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Things to do in your Downtime

To say that college is busy is an understatement. You will have your classes, homework, internships, group projects … The list can go on.

But you will also have some downtime. Unlike high school, you won’t be in class all day, every day. The beauty of college? You get to make your own schedule, finding time between classes for studying, homework, and extracurriculars. How should you spend that precious downtime? Here are some ideas:

Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of room for whatever activities you want to do.

Meet people in your residence hall.

In Carthage residence halls, it’s common to see a long hallway of open doors. Students leave their doors open so hallmates can stop by and hang out. Go introduce yourself to your neighbors. Once you get to know people, the options are almost endless. Open Netflix and watch a movie. Connect that second controller to the PS4 and see who’s better at Madden. Head outside and start up a volleyball game (maybe with a T-Rex), or do something like this if you get enough people together.

Explore Kenosha.

We know campus is beautiful (here are a couple thousand reminders), but living on campus entails so much more than what you’ll find on our 80 acres. Living on campus means that Kenosha will be your home for four years and there’s no shortage of things to do. Be careful if you engage in the eternal debate of Big Star vs. The Spot, though. We’re pretty sure friendships have been forever altered depending on what side you pick. (Just kidding … kind of.)

Support the Lady Reds and Red Men.

About a third of Carthage students are involved in athletics. That means a third of your classmates need your vocal cords to get fried by cheering them on. There are 24 NCAA Division III teams on campus, so whether it’s basketball, football, water polo, cross country, lacrosse, or one of the many other sports on campus, there’s almost assuredly a game, match, or meet happening every day.

Attend CAB Events.

Seth Meyers

Yup, he’s been here. So has Dave Chapelle, Dave Matthews, Bob Dylan, and a ton more.

Does this look awesome to you? Of course it does! It’s one of the many events the Carthage Activities Board (CAB) organizes for students. Running into another person encased in a plastic bubble at full speed not your thing? That’s totally cool! CAB shows movies twice a week in the Campbell Student Union Auditorium. They also bring in comedians, musicians, and hypnotists; organize snow tubing trips; run bingo games. You know what? We’re going to stop there because if we listed all the things CAB does, you’d be reading this all day. Instead we’ll just link you to the CAB Facebook page and you check out all the amazing things CAB does there.

Check out the Lake.

Carthage is located on the shore of Lake Michigan, and the lake has the mysterious power to make even mundane things amazing. Reading page after page for class in your residence hall room or in the library can sometimes be a drag. Do it outside on the lake? It magically becomes transcendental. Moving rocks and tree branches in your parents’ backyard can be a tedious chore. On the lake? You’ll do both those things in order to build a fort. Getting up at the crack of dawn on a school day can be the bane of any high school student’s existence. At Carthage, your class may start at 9:30, but you may want to get up before the sun just to check out the amazing sunrises.

Join a Student Org.

Pokemon

How you’ll react when you join Carthage Pokemon League.

Carthage is home to more than 120 student organizations, so there’s definitely one out there that will fit your interest. Love Pokemon? Join Carthage Pokemon League. Love ultimate frisbee? Join Ultimate Frisbee Club. Want to rock out? We have the Metal Music Club. Want to give back to the community? We have a ton of service organizations. Interested in Greek life? We’ve got you covered there too. Check out our list of clubs and you’re sure to find one (or nine) that you belong in.

Explore the Windy and Cream Cities.

Everything above is great, but sometimes you just want to skip town. Luckily there are two major cities a hop, skip, and a jump away. Chicago is a home to world-famous architecture, renowned museums, and top theatre and music events. Not to mention Wrigley Field, home of the World Champion Chicago Cubs. Just hop on the Metra’s Union Pacific/North Line from Kenosha and enjoy America’s third largest city. If Chicago is the “Second City,” consider Milwaukee a close third. Milwaukee is just an hour’s drive north of campus, and offers art, architecture, theatre, concerts, great restaurants, and a variety of summer festivals including SummerFest. 

Nothing.

No, seriously, nothing. The four years at Carthage absolutely fly by. On the academic side, there are papers, exams, labs, theses, and presentations. On the social side, there’s everything we listed above and much, much more. So sometimes you’re just going to want to decompress and that’s totally fine (and even encouraged)! Luckily for you, we have one of the best places on the planet to just … be.

 

 

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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