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Accounting and Finance

Student Voices

John Morton ’16

Hometown

Wilmette, Ill.

Major(s)

Finance

Minor(s)

Chemistry and Spanish

Favorite spot on campus

“I love Einsteins. It’s a perfect blend of both a place to study and a great spot to socialize with friends. Plus, the food is amazing.”

With hopes to use his financial skills and leadership abilities to help a globally minded business after Carthage, John Morton is majoring in finance and taking advantage of some of the many opportunities the College has to offer.

“I’ve had amazing experiences at Carthage,” says John. Some of these experiences include going on a J-Term trip to South Africa, becoming involved in Delta Upsilon, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Enactus, Omicron Delta Kappa, and most recently being named president of Student Government. John also had an internship at Cultivian Sandbox Industries where he analyzed data regarding enterprises the company was interested in pursuing.

“Carthage has allowed me to pursue an excellent education while participating in athletics and being a leader on campus. Since there are a lot of finance majors, I found things to differentiate myself, and would advise other students to do the same whether it be picking up another major or minor, or finding an organization or team to pour yourself into.”

Career goal

“I would like to work with a globally minded business and use my financial skills and leadership abilities to help that company, and the people I interact, with succeed.”

Favorite professor

Professor Kevin Morris was one of the most impactful instructors that I’ve experienced at Carthage. I took his Chemistry 1010 and 1020 classes freshman year. Ultimately, my learning experiences during those courses led me to minor in chemistry. He truly cares about his students, and wants them to enjoy and understand chemistry.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class has actually been my second semester Western Heritage class. I enjoyed reading the classics that contributed to modern thought and loved the class discussions afterward. My professor was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the literature, but also transferred our readings and inspirational discussions to our lives in very applicable ways.”

Toughest class

Biochemistry has been my hardest class. This was partially because, as only a chemistry minor, I had very little biology background. It’s also one of the hardest classes at Carthage to begin with! However, while difficult, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the chemistry of life. The class was very rewarding.”

Internships

“Last summer I worked as an intern at Cultivian Sandbox Industries, a venture capital firm in downtown Chicago that focuses its investments in the agriculture and food technology industries. My responsibilities included entering and analyzing data regarding enterprises that Cultivian was interested in pursuing as investment opportunities. These start-ups develop innovative products in areas such as crop production, biotechnology, animal health, food safety, cleantech and renewables, protein production, and water technology. It was an amazing experience!”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I’ve had amazing experiences here at Carthage. Among them was my trip to South Africa during J-Term 2015. The purpose of the trip was to learn about the economic development of South Africa. We saw firsthand how race, politics, and history have influenced the economic growth of the country by visiting Johannesburg, Cape Town, and many vibrant cities in-between. It was a very educational trip, but we also had a lot of fun! We went on a safari, swam with penguins, climbed mountains, and interacted with the beautiful people of South Africa. It was an experience I’ll never forget!”

Campus involvement

“I am involved with Student Government, Delta Upsilon, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Enactus, and Omicron Delta Kappa, among others. One of my most passionate extracurricular involvements is with Student Government. I love pouring my time and energy into causes and initiatives that positively benefit fellow students on campus. It has been one of my favorite experiences thus far, and I am very excited to continue having an active role in student life enhancement as president of the student body next year.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“Honestly, some of my favorite memories come simply from the time I spend with my closest friends. I especially love spending time outside with them swimming in the lake or playing football on the beach.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“The biggest surprise is how inviting and friendly this school truly is. It is a close-knit family of people learning and growing together.”

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

“My 8-year-old self loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian. So, if I told him I was a finance major, he probably wouldn’t be impressed. I think he might give me a high five for being the student body vice president though.”

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