this little restaurant before the end of our trip
Today someone asked me if I was from Norway, because I look very Scandinavian (blonde hair, fair skin, blue eyes). I told them that I am of Norwegian ancestry, and we had a conversation about how their ancestors are also from Norway, and that they emigrated to Iceland. This is one of my favorite parts of traveling; hearing stories from people around the world and finding similarities
One of my favorite memories from our Iceland trip: a couple of nights ago, the woman on the left spent the night in our hostel room, because she had a layover on her way to Boston. She is from Belgium, but originally from China. Her and I had a really nice conversation, and I mentioned to her that I used to take Mandarin Chinese when I was younger, but have forgotten a lot of it since then. I spoke a few (very basic) sentences in Mandarin to her, and she told me I should take up Mandarin again, because my pronunciation is very good. It was something so little as that moment that really brightened my trip. I hope you enjoyed following my week in Iceland as much as I enjoyed documenting it! If you’d like to keep up with me, my personal Instagram is @amandan_96 , and I’d love to follow you back!
Emily Tews ’20 and Sam Johnson ’20
May 29 to June 4, 2018
Hello everyone! My name is Emily Tews and I will be co-running this page with Sam Johnson. We are both working at the same summer camp- this is my 3rd year and her 1st. Can’t wait to share all the goofy shenanigans we get into! :)
Part of being the waterfront staff means that the lake is our home even when that means helping out capsized canoes for T Rescues!
Headed to all staff training in a van that is full of Carthage (red) spirit!
Here is a post with our whole staff! Our staff is ready for campers! Thanks for letting us share our week #CarthageForever