Jordan Lillybridge ’17 chose Carthage for three reasons: the small school feel, the opportunity for professors to get to know him, and the location which resembles his neighborhood in Hyde Park near Chicago.
At Carthage, Jordan is majoring in geospatial science in hopes of becoming a renewable consultant after graduation.
“Geospatial science gives students an opportunity to be as flexible as possible with all things relating our ecosystems,” he said. “From sustainability to climatology, Carthage gives you an opportunity to learn about everything. Coming into Carthage, I had a passion for weather. Being here for almost four years, I have found another passion, which is renewable energy.”
“In a perfect world, I would be hired to be a renewable consultant right after graduation. Right now, I am weighing my options on grad school to build my consulting background.”
“All of my professors, including the ones who taught hard classes, have been enjoyable and have challenged me academically. The two professors who stand out to me are Professor Eric Pullin and Professor Matthew Zorn. These two will definitely make you want to come to class not only to learn, but to be blessed by their spontaneous teaching techniques.”
“I may regret saying this because I’m not done with my senior thesis yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I get a chance to do a project on something that I have passion on. Senior Seminar (GEO 4000) should be interesting.”
“For me, Introduction to Computing (CSC 1100) was tough. You are literally learning another language, except its on your computer. The fulfilling part is once you get a grasp of it, it becomes fun.”
“I had an opportunity to intern with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency of Planning. Check out my link to my summary of the internship.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“In January I will have the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua for a study abroad trip with the Geospatial Science Department.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“Freshman year as a whole was one of my favorite times at Carthage. Every year brings something new for me to enjoy and explore.”
Biggest surprise so far?
“Carthage is very upbeat and happy for the most part. I’ve had some tough classes, but the teachers were always there to help.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“My 8-year-old self would be very proud. I often take a step back during the week and count my blessings.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“I would say be open-minded and ask questions. I can honestly say every professor in our department is motivating and enjoyable in the class. I think the other cool thing all of our professors do is email internship and job opportunities constantly so there is no reason you shouldn’t have an opportunity to get the job.”