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Jade Eckert ’17

Hometown

Racine, Wisconsin

Major(s)

French, Finance

Favorite spot on campus

“One of my favorite spots on campus has to be the tables in Lentz Hall by the big window overlooking the lake. I am amazed at the view from that window; I am able to really focus there because it always has a calming, quiet feeling to it.”

Jade Eckert chose to attend Carthage for a variety of reasons. “I chose Carthage because of the guarantee of smaller class sizes. The small student-to-professor ratio allows for students to easily connect with professors and the subject area of the class, whether it is during a simple class discussion, or getting extra help outside of class,” she said. “Another reason I chose Carthage is because of the great things I heard about the French language department and the professors. Lastly, I chose Carthage because it was close to home and my ballet studio. I can easily continue studying ballet and continue my friendships there.”

Jade is excited to explore classes in two different areas of study during her time at Carthage. “Double majoring in business and French, or another foreign language, opens many doors in the business world in terms of companies that work internationally and seek employees with proficiency in other languages.”

Career goal

“After I graduate from Carthage, I hope to go on and earn a master’s degree. I am not sure of an exact career goal, however, I am generally hoping to become part of a company in which I can easily incorporate both of my majors. Perhaps that would include working for an international company.”

Favorite professor

“I have multiple professors who have made an impact on my Carthage career. The first two would have to be Professor Pascal Rollet and Professor Isabel Rivero-Villa. I feel that I have learned and improved so much from them in just my first two semesters at Carthage. They’ve both opened my eyes to many ways in which you can expand your knowledge of the French language, and they challenge their students and provide great opportunities for us to succeed. The next two professors who have had an impact on me are Professor Victoria Montanaro and Professor Colleen O’Brien. They have both been great mentors in helping me confirm and continue with my major in finance.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class so far at Carthage was the French class I took my first semester at here, French Speaking World: Social Political, and Economic Issues. I enjoyed learning about France, as well as Senegal and Quebec. This class challenged me in all areas of learning a language, especially speaking. Completing my first 8- to 10-minute speech in French about my research paper for our final project was an accomplishment.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class would also have to be French Speaking World: Social Political, and Economic Issues. Again, it really challenged me in all areas of learning a language. I realized that I had already experienced everything in terms of speaking, reading, and writing, however, I had never experienced it in such huge amounts. It was my first French class where grammar was not a major part of class; I had to quickly put all my acquired skills to use. Although I enjoyed learning about three different countries, it was difficult to clearly understand the different social, political, and economical structures of France, Senegal, and Quebec.”

Internships

“I am currently doing my first internship with a company called Conntek Integrated Solutions. Even though I am assisting with basic office work and working with their two main systems of data entry, it is surprising how much I have learned. My Excel skills from my business courses at Carthage have definitely come into use as well. The most exciting part of the internship so far has been assisting with several French translations for instructions and warnings for their products because the company does work internationally.”

Campus involvement

“The one club that I have dedicated some time to is French Club. I enjoyed attending the meetings and French lunch tables. I also liked helping with other club activities, such as Family Fun Night and our trip to Milwaukee to explore the Third Ward and eat at Coquette Cafe. I was elected French Club president for the 2014-2015 school year, so I am eager to be involved in French Club again.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“One of my favorite Carthage memories has to be when French Club took a trip to Milwaukee to explore the Third Ward and eat at Coquette Cafe. It was something different to do outside of the classroom and regular club meetings. I hope to carry activities like this into the upcoming year as French Club president.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“The biggest surprise so far has been how easy it has been to talk to professors, whether it is about regular class assignments, extra work you are completing for the class, or for help with material that you do not understand. Coming from a very small high school, I was impressed with the guarantee of small class sizes, as well as the easy connections with professors at Carthage.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“My 8-year-old self would probably wonder Why French, and even more, why finance? Multiplication is hard enough right now! I really never expected that taking my first French class in fifth grade would take me to working toward a major in French.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“Advice that I would give to other students considering majoring in finance and/or French would be to just stick with it. You may have some seemingly challenging classes in the beginning of your Carthage career because the material is all new, especially if you have had no business classes previously. Work hard and push through those challenging areas because you will find that you have learned so much in the end.”

Writer

Haley Meents ’15
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