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Dani Rodriguez ’19


Palatine, Illinois




Political Science and Gender Studies

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the Campbell Student Union. It’s a great place to socialize and study. I find myself spending most of my time there.”

When asked why Dani Rodriquez chose to attend Carthage, she said it was because of the possibilities she was given when it came to what she wanted to study. “The liberal arts education which attracted me here eventually pushed me to find classics and I could not be happier.”

Through her classics degree, she hopes to earn her Ph.D. and become a teacher. 

“I believe that any successful education has it’s foundation in classics: the literature, philosophy, politics, and so on. Classics is a program that asks you to do it all, and I have never felt more uniquely challenged and as well as knowledgeable.”

Career goal

“I hope to attend a great graduate school for classics, eventually earn my Ph.D., and become a professor.”

Favorite professor

Professor Joseph McAlhany has had the greatest impact on my Carthage career so far. He was the driving force that pushed me to classics. I am consistently challenged as well as motivated by him.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class has absolutely been Western Heritage (COR 1100) with Prof. Dave Gartner. With it being a required course there was a wide variety of students together which may usually not be otherwise due to their majors. This fostered healthy discussion, and the ability to understand the text we were reading on another level.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class was Ancient Greece II: Alexander the Great to Cleopatra (CLS 1040), where I was introduced to the history of classical world and I struggled incredibly with separating the mythology from actual historical events. However, it did enlighten me on the importance of a well-rounded education. Knowing the history of the era the books I was reading were written in greatly impacted the interpretation of the text.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I worked with Prof. Ben DeSmidt on the Humanities Citizenship Initiative this past summer under the SURE program. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and it just solidified my desire to teach classics.”


“I have received a number of grants and scholarships, the greatest being the Springfield Scholarship. These were the awards that allowed me to attend Carthage. Winning these awards led me to a school that constantly challenges, made me rethink what I valued in my future, and ultimately brought me to classics and the career path I am currently on. I am eternally grateful.”

Campus involvement

“I am the secretary for Student Government and I am a member of the social service sorority Kappa Phi Eta.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“One of my favorites is absolutely orientation! Both when I was a freshmen and an OL. Everything that we went through and everyone we met definitely set the tone for my Carthage career and it was just as amazing helping others experience that sense of belonging as well!”

Biggest surprise so far?

“My biggest surprise so far is how much I have grown to love this school. I know that if I had attended another institution I would not be nearly as happy, or be making as big of a difference. I would never want to go anywhere else.”

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

“Eight-year-old me would be shocked I am no longer planning to be a lawyer. I may not have completely understood what it took back then, but I sure loved to argue!”

Advice for other students considering your major

“You can do it! I know the history, mythology, literature, philosophy, culture, and languages can seem overwhelming at first, but it genuinely pays off to be able to be one step closer to understanding the world people lived in back then!”

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