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Prospective Students


Hometown: Stone Bank, Wis., and Akron, Ohio
Class Year: 2014
Major: Professional Writing
Minor: Political Science
Involvements: President of the Carroll University Honors Council, Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory Scholar
Interests: writing poetry, biking, composing electronic music


December 4, 2013
Tips for Future Commuters

The life of a college commuter student depends entirely upon the length of the commute, class schedule and season. This is my second year as a Carroll commuter. Let me share why commuting is not synonymous with challenging.

Although I am unfamiliar with Waukesha public transportation, the clear advantages include extra time to study, no parking stress and zero car maintenance. Potential commuters should test the option of public transportation if locally available. Compare the average commuting bus time to that of driving directly to and from Carroll.

With the new course structure established this fall, more courses within the same discipline are offered around the same hours of the day, which lends consistency to most agendas. For example, the majority of my spring courses will be between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you work off campus or have an internship, this convenience reduces waiting time between classes and the number of times you might need to find parking. 

Did a summer internship in Illinois, complete with construction season and a daily three hour commute, bolster my driving tolerance? Sure. Will commuting ultimately reduce time for work or study? Somewhat. Still, driving with enjoyable music, talk radio or an audio book can be relaxing and allow for reflection.

If you are considering life as a commuter, consider all the options. Do you love life at home? Is it truly affordable? Will you regret not having the opportunity to live on campus? Above all, know that the life of commuter is not one of isolation or constant irritation.

November 25, 2013
What Thanksgiving means to college students

Thanks to President Lincoln, Americans have a socially permissible occasion to stuff ourselves with crisped poultry, baked sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish and enough carbohydrates to sustain Wisconsin winter hibernation. It is a time to be thankful for time; time to write papers and finish projects, of course!

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving repeatedly marks the encroaching end to Carroll’s fall semester. The short break is ideal for college students to drag laundry home, intake enough brain food to survive finals and catch up with readings and papers—not that college students would ever procrastinate. For many students, a chance to be surrounded by loved ones offers mental fortification before returning for academic combat.  

Maybe Honest Abe foresaw the hectic schedules of higher institutional learning. While I will not partake in the traditional turkey, I will be thankful. After all, I get to look forward to next year’s Gobble Day when I can enjoy a work free holiday.

November 19, 2013
Carroll’s Theater Program

The Carroll Players, the oldest active student theater organization in Wisconsin, will perform the musical “Spring Awakening” this Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23. Based on the controversial coming-of-age German play “Spring’s Awakening” by Frank Wedekind, this show is directed by sophomore Ryan Albrechtson and features a student production staff.

Each year, students with non-theatre arts majors participate in the Carroll Players performances. From cast to crew, this show highlights the diverse talent of Carroll’s student body. In particular, members include a senior biology major destined for med school and a junior Honors psychology major. So why is a diverse company an advantage?

An open audition process allows individuals with or without previous theater experience to grace a college stage. Keys to success include teamwork, public speaking skills and confidence. The inclusive Carroll Players attitude allows any eager student to polish these attributes while making a company of new friends and learning the artistry of theater. A student might realize a talent or discover a career in an otherwise unexplored field.

Shows are always free to students with an ID. Come see “Spring Awakening” this weekend and support the Carroll Players!

November 14, 2013
Discovering New Orleans at the National Collegiate Honors Conference

As the Carroll University Honors Council president, I attended the 2013 National Collegiate Honors Conference in New Orleans, Nov. 6-9, 2013. The annual conference permits Honors students, faculty and administrators to discuss how to improve Honors Programs and present scholarly projects. With two accomplished professors and the Honors Council treasurer Jordyn Herzog, I relished the generous opportunity to learn from Honors colleagues across the country and discover New Orleans.

Among the hundreds of university members in attendance, we each encountered Honors representatives ripe with ideas, many of which stemmed beyond one’s discipline. Perhaps the best example is a film masters session in which none of the presenters had previous film experience. Pre-med students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham crafted an hour and a half video comparing U.S. segregation during the 1960s with that of South Africa’s apartheid. This interdisciplinary showcase reflects the nationwide diversity of Honors course offerings, which ultimately propels inventiveness and increases appreciation for other fields.

Beyond the conference center reflecting views of Canal Street, our foursome explored the rich cultural heritage of the French Quarter and Garden District. We took a historical ghost tour, slurped oysters and chicory coffee; we listened to jazz and devoured beignets—a funnel cake like dessert the locals simply deem “donuts.” The entire city radiated post-Katrina resiliency. Strangers’ smiles, cozy trolley rides and the “to-go” restaurant signs juxtaposed against the leisurely pace of life left me entranced.

I was also instilled with Pioneer pride. Carroll values its Honors Program and fosters cross-cultural experiences for its students. The trip opened my eyes to the usefulness of the new cross-cultural course requirement. Thank you, Carroll, for providing this enriching experience.  

November 4, 2013
Prepare for Takeoff

Thanks to Carroll’s sponsorship and encouragement of the Honors Program, I will attend the National Collegiate Honors Conference in New Orleans this week. The Honors Council treasurer and two professors who oversee Honors Program development also will attend. Together, we will interact with students from across the nation to gather information and inspiration. As we bask in the warm weather, we will also have the opportunity to explore the historic city.

The trip reflects Carroll’s initiative to connect to other universities, support of on-campus organizations and a generous spirit. Watch for the next post to highlight our activities.

October 28, 2013
An Official Writing Lab Welcome

Carroll’s Writing Lab is located in a historic home at the heart of campus, and includes offices for English faculty who teach writing, a room with collaborative technology for group projects, and space for students to work with peer tutors.

On Friday, Oct. 25, all faculty and students were invited to a meet and greet at the Writing Lab, including food and a discussion about the difficulty of getting published. The session included how writers can get information and resources to help compose pitch letters, find and contact editors, and prepare proposals for an agent.

All with an interest in the written word are invited to come to these monthly Writing Lab meetings, which will host rotating topic discussions led by professional writing professors. The next event will discuss literary magazines and how to choose the best place for differing submission types on Friday, Nov. 15.

October 15, 2013
The Honors Program

The Carroll University Honors Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging, yet innovative courses beyond their discipline. Incoming and second-semester freshmen are invited to apply because of their notable academic success. This program gives its members priority course registration, access to special on-campus events and the chance to shape the program itself through the Honors Council.

Why apply? A valuable benefit of joining the Honors program is belonging to a community of driven students. Also, while Carroll boasts small class sizes, Honors courses are even more intimate. A class of fewer than 10 students permits engaging discussions and additional time to get to know instructors. Previous courses have included Introduction to Electronic Music, History of the Peloponnesian War and Postcolonial Literature.

Ultimately, the Honors Program offers distinction to students motivated to succeed and who are invested in the liberal arts tradition. For more information, visit the Carroll University Honors Council page on Facebook or

October 7, 2013
The Learning Commons

Carroll offers academic support in the Learning Commons, part of the Todd Wehr Memorial Library. The LC provides subject tutoring and supplemental instruction for challenging courses within mathematics, the sciences and foreign languages. Subject tutoring is convenient, individual peer assistance. Supplemental instruction is led by a student who has mastered a specific course’s material. SI leaders facilitate regularly and review difficult concepts within a group setting.

The LC also houses the Writing Center and Career Services. Writing assistants offer 30-minute sessions to help with any stage in the writing process. Regardless of discipline, students may walk-in or make an appointment online for support brainstorming, revising theses, citing sources and more. For job interview guidance or advice on preparing resumes and cover letters, students can take advantage of Career Services.

Students may also check out Mac or PC laptops or iPads, and reserve a white board for group study sessions. Two new private rooms offer collaborative technology for group projects. The LC serves as a relaxed atmosphere for study and the occasional break. For more details, visit

September 30, 2013
Get Involved on Campus

Each year, Carroll student organizations continue or are newly established. Whether focused on academics, special interests, diversity, Greek life or advocacy, groups bring campus to life. Org. membership provides a sense of purpose outside the classroom. Interested in literature and art? Try Century Magazine. Passionate about fighting local to global inequality? Try the Social Justice Club.

It requires skillful planning to find balance amid coursework, an org., and a job. As a commuter or first-year student, it can be especially intimidating. Still, university presents an opportunity for academic and personal growth. Invaluable connections and networking opportunities may surface by joining peers with a similar interest or goal. Gain scholarship awareness or learn about others’ internship experiences. Meet a future business partner or make a family of friends.

Discover a way to participate today; Explore Carroll's offerings.

Don’t see the right fit? Don’t fret! Carroll welcomes students to create new orgs.

September 23, 2013

During summer 2013, I had the opportunity to work with Dr. John Garrison, assistant professor of English, to complete a Pioneer Scholarship. The Pioneer Scholars program allows students to research an area of interest within their given discipline with the guidance of a Carroll faculty mentor. In addition to the independent and in-depth research process similar to graduate studies, other advantages include exploring the range of a discipline and learning from other Pioneer Scholars’ research.

Ten projects received approval out of approximately 30 submitted proposals. Other winning 2013 projects addressed topics such as the art of fashion photography, the role of American Indians at Chicago’s 1933 international exposition, and the effects of BPA on ovarian follicle maturation in perinatal rats.

Project participants not only receive compensation, but teams can apply for additional funding to cover relevant travel expenses. For example, Dr. Kelly O’Reilly, assistant professor of political science and global studies, and Kali Marcino ’14 conducted research in Guatemala to examine recent genocide prosecutions.

My project, “Writing Poetry, Midwest: A Study of Sherwood Anderson’s Poetics and Regional Voice,” entailed researching Ohio native and writer Sherwood Anderson. By digesting numerous literary texts, leading thoughtful discussions and engaging in the Midwestern poetry tradition, I gained a better understanding of regionalism. Ultimately, I composed a poetry collection and now seek publication in literary magazines like “The Mid-American Review” and “Sixfold.”

I recommend students take advantage of the generous Pioneer Scholars opportunity after completing their second or third year at Carroll. Students, think about a professor within your major that continually fascinates. Approach him or her with an idea you want to explore. It may lead to an enlightening summer.

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