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The Carthage Advantage

Embrace Your Impatience

Why sit around “paying your dues” for a year or two, when you can dive in right away? Wherever your interests lie, Carthage gives you the freedom to get your feet wet soon after moving in.

Immediately, as a freshman, John Nykyforuk ’21 got to conduct genomics experiments that could shed light on potential medical treatments. That’s the heart of a unique introductory course for majors in the life sciences — the only one of its kind in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas.

John, a biology major (pre-health focus) from Calgary, Alberta, and his classmates used electron microscopes that larger universities keep off limits until grad school. The next summer, he presented the group’s findings at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Virginia.

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Let’s be honest: Patience is overrated. So leave it at home.

“We approach education with a sense of urgency,” said Nick Mulvey ’02, vice president for enrollment. “While some schools put up artificial barriers making undergraduates ‘pay their dues’ in busywork, Carthage offers students a full four years of active learning.”

Early opportunities translate to more value for your tuition dollars. And they’re easy to spot at Carthage.

They’re visible in the Teacher Education Program.

Thanks to a new $150,000 grant from the Siebert Lutheran Foundation, Carthage is creating a robus...In the first semester of the program, aspiring teachers spend time in area classrooms to observe and support working educators and their students. By year two, they’re leading small-group activities.

Those in the Urban Teacher Preparation Program take it a step further, accumulating about 450 hours in elementary schools even before starting the student teaching assignment.

They’re visible in the fine arts.

After wrapping up her first year at Carthage, you could say Isabelle Esquivel ’22 did something exciting over summer break. The music theatre and music education major from Wauconda, Illinois, sang with the Carthage Choir as it won an international choral competition in Austria.

More than 200 arts and performance events are held on campus each year, leaving plenty of options to practice your craft or just continue a passion.

They’re visible during J-Term.

One month each year, freshmen are king. When registering for J-Term, they get first pick from the on-campus course list. Most choose to stick around — but that’s certainly not an order.

Captivated by the faculty-led study tours that make Carthage No. 5 in the nation for short-term study abroad, some students jump at the chance. Shane Hendrickson ’22 traveled to Guatemala and Allie Ostaneda ’22 went to Spain, both to improve their language skills.

“It was an amazing experience,” Allie said. “My passion for the Spanish language and culture grew, in addition to being able to see the world and use my Spanish to communicate and form new relationships.”

They’re visible in extracurricular activities.

Carthage students are known for their lengthy email signatures, listing a variety of campus activities. Evan Blievernicht ’22, a finance and international political economy major from Teutopolis, Illinois, wasted no time building his list.

The 2019 Emerging Leaders Retreat was held in East Troy, Wisconsin.He got elected to Student Government, took on roles with the Carthage Activities Board and Residence Life Council, and served on the Swenson Residence Hall executive board. To top it off, he participated in an Emerging Leaders Retreat.

More often, students ramp up their participation. Entering 2019-20, all five officers for the CAB — the group that plans most campus-wide entertainment events — were sophomores.

They’re visible IN THE LAB.

Want a cool summer job? From 2017 through 2019, a total of 22 Carthage students devoted the break between their freshman and sophomore years to original research — and got paid for it — through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.

Projects have focused on the play habits of gibbons, digital watermarking, the financial impact of green campus initiatives, and multiple lines of NASA-affiliated research. The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, part of a NASA-funded network, is headquartered at Carthage.

they’re visible on the stat sheet.

Remember John, the biology researcher? He also earned a spot on Carthage’s NCAA Division III men’s tennis team that first year, competing in both singles and doubles.

Jordyn Bloode ’22 acclimated to the pool just as quickly. She placed second in the 1,650-yard freestyle race at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin women’s swimming and diving meet, helping the Lady Reds repeat as conference champs. 

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Sure, in many cases, there’s competition. As an underclassman, you need to earn those big breaks. But Carthage will give you a fair shot.

“My advice to upcoming freshmen would be to simply be yourself,” said Oscar Burns ’22, a communication and marketing major from Las Vegas. “Grow and mature into yourself, and don’t be afraid to embrace challenges and experiences, because that is what you’re here for.”