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Chrissy Loeb ’18

Hometown

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Major(s)

Elementary and Cross-Categorical Special Education

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus would have to be Hedberg Library or the Science Center. There are so many great study spaces that aren’t always crowded or noisy, and you can spread out and get work done in a calm environment with helpful resources at your fingertips.”

Chrissy Loeb knows the benefit of a good education, which is why she chose to study at Carthage and major in elementary and cross-categorical special education.

“Helping students succeed in school is not only beneficial to the students themselves, but it ultimately determines the kind of world we will live in in the future,” she said.

Chrissy was drawn to teaching when she was only 8 years old. “Around that age I had struggled with maintaining focus in school and switching between different medications for ADHD. My second grade teacher was one of the few teachers I had who exercised exemplary patience and kindness with me. I think my 8-year-old self would like the career path I’ve chosen, and would want me to be a role model for students and teachers alike who work with students with special needs.”

In the future, she hopes to work with students in special education or have her own general education classroom.

“[Carthage] is close enough to home where I don’t feel too homesick, the professors are personable and want me to succeed, and the lake is right beside me to remind me what a wonderful school I am a part of.”

Career goal

“After graduating from Carthage, I plan on teaching in a suburban elementary school. With a degree in special education and elementary education, I would love to either work with students in special education or have my own general education classroom.”

Favorite professor

Prof. Dennis Munk is one of my favorite professors I’ve had at Carthage thus far. His class discussions and simulations were very helpful for us to see what the world of education has in store for us, and his kind disposition made class very enjoyable overall. I know he would be more than happy to work with me or answer any questions I may have in the future.

“I also loved having Karen Davis as my professor. Her class was thought-provoking and was great preparation for us as we moved further into the TEP. I am excited to meet more people like her in the world of special education.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been my Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1000) class. Prof. Seymour made the class material fun, realistic, and much more meaningful than words on a page. His approach to sociology overall was very beneficial for me. There’s no better way to discuss learning about the study of human beings than jumping right in with videos, activities, and discussion to bring the topic of life to life.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class at Carthage so far would probably have to be Arts of the Americas (ARH 2710). Even though I had prior knowledge of some Central-American civilizations like the Maya and Inca, learning about specific art styles and types of work was confusing for someone like me who isn’t the best at learning many vocabulary terms at once. Nonetheless, the artwork was beautiful and I learned a lot about the ancient worlds that used to be.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Germany this J-Term and learn about ‘Germany’s Turbulent Times.’ We studied World War II, Martin Luther, and other social topics as we toured the streets of Berlin, Erfurt, Eisenach, Eisleben, and various museums, stores, restaurants, all in good company.”

Scholarships

“While I’m not sure if I’ve received a specific Carthage Scholarship, I do know that I am very grateful to have received multiple grants and monetary awards to make my education at Carthage possible. Any sort of financial aid has helped greatly, and I am beyond thankful for the opportunities I have been able to pursue in attending Carthage College.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of Chapel Choir, Pals & Partners, Alpha Lambda Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Delta Chi, and am a staff member in the Center for Faith and Spirituality. Each day gives me something new to look forward to as I go through the school week, and I am always excited to see where these organizations take me in the meetings to come.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“My favorite memories at Carthage have to do with the wonderful friends that I’ve made here. Like many other incoming students, I was afraid that I would have a hard time making lasting friendships in college. This fear quickly subsided when I met some of my closest friends on campus either through choir, school events, service opportunities, organizations, or otherwise.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“The biggest surprise so far that I’ve encountered is how much harder the workload got after freshman year. While some people have always had a lot on their plates, I became overwhelmed with how much of a difference one or two semesters can have in the fast-paced world of higher education.”

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

“Coincidentally, I was about 8 years old when I began thinking about becoming a teacher. Around that age I had struggled with maintaining focus in school and switching between different medications for ADHD. My second grade teacher was one of the few teachers I had who exercised exemplary patience and kindness with me. I think my 8-year-old self would like the career path I’ve chosen, and would want me to be a role model for students and teachers alike who work with students with special needs.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“Be flexible, and even when things are overwhelming and stressful, keep your eye on the end goal and just breathe. In the end, the work done in education is for the students, and it’s our job to make sure they learn and grow in the best way that we can aid them in doing so. That being said, things may get tricky, but faculty and peers are always here to help. This is something especially important to keep in mind because collaboration is key and plans (lesson-wise or not) are always changing, sometimes moments before they need to be presented.”

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